After the most unique start to any Bachelorette season ever, it looks like Season 16 is finally becoming a little more stable. As fans settle in for Tayshia Adams' reign as the Bachelorette, viewers are wondering if her love story will be as successful as her predecessor Clare Crawley's was. With new cast members coming in to mix things up, there's a good chance that may be the case. Case in point: Montel Hill, who just joined Tayshia's Bachelorette cast.
In case you're wondering why this is the first you're seeing of Montel and his impressive muscles, it's because he was a new addition to the season. While the majority of Tayshia's suitors were originally picked for Clare, a few additional guys were introduced to the group on the Nov. 10 episode, Montel included.
Back in July, an "insider" told Us Weekly: “Producers reached out to backup Bachelorette contestants who had been vetted for Clare’s season but were ultimately not cast to film at La Quinta [Resort]." So, while Motel might have been benched for Clare's season, he was brought in for a chance to shine in Tayshia's cast.
The 30-year-old from Hingham, Massachusetts, is a professional trainer, and his Instagram (as well as his abs) are proof of his skills in the gym. His social media is filled with photos of at-home workouts, gym flexes, and progress shots of his clients. It also looks like he's a major shoe fan and lover of the "look off into the distance" pose, both of which are wildly relatable.
While he didn't get the most screen time during the first episode, he made quite the impression with his salmon-colored jacket (which is the stuff of Bachelorette legend at this point). Since there's still plenty of time left for a potential Montel-Tayshia connection, fans shouldn't write him off just yet. Whether they have the storybook ending that Clare and Dale did, though, only time will tell.
Season 16 of The Bachelorette continues on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.