Following the canceled rose ceremony in The Bachelorette Season 19, ABC teased the second episode would feature Rachel Recchias' first one-on-one date, consisting of a once-in-a-lifetime Zero-G Experience, followed by a surprise musical performance by Ashley Cooke and Brett Young.
Jordan Vandergriff, aka Jordan V., was revealed to be the recipient of Rachels coveted first one-on-one date card just before the Los Angeles Theater's live performance. She realized she wasn't feeling a connection with Rachel and ran off to speak with a producer. Upon her return, the co-Bachelorette explained to Jordan why she couldn't give him her rose.
If the date had gone according to plan, they would have finished the night watching a private concert by Cooke & Young. Instead, ABC recorded their Never Til Now duet but edited the aired footage to include video of Rachel and Jordan saying their final goodbyes.
Cooke announced on Instagram that she would be performing on a major television show on July 12, and that the next day she revealed that the series would be ABCs The Bachelorette. In the days following, the singer shared several behind-the-scenes stories, including her first time seeing the set and a pre-performance pep talk with Young, during which she admitted that her performance might be uncomfortable.
Cooke announced in a March 29 Instagram post that she had just found your next wedding song! Even before the show premiered on The Bachelorette, the couple's music video racked up roughly 2.2 million views.
Cooke, who will be joining Young on tour later this summer, said in a statement (via Country Now) before her Bachelorette TV debut. It's an honor to be a part of Rachel and Gabby's journey to finding love.