Whether you're a new fan or a veteran watcher, all that romance can get a bit confusing, so I've created a guide to the people, players, date night descriptions and terminology you need to know for the season. (If you think you're already an expert, I challenge you to Bachelorette-off). Let's begin our journey.
Who is Becca Kufrin?
Becca Kufrin was named the next Bachelorette during last season's Bachelor reunion show, after she was unceremoniously dumped by Arie Luyendyk Jr. -- after he proposed.
Even before this season of The Bachelorette starts, Becca has said she fell in love with two guys, which will mean a lot of drama. Plus we know she was proposed to and said yes, so it seems pretty likely she found Prince Charming (or at least someone to be engaged to for a while). We also know she is not playing around, episode 1 she asked someone to leave, which I've never seen before!
That said, beware spoilers everywhere in this day and age, especially on Twitter. It's more fun to try to guess who will end up engaged, so do not check Reality Steve. To really avoid all spoilers, watch each episode live or avoid Twitter entirely.
Who you need to know
Coming off a dramatic season with Arie that did not disappoint, I expect a lot of the same from this season. Here are the key players so far. And if you're doing a bachelorette bracket, here's a breakdown on how to create the perfect bracket and win!
Arie LuyendykJr. : Becca's ex-fiance. He was originally a contestant on Season 8 of the Bachelorette with Emily Maynard. He was the surprise pick for the Bachelor last season, and we all thought Becca was his happy ending. Cut to, he's now engaged to Lauren B. his second pick. And Entertainment Tonight reports that he'll be making an appearance on Becca's season. Which can only mean one thing, drama.
Garrett: The winner of the first-impression rose, and that's usually the best indicator of who will win! Quick reminder, all of the women who helped Becca get ready for the season and were bachelorette's themselves (Jojo Fletcher, Rachel Lindsey and Kaitlyn Bristowe) got and stayed engaged to their first impression rose winner. Becca sees a lot of her departed father in Garrett. So, I have my eye on Garrett. Big FYI thought, HuffPost found his Instagram account had liked a bunch of shady conspiracy theories before he shut it down. On May 31st, he posted a statement on his new account. For more information about the scandal click here.
John Graham: He's the guy who started out his intro by saying he was one of the first developers of Venmo. Yes, *that* Venmo. So all heads in Silicon Valley who I KNOW watched the season premiere immediately perked up. Um, did we all hear that right? He survived the first rose ceremony, but will he last the whole season? I'll update because I know we're all curious about this one.
Jordan, the male model: Kay, he sucksssssssss. I'm placing bets on this guy being our villain this year. I could write a whole separate piece about how much I hate him, and we've only had one episode. All joking aside, my gut says he's going to say something abhorrent, and I'll have no choice but to rant about it on Twitter. So stay tuned for that. TL;DR -- I can't wait for him to be kicked off, and I'm not the only one.
Chris Harrison, the host: He's the only other person you should really care about. No, he is not just "Chris," he's referred to as "Chris Harrison." He will randomly show up before every rose ceremony, or pop up when there is some really good drama (looking at you Chad from JoJo's season). He'll also say the phrases "most dramatic season we've ever had" and "for the first time in Bachelor history" all the time. And we'll all make the same joke on Twitter about it and then fall into a deep pit of despair because this is the life we've chosen to lead.
Neil Lane: He provides the engagement ring, and for some reason whenever the two finalists have a heart-to-heart with him, they magically know they just have to propose.
Here are all the men courting Becca this season, and some definitely seem better than others. We've already seen seven kicked off. Chase, Kamil, Joe, Christian, Darius and Grant were sent home. The most notable kick off was Jake! Becca accused him of not having the purest of intentions, and she said BOY BYE before the rose ceremony.
Bachelor Nation terms to know
Seemingly random phrases get thrown around a lot on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but I'm here to help.
Rose ceremony: This is where Becca will narrow down her guys every week. She'll say a name, give a guy a rose (it's hooked onto their jackets with magnets in case you were wondering) and it's pretty basic. There will be 16 commercial breaks and sometimes, we won't even have a rose ceremony because of all the drama takes too much time and you realize life is awful those weeks, so get ready.
One-on-ones: The Bachelorette and one guy will get to go on a date. Tears will be shed by one or both. It'll be romantic or awkward, but either way we win.
Two-on-ones: THESE DATES ARE THE BEST. The Bachelorette will have to decide between two guys, so she takes both of them on a date, then dumps one of them in front of the other -- or she'll dump both of them. I count down the days until the two-on-one(s) because the drama is the best.
Fantasy suite: Popping up near the end of season, this is where the Bachelorette and a suitor will go to have alone time without the cameras. And, you know, be together.
Hometowns: The Bachelorette will travel to random parts of the country during this ep, meeting her suitors' families and having awkward conversations about marriage. Sometimes exes pop up, but it's usually a pretty boring episode.
Reunion show: The final show is a reunion called After the Final Rose where we catch up with the finalists after all the drama. Chris Harrison will constantly cut to commercial and show awkward moments from the season. Ninety percent of this episode will be trash. (The other 10 percent is when we get another Jason Mesnick situation, and all hell breaks loose.)
Men Tell All episode: This is a full episode that usually airs after the hometowns ep. ABC brings all the eliminated men together to hash out their beefs, yell at one another and vie to be the next Bachelor. We laugh, we cry, and bets are made about who will grace the next season. (And yes, there is a Women Tell All ep during Bachelor seasons.)
The Bachelor premiered in 2002 on ABC and has been running for 22 seasons. That's 230 episodes! The Bachelorette began the following year, and since then 26 territories around the world have aired versions of Bachelor. There have been various one-off specials (sometimes featuring weddings) and three big spin-offs:
Bachelor Pad: The worst (and original) spin-off. BP ran for two years, and on season 1 of Paradise, they kept trying to make Bachelor Pad a thing, but everyone realized it was a trash show and stopped. End of story (and show).
The Bachelor Winter Games: A two-week show that aired in February, this spin-off was modeled after the Olympics. Alums from all over the world met, exchanged pleasantries and (sometimes) fell in love. One couple came out engaged, but they've already broken up. The format was confusing, and the people seemed awkward around each other. It was a total meh spin-off, so I don't expect it to return.
Originally published May 26, 2018, and regularly updated.