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By Aili Nahas
March 10, 2015 10:20 AM
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As America now knows, not one but two women, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson, were named potential Bachelorettes for the next season of the ABC show, squaring off on night one. Shocking news for fans, but the women themselves are taking it in stride.

“I’m trying to be really positive about the situation,” Bristowe tells PEOPLE of vying to officially become the next Bachelorette. “It’s definitely not ideal, but it’s an incredible opportunity. And if the outcome is me meeting the guy I spend the rest of my life with, then it is all worth it.”

Nilsson, who weathered a storm of jealousy and drama during her time in the Bachelor house, says she’s “grateful” to even be in the running.

“I don’t know if they’ve ever had someone who has been controversial,” Nilsson says. “I don’t feel like I did anything wrong, but people dislike me. I don’t really get that but it’s true. So I’m super grateful.”

As far as weighing in on the competition, Bristowe calls Nilsson “a lovely human being.”

“She’s a very positive, intelligent, nice girl,” says Bristowe, “but at the end of the day, we’re very different people.”

Says Nilsson: “There are insecurities [for me] because I really like Kaitlyn! She’s 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!”

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