Michelle Young’s journey to find love isn’t over yet! On the finale of Matt James’s season of The Bachelor, we watched Michelle leave in tears after Matt sent her home. Even the matching Mr. and Mrs. James jerseys she brought weren’t enough to save the relationship.
Luckily, it was announced on “After the Final Rose” that Michelle is our new Bachelorette! Katie recently wrapped up her season and now Michelle will take over for fall’s season 18 on October 19 on ABC. The way I see it, Michelle is a real winner because LBH, being the Bachelorette > being a Bachelor contestant.
We already have a ton of info about Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette, so, if you can’t wait for it to premiere (we don’t blame you!) keep scrolling for allll the spoilers. Consider yourself warned! *cue dramatic music*
We know Michelle’s contestants
ABC was kind enough to share who Michelle’s contestants are, and she certainly has a fine group of men competing for her heart! But know, not all the dudes make the final cut, so this is just a prelim kinda sitch.
Speaking of contestants...
Michelle was caught on a date with Joe Coleman
Reality Steve secured some footage of Michelle and Joe having a one-on-one date at a Twins/Rays game at Target Field...where they shared a kiss after he successfully threw a perfect pitch. Probs helps that he’s a Minnesota native like her!
We DEFINITELY see why Michelle took Joe on a one-on-one and shared a kiss with him! He is v much easy on the eyes (we see you drooling, girl—wipe your lip!). And you already know we have all the tea on him. Drool away!
Michelle was spotted on *TWO* dates with Nayte Olukoya
Reality Steve reported seeing Michelle on a one-on-one date with contestant Nayte Olukoya. The pair went out on the lake in a pontoon boat and then played volleyball after. Two of Michelle’s gal pals tagged along to get a ~vibe~ for Nayte, bc duh, what are your girls for?
I guess the first date went super well and Michelle’s girls gave their stamp of approval bc Reality Steve secured pics of Michelle and Nayte on a second one-on-one date! This time the couple went out on the water to paddle board (they really love their water activities, no?)—sans besties. It def seems like we may have a front-runner on our hands!
And I mean, come on 😍. Do you see Nayte? We get it, Michelle, we get it. If you’re wanting more info on this v attractive human, you know we’ve got you covered with everything we know about Nayte so far!
Normal hometown dates are back
Now that traveling (safely, of course) is an option, Steve says he’s “been told they plan on bringing back regular hometown dates this season, so they will be traveling to the guys hometowns. Which always helps since they usually do those out in public.” Ugh, we're so excited, it hurts.
Filming wrapped around the week of September 8
Per a Reality Steve blog post, taping for Michelle’s season ended early September in Mexico, where Michelle was on her final two dates. Reality Steve said he got a few pics of one of the outings—Michelle and her date went jet skiing (again with the water activities!)—but he couldn’t determine who the man is since the photo was taken from a good distance away. He diiid however rule out Joe, Nate and Peter. Ugh! Here's what Steve wrote:I’ve looked at these two pics I have numerous times and it’s just not clear enough to make out who it is. It’s not Joe and it’s not Nate and it’s not Peter—the only three guys we’ve seen pics of her on a date with so far that’s gotten out publicly. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be the other guy in the final two that I don’t know yet. This is going to be fun trying to figure this one out. Or, per usual, I can just wait until I’m told and that’ll be much more solid.
That’s all we have for now! Def be sure to check back here for updates. We can’t wait to see Michelle on our screens again!