As soon as Michelle Young made her entrance during Matt James’ Bachelor season, viewers fell in love. It’s super easy to see why: The 28-year-old elementary school teacher is warm and caring, with a great sense of humor and genuine desire to make a difference in the world. Although she clearly seemed to be there for the right reasons, Matt devastated his runner-up (and fans) when he ultimately ended things with her during the season finale. But the Bachelor Nation gods have blessed us with not one, but two Bachelorette seasons in 2021. With Katie Thurston’s Season 17 reign officially up, it’s now time for Michelle Young’s turn as the Season 18 Bachelorette.
At the March 15 “After the Final Rose” special following Matt’s Bachelor season, it was revealed that both Katie and Michelle will be Bachelorettes this year. “I was a little nervous, but once I found out that it was two different seasons, I was here for it,” Michelle said at the time. “I’m excited that I get to have somebody to bond over with this and share notes as we go.”
With Katie’s Bachelorette season wrapped and Bachelor In Paradise coming to a close, it’s almost time to watch Michelle get a brand-new chance at love. Here’s everything to know about her upcoming season so far. P.S. You might wanna take notes because there’s a cast member or two who miiiiight become a big part of Bachelor Nation...
Michelle’s Bachelorette Season Premiere Date
Michelle’s Bachelorette season is officially moving back to Tuesday nights with a premiere date of Tuesday, Oct. 19. According to ABC’s official fall schedule, you can expect The Bachelorette Season 18 to air from 8 to 10 p.m. ET weekly. Love that for us.
Michelle’s Bachelorette Season Cast
Michelle’s cast of suitors has officially been chosen, so it’s time to get your brackets ready. On Monday, July 26, The Bachelorette Facebook page posted photos of 35 guys who could potentially be on the season, and then on Sept. 27, the official cast was announced via The Bachelorette Facebook page. 30 men will be competing for Michelle’s heart and The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has already confirmed one of her guys will be the next Bachelor. Meet the men who will be fighting for roses, and the Bachelor title, this season:
This is Alec, age 29, from North Charleston, South Carolina.
Here’s Brandon J., age 26, from Portland, Oregon.
Meet Brandon K., age 29, from Austin, Texas.
Above is Bryan, age 31, from Chicago, Illinois.
This is Casey, age 36, from Miami Beach, Florida.
Representing Canada is Chris G., age 28, from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Here’s Chris S., age 28, from Hollywood, California.
Then there’s Clayton, age 28, from Columbia, Missouri.
This is Daniel, age 26, from Austin, Texas.
Next up is Edward, age 27, from Los Angeles, California.
This is Garrett, age 33, from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Here’s Jack, age 30, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Then we’ve got Jamie, age 32, from San Diego, California.
Above is Joe, age 28, from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Next up is JoMarri, age 26, from Fresno, California.
This is Leroy, age 27, from Dallas, Texas.
Here’s LT, age 38, from Bellevue, Washington.
Next is Martin, age 29, from Miami, Florida.
Also in the running is Mollique, age 36, from San Diego, California.
Here’s Nayte, age 27, from Austin, Texas.
Above is Olumide, age 27, from Newark, New Jersey.
This is Pardeep, age 30, from Brooklyn, New York.
Here’s Peter, age 26, from Port St. Joe, Florida
Next up is PJ, age 30, from Houston, Texas.
Meet Rick, age 32, from Los Angeles, California.
Then there’s Rodney, age 29, from Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Above is Romeo, age 32, from New York City, New York.
This is Ryan, age 30, from San Jose, California.
Here’s Spencer, age 25, from Cleveland, Ohio.
And finally, here’s Will, age 28, from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
All 30 of these men will compete for Michelle’s heart when Season 18 of The Bachelorette premieres Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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