On the very first night of filming, which will be the show's premiere episode, the 25 bachelors will be able to decide which lovely lady they'd like to see as the official Bachelorette and their potential wife. It's unclear whether the woman who loses the vote will be forced to leave the show immediately or be given some other role in the process.
During After the Final Rose for The Bachelor's nineteenth season, host Chris Harrison explained the twist was implemented because producers and viewers were "so torn" over whether Nilsson or Bristowe should be the next Bachelorette.
"The truth is, we had a really hard time deciding. Bachelor Nation was pretty much split right down the middle. Even our staff was completely divided. Passion runs very deep on both sides of this aisle. So we actually decided not to decide," Harrison told viewers. "For the first time in Bachelorette history, we're going to have two Bachelorettes!"
When Bristowe, a 30-year-old dance instructor from Vancouver, and Nilsson, a 27-year-old waitress from Hollywood, joined Harrison onstage, they weren't exactly thrilled about the announcement.
"I think what went through my mind was, 'Well, that's not ideal,'" Bristowe confessed, as Nilsson tried not to get offended.
"Nothing against you," Bristowe elaborated. "I mean, it's just not really what I pictured. But, I mean, if that's what it takes to find somebody!"
While this marks the first time The Bachelorette will introduce this new concept of having two female stars, The Bachelor franchise actually pulled this same stunt a decade ago. Back in 2004, The Bachelor's sixth season featured Byron Velvick against Jay Overbye.
The format featured the 25 bachelorettes handing a rose to either man on Night 1, indicating whom they'd like to continuing dating. The suitor who ended up with the most roses became the Season 6 star. In this case, Velvick won the opportunity to be the Bachelor and Overbye was sent home by the end of the first episode.
Below is a preview clip of The Bachelorette's eleventh-season debut broadcast and drama will most definitely ensue: