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The next Bachelorette, Michelle Young, started filming her season on July 30th.
Season 18 of The Bachelorette will premiere October 19 and air on Tuesdays in the fall.
Reality Steve has all the deets on who's hosting, all the new locations where Michelle's season is filming, and more before it all airs.
Are you ready, Bachelor fans? The next season of The Bachelorette is right around the corner. Season 18 will star Michelle Young, the adorable elementary school teacher who arrived late on Matt James' season of The Bachelor and made it almost all the way to the end. Matt's runner up was a fan favorite for weeks and proved she wasn't afraid of a challenge (um, remember when they climbed down the side of a building together?).
If you can't wait for Michelle's season to start in October (and more pre-Rose Ceremony push-ups), then Reality Steve has you covered. The king of Bachelor, Bachelorette, and even Bachelor in Paradise spoilers is back with all the info you need to stay on top of what's happening during Michelle Young's Bachelorette journey.
Keep reading for all the latest deets on this season, including whether or not Michelle finds love at the end of her journey and more.
Warning, major spoilers ahead! Do not keep reading if you don't want to know what happens on Season 18 of The Bachelorette before it airs on ABC!
When does Michelle's Bachelorette season premiere?
ABC released the fall programming update and the intel on when Michelle will grace screens everywhere. Her season will snag the Tuesday night slot starting October 19.
"Michelle’s season of the “Bachelorette” will premiere on Oct 19th and air on Tuesdays like Clare/Tayshia’s season last year, per ABC’s Fall Premiere schedule release today," Reality Steve tweeted.
When is Michelle filming her journey to find love?
She and her husband hopefuls are filming RN. (Cue squeals of glee.) That means Michelle's journey is starting sooner than any Bachelorette season before. The October premiere date doesn't give much time for the cameras to capture her journey to find love, so ABC didn't delay.
Reality Steve confirmed that her season officially started filming on July 30, on his Twitter. (Yep, Michelle may be chatting with her future husband right this minute, eeek.)
What's more, Reality Steve also said that Michelle's season was actually supposed to start earlier (back when ABC producers were still deciding whether Katie Thurston should be the next Bachelorette). But the filming dates were pushed to this summer so Michelle wouldn't miss any time in the classroom with her students, per Reality Steve. So, the best teacher of the year award goes to:
Where is Michelle's season filming?
It looks like The Bachelorette will ease back into jet-setting around again. Reality Steve wrote on his website that "Michelle’s season starts filming the end of this month in Palm Springs."
This season's new digs are, well, gorgeous. It's a "desert oasis" with farm-to-table food, a golf course, spa, and much more to help beat the scorching heat. There are pools and palm trees galore, too. See for yourself:
"After Palm Springs, Michelle will film some of her season in Minnesota. They are staying at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis," Steve confirmed. He also pointed out that the hotel's website says it's booked up for most of August for "Bachelorette." "However, I don’t think that’s the last place they’ll be," Steve continued. "I do think overnights and final rose ceremony will be in a different location based on the fact I’m hearing filming ends almost two weeks into September."
It looks pretty swanky and like the perfect place to find love, natch. Here's a few pics for evidence:
That's not the only Minnesota spot making the cut for Michelle's journey. "One location they’ll be filming at sometime in August when filming moves to Minnesota will be at the Semple Mansion," Steve wrote on Twitter.
In case you're not a Minnesota mansion expert, here's the lowdown on the digs. It's a 19,073 square foot property that was the home of Frank and Anne Semple, per the home's website. Now, the abode is an award-winning wedding venue that features The Grand Palladian Ballroom, the largest original residential ballroom in the state, and a historic vault turned Wine Grotto.
He added that regular hometown dates will be back this season, meaning that Michelle will get to travel to each of the final four guys' homes again. Fans haven't enjoyed multiple filming locations since Pilot Pete's ill-fated Bachelor season.
But don't get too excited yet: "The plan was to go back to regular hometown dates," Steve wrote in a new blog post. "I do not know if that changes now due to the Delta variant. I guess we’ll see as they get closer to hometowns."
Who's hosting Michelle's season of The Bachelorette?
Everyone's favorite dynamic Bachelor Nation duo is officially back to host this season, per Variety. Kaitlyn and Tayshia signed their contracts to help Michelle find love. They've already quarantined, too.
What's more, Kaitlyn and Tayshia's contracts both include multi-year options. That means they could potentially go on to host other seasons, too. (FWIW, it's also a sign ABC probably hasn't found a permanent Chris Harrison replacement yet, per Variety. Hmmm.)
Reality Steve shared intel first: "Kaitlyn and Tayshia will be returning to co-host Michelle’s season of the Bachelorette,'" he tweeted.
Kaitlyn and Tayshia made their hosting debut on Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette. Back in June, the pair told The Hollywood Reporter that they would be more than happy to host Michelle's season, too: "I think people really enjoyed this refreshing season and what women can bring to the table when it comes to empowering one another, and I think people at home really like to see that," Kaitlyn said. "We’d love to be a part of it. And even if it’s not us, we would love to see women involved."
"Absolutely. If it’s not us, we would love to see women involved," Tayshia added. Kaitlyn did not hold back—"If I find out where they’re filming and I’m not a part of it, I’m showing up anyways!" she said.
Who are the contestants on Michelle's season?
ABC just dropped the first list of 35 guys who might show up on Michelle's season. There's still room for a few last-minute changes, though, so don't get too attached to anyone yet. But the list includes guys with Bachelor Nation ties and guys who might already know Michelle from home—so, basically, there are already some potential frontrunners.
Reality Steve noted on his blog that this cast is pretty standard, as far as Bachelorette seasons go. "The average age of this cast is 29.3, which seems to track with past seasons," he wrote. (FYI, Michelle is 28.) "I’m curious to see who gets the boot," he added—which, same.
According to Michelle's Bachelor bio, she's looking for someone who is "confident but not cocky and will look at her as his equal in all things." She also "wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place." Seems like the guys this time around have huge standards to live up to. Here. For. It.
What happens during Michelle's Bachelorette season?
As of right now, you'll have to wait to see what drama unfolds this season. But, based on Katie's season, you can expect plenty of twists, turns, and feuds to keep you on your toes.
Who wins Michelle's heart and does she get engaged?
Michelle's journey has only just begun, so she hasn't decided whether to settle down with a new guy and a Neil Lane sparkler yet. Any fiancè news (or breakup news) is still tbd!
Stay tuned for all the latest updates on Michelle's season, coming to ABC this fall.
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