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Kaitlyn Bristowe Chosen As 'The Bachelorette' On Second Night Of Season 11 Premiere

05/19/2015 08:13 pm ET | Updated May 19, 2015
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After a two-hour Monday night premiere packed with tears, self-doubt and some less-than-impressive bachelors, we finally know who will star in the 11th season of "The Bachelorette.' Drumroll please ... Kaitlyn Bristowe.

With the Britt Nilsson sent home after just one night, "The Bachelorette" now returns to its regularly scheduled programming. Kaitlyn now has 25 suitors (some of whom had their hearts set on Britt!) to choose between.

With the departure of Britt, it may be back to business as usual for "The Bachelorette," but the show has already ginned up enough controversy for a whole season with its two-Bachelorette gambit. Host Chris Harrison sat down with HuffPost Live and defended the approach, saying, "I love that some people are upset about it, because we've hit a chord with the people who are upset. It's probably an issue you have with yourself or with other women." Not everyone agreed, especially after an agonizing premiere that featured Britt and Kaitlyn seemingly torn up with insecurity and lashing out at each other.

But with Kaitlyn now in the driver's seat, here's hoping the rest of the season is a little stronger on girl power.

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