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This year’s season of The Bachelorette sees two former Bachelorette guide Katie Thurston through the process as she picks from a math teacher dressed as a cat, a pro football player, and a box. Tayshia Adams (season 16) and Kaitlyn Bristowe (season 11) were selected to replace Chris Harrison, marking this the first season without him.
Tayshia and Kaitlyn were both excited and were a great contrast to the nerves Katie was feeling. This was emphasized by Katie being sad thinking she was going through this process alone, until the two surprised her. They could barely contain their laughter, which seemed like a sign of how the rest of the episode would go.
The change in Thurston’s demeanor was immediate. While she was still nervous, she was more relaxed. Usually, Chris Harrison disappears while the men arrive, so seeing Tayshia and Kaitlyn peer through a window, and watch Katie meet her suitors was a lot of fun. We saw them holding popcorn at one point and Katie was able to give them her reactions through hand signals, like a thumbs up or two. The viewers at home got to hear their reactions to the different men’s first impressions, voicing the thoughts of those at home. It made the show feel more personable.
Kaitlyn spoke earlier this month to People about how much the mentor support of a former contestant would have helped her during her time on the show. During the usual slot where the bachelorette would sit with Chris Harrison and talk through their thoughts, we got to see Katie ask Adams and Bristowe questions. They were able to offer advice Harrison couldn’t because he’s only viewed the process from the sidelines.
We’ll have to wait and see how their presence impacts the rest of the season, but if it works, this could be the future of the franchise. Since things are already different this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to implement it. It would be a welcome reset to a show that has been running for 19 years.
Alexis Crandall is an Emerson College student majoring in journalism with a minor in Public Relations. She is also an intern at AfterBuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos.
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