"The Bachelorette" Season 9 will premiere in May, ABC has confirmed. In a statement released Wednesday, the network revealed the next season of "The Bachelor" spinoff will start on May 20. The network also confirms one big change for the premiere episode. Instead of airing during the 8-10 p.m. time slot, "The Bachelorette" premiere will run from 9-11 p.m. It will return to its regular Monday 8 p.m. slot the following week.
The lucky Bachelorette who will hand out the roses remains a mystery -- and will for at least two more weeks. "The identity of the latest Bachelorette will be revealed during "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose," airing live on Monday, March 11 from 10 - 11 p.m." ABC confirms.
It's speculated producers will select a fan favorite from Sean Lowe's season of "The Bachelor," as they've done for many of the past seasons. Lindsay Yenter and Catherine Giudici are the two final women. The one who doesn't get the final rose is an obvious choice, as both women have been well received by viewers. Leslie Murphy and AshLee Frazier would also be possible choices for the next Bachelorette, although reports claims Leslie has been linked to one of the contestants from Emily Maynard's season of "The Bachelorette."