The format of The Bachelorette's upcoming season has yet to be detailed by ABC, and when Gabby and Rachel were announced as the two leading ladies in March, they admitted they didn't even know how the process was going to work themselves.
The bachelors, presumably 30 of them, got to know both women and accompanied Gabby and Rachel on dates in the first few days of filming, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
The first two episodes of The Bachelorette will therefore reportedly feature Gabby and Rachel interacting to all the men and vice versa.
Carbone reported that at the third Rose Ceremony of the season, the men had to make the decision of whether they'd like to continue dating Gabby or Rachel going forward.
The men had to choose between the ladies before international travel started to Paris, Belgium, and Amsterdam.
Rachel and Gabby reportedly handed out roses to the men whom they were interested in and then those suitors had to choose whether they'd like to accept the rose or not.
"I was told Rachel was rejected more than once," Carbone revealed in his blog.
"Now, I don't know if that meant those guys automatically went in Gabby's group (because what if Gabby wasn't into them?) because I don't have all the details on it, but I just heard Rachel passed out a few roses that were rejected."
But Gabby was also reportedly turned down by Hayden Markowitz, who selected Rachel as his potential love interest.
Following hometown dates, Gabby, Rachel and their remaining men flew to Mexico, where the Final Rose Ceremony will reportedly film this Saturday, May 21.
When Gabby and Rachel appeared on Good Morning America in March, they were asked about the show's format.
"Everyone keeps asking," Gabby said on GMA.
"We just got thrown in. But I have faith and a lot of trust and I love Rachel to death and I know we're gonna have each other's backs the whole way, so there's really not a doubt in my mind that it's gonna end up well."
The Bachelorette's new season will be hosted by Jesse Palmer and premiere Monday, July 11 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
Given Gabby and Rachel had a heartbreaking journey competing against each other on Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor in which they had been strung along and dumped simultaneously, fans have voiced their dismay over the idea the women may be pitted against each other again.
The Bachelorette's Season 11 men were asked to vote for which woman they'd like to continue dating on Night 1, and Kaitlyn ended up winning the position over Britt, who was then immediately kicked off the show.
Viewers watched Clayton break up with and devastate Gabby and Rachel in a group dumping session after sleeping with the both of them and also professing his love to three women.
Clayton let Gabby and Rachel go in order to chase down the woman he was "the most in love with," Susie Evans, who had quit during Fantasy Suites due to Clayton's decision to be intimate -- both emotionally and physically -- with two other ladies.
Gabby and Rachel were sent packing when they were both totally in love with Clayton and had met his family.
Clayton made each girl feel like she was going to be the one at the end with him, but he is now dating Susie in the real world.
On The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special, Gabby said she felt misled by Clayton and complained, "As you said, you compartmentalized our relationships. Watching it back, everything is so muddled and you were clearly pitting us against each other. It really seemed like a competition, which I had expressed to you I didn't want to be a part of."
"And it seemed like you had your mind set on Susie WAY before you wanted to tell us, and you kept going back to Rachel and I, 'Oh, I want to try this and I want you to meet my family -- but I can't stop thinking about Susie and I love Susie the most,'" she added.
Rachel also admitted to feeling betrayed and "cast aside" by The Bachelor 26 star. Rachel put Clayton in his place by saying he never loved her and ultimately didn't deserve her love.
Rachel even questioned Clayton if he had just said "I love you" to her in order to sleep with her in the Fantasy Suites.