The Bachelorette Season 19: Release Date, Cast, And New Details

2021 was the year of "The Bachelorette." Although the year started out with Matt James' season of "The Bachelor," fans later got a double dose of the ladies when not one but two of James' contestants were chosen as the franchise's new stars (via Accept This Rose). Katie Thurston was first up. Thurston won over fans with her sex-positive attitude and her willingness to speak up for what was right. Viewers dove into Thurston's season and watched as she eventually got engaged to Blake Moynes, a former contestant on Tayshia Adams' season. The couple ended their engagement six months later (via Yahoo).

Following Thurston's season of the show, Michelle Young was ready to find love in Season 18. Young captured the hearts of fans with her open and honest dialogue and caring heart. She wrapped up her season when she accepted a proposal from Nayte Olukoya (via People Magazine). However, viewers were torn about the decision after falling in love with all four of Young's final contestants. Now that a new year has dawned, fans are already wondering what's going on with Season 19 of "The Bachelorette."

The Bachelorette Season 19 will likely air mid to late 2022

"The Bachelorette" is one of TV's biggest reality shows, and fans look forward to each season (via Accept This Rose). While there is no current release date for the upcoming Season 19 of the series, the show has been known to premiere in the months of May and October during past seasons. The announcement of the new "Bachelorette" is also usually made during the "After The Final Rose" show of "The Bachelor" finale in March. After that time, fans should know more, per Bustle.

While in 2021 fans watched two seasons of "The Bachelorette," that likely won't be the case in 2022. Instead, Clayton Echard from Michelle Young's season has been chosen as the new "Bachelor." His episodes began airing in January.

Since Echard's season is kicking off the franchise this year, there's a possibility that ABC will go back to its normal "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" schedule going forward. This would likely mean that Season 19 of "The Bachelorette" will not air until mid to late 2022, with "Bachelor in Paradise" airing during the summer, per usual. Although fans loved the back-to-back seasons last year, the network hasn't made any announcements regarding plans for Season 19.

Will a previous fan favorite be the new Bachelorette?

As of now, the cast of "The Bachelorette" Season 19 has yet to be set. The contestants likely won't be chosen or announced until after ABC has officially announced the star of the season, which could happen as early as March, per Bustle. While it's likely that a woman from Clayton Echard's season of "The Bachelor" could be chosen as ABC's new leading lady, there are always other options. There have been times when the network has surprised fans and picked a former contestant to headline the franchise. If they choose to do so this time around, fans may be interested in seeing someone like Natasha Parker in the role (via Accept This Rose). Parker made headlines during 2021's "Bachelor in Paradise" as she tried to find love on the beach but was unlucky at every turn.

Of course, the show could choose to spice things up a bit by picking Demi Burnett as the lead. Burnett came out as bisexual during a previous season of "Paradise," and the show could get a bit wild if the contestants vying for her heart were a mix of both men and women. However, it will likely be a few months before any news about the cast of the new "Bachelorette" is revealed.

Will the show be more careful about casting this time around?

Fans may remember that the news of Clayton Echard's "Bachelor" casting leaked before he was ever seen on Michelle Young's season of "The Bachelorette" (via Page Six). It appears that the producers liked Echard so much that they chose to make him the new leading man, despite the fact that Young's final four were all beloved by viewers. Now that Echard's season has been filmed, producers may already have an idea about who they want to become the new "Bachelorette."

However, due to the backlash that Echard's casting has caused among viewers (via Heavy), the network may decide to keep that information closely guarded until they see how the season resonates with viewers and which contestants that fans appear to like the best. Since the news of Echard's casting was leaked so far in advance, it seems that the network may want to keep as much under wraps as possible this time around. For now, fans will just have to sit back and wait for new updates regarding "The Bachelorette" Season 19.