The grey-garbed ladies will go head-to-head when The Bachelorette premieres May 18

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated May 04, 2015 01:30 PM
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Mr. Grey will see you now?

Foregoing the usual brightly colored gowns we might expect to see on The Bachelorette, Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe opted for more subdued looks in their first promo photos for ABC’s hit reality series while their cheerful smiles belie the drama that is soon to ensue.

Set to go head-to-head in the two-part premiere airing May 18, only Britt or Kaitlyn will move forward in the competition after their 25 potential suitors make a choice: Will it be the gorgeous, charming Britt, who won the coveted first impression rose from Bachelor Chris Soules, or will it be Kaitlyn, the witty girl next door with whom Chris admitted he was falling in love before leaving her behind as the second runner-up?

As Kaitlyn herself admitted to PEOPLE back in March, the situation is “definitely not ideal.” However, “it’s an incredible opportunity,” she added. “And if the outcome is me meeting the guy I spend the rest of my life with, then it’s all worth it.”

For the record, Britt is perfectly aware of how she was received during her tenure on The Bachelor, and she said that she was “grateful” to even be in the running. “I don’t know if they’ve ever had someone who has been controversial,” she told PEOPLE. “I don’t feel like I did anything wrong, but people dislike me. I don’t really get that but it’s true.”

To her credit, Kaitlyn says that Britt is a “lovely human being. But, at the end of the day, we’re very different people.”

Spreading the love, Britt said that “there are insecurities” because Kaitlyn is “very likable, and she’s gorgeous, obviously. Part of me is scared, but the more I think about it, [I realize] it’s just going to be what it’s going to be. If Kaitlyn’s husband is in that group of men, it’s going to work out for her, and I’ll go home and I’ll have to be okay with that. But I’m excited!”

The Bachelorette‘s two-part premiere begins May 18 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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