By Emma L. Wells

Fans were shocked last night when Chris Harrison named two women to be the stars of the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. According to the WashingtonPost.comthe producers of the reality TV show were divided on whether to pick Kaitlyn Bristowe or Britt Nilsson, both former contestants from The Bachelor season 19, so they’re going to let the men make the decision for them. This has never happened on The Bachelorette before, but it’s actually not a first in franchise history: The Bachelor season 6 also began with two potential guys. It’s no surprise that Bristowe and Nilsson seemed underwhelmed and unenthused by the announcement, both trying to stay polite during their joint conversation with Harrison.

On the next season of The Bachelorette, Bristowe and Nilsson will again be squaring off on their quest for a relationship and love. How can you use dating competition to your advantage?

Cupid’s Advice:

Competition in any area can make you work harder, but it also makes the situation tougher. It all depends on how you play the game! Cupid has some dating advice about how to make competition work for you when it comes to a relationship and love: 

1. Stand out from the crowd: Normally, it’s not very healthy to compare yourself to others. But in this case, you can make it work to your advantage. The key is to embrace and promote the qualities that make you unique. By standing out from the crowd, you’ll draw his eyes away from your so-called opponents. 

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2. Be cool: If you feel you’re in a competitive dating environment, the best thing you can do is stay calm. You’ll look confident and therefore more attractive if you can appear to be unbothered by any adversaries. Your future beau will notice you and want to know what makes you so self-assured.

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3. Embrace your uncompetitive side: Believe it or not, even if you’re the type who isn’t interested in opposition, competition in dating can still help you, thanks to the process of elimination. By knowing you won’t fit well with someone interested in engaging in dating contests, you’ve saved your own time by excluding those types of people from the running. Think quality over quantity.

How have you handled dating competition in the past? Tell us in the comments below!