Jul 12, 2022 - News

Our "Bachelorette" begins (another) love journey

Gabby Windey. Photo: Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

ICU nurse Gabby Windey began a fresh quest for love, debuting alongside Rachel Recchia in Monday night's premiere of "The Bachelorette" on ABC.

What's new: This is the first time in the show's 19-season history that two women will co-star.

  • Each handed out "first impression roses" to their favorite guys on Monday's episode.
  • Windey had chemistry with Mario, a personal trainer, and Erich, a real estate analyst — who both earned a first-date kiss.
  • She also seemed to have a spark with the contestant who arrived on horseback, inexplicably shirtless.

Driving the news: Windey, a former Broncos cheerleader, was picked in March to lead the new season.

  • She brought her would-be-beau, bachelor Clayton Echard, to Denver during last season's "The Bachelor."
  • Echard ultimately rejected Windey, giving her the chance to star on the new show.

Of note: Windey, an Illinois native, previously worked at the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, and graduated from UCCS.

What to watch: It's unclear what will happen if the two bachelorettes fall for the same bachelor. Even host Jesse Palmer said he wasn't sure.

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