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The 18th season of The Bachelorette premiered on October 19, 2021. The season features 28-year-old Michelle Young, a teacher.

She first appeared on the 25th season of The Bachelor, where she was rejected by Matt James.

She ultimately chose Nayte Olukoya and accepted his proposal.

Filming and development

Filming began at the end of July 2021, in Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Palm Springs. Filming will also be taking place in Minnesota, at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis. They will attempt to bring back the "normal" hometown dates for this season. The last three Bachelor Nation seasons were filmed inside the bio-secure bubble zone during the COVID-19 pandemic, as cast and crew could allow to go out once quarantine restrictions had lifted.

Casting and contestants

Katie Thurston and Michelle Young were announced as the next two bachelorettes at the After The Final Rose special of Matt James' season of The Bachelor.

On July 26, 2021, 35 possible men were announced on Facebook. The final cast, consisting of 30 men, was announced on September 27, 2021.

Contestants

The season began with 30 contestants.

Future appearances

Call-out order

Order Bachelors Episode / Week
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 Nayte Nayte Brandon J. Martin Martin Joe Nayte Brandon J. Nayte Nayte
2 Romeo Jamie Jamie Rodney Olu Clayton Brandon J. Nayte Brandon J. Brandon J.
3 Jack Leroy Joe Brandon J. Rick Nayte Joe Joe Joe
4 Clayton Martin Nayte Joe Brandon J. Rick Rodney Rodney
5 Jamie Spencer Rodney Rick Leroy Olu Olu
Rick
6 Chris G. Rick Martin Leroy Joe Brandon J.
7 Mollique Clayton Rick Nayte Rodney Martin Martin
8 Alec Peter Leroy Casey Clayton Rodney Clayton
9 Will PJ Spencer Chris G. Casey Casey
Leroy
10 Pardeep Mollique Casey Chris S. Nayte
11 Olu Romeo Chris G. Clayton Chris S. Chris S.
12 Chris S. Daniel Mollique Olu Chris G.
Romeo
Will
13 Garrett Brandon J. Olu Romeo
14 Casey Will Chris S. Will
15 Brandon K. Chris S. Will LT
Mollique
Peter
Spencer
16 LT Rodney Romeo
17 Rick Alec LT
18 Ryan Pardeep Clayton
19 Rodney Chris G. Peter Jamie
20 Peter Casey Alec
Daniel
Pardeep
PJ
21 Daniel Olu
22 PJ LT
23 Brandon J. Joe
24 Spencer Brandon K.
Bryan
Edward
Garrett
Jack
JoMarri
25 Bryan
26 JoMarri
27 Edward
28 Leroy
29 Martin
30 Joe Ryan
The contestant received a first impression rose.
The contestant received a rose during the date.
The contestant received a rose during the cocktail party.
The contestant did not receive a rose during the date but was safe.
The contestant was eliminated.
The contestant was eliminated during the date.
The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony.
The contestant was disqualified from the competition.
The contestant quit the competition.
The contestant won the competition.

Episodes

No. in season Title Original air date
1 "Week 1: Limo Arrivals" October 19, 2021
Michelle Young’s journey to find love begins! Thirty incredible men arrive, hoping to impress Michelle with their charm, wit and dashing good looks, but before the men can attempt to woo her, they’ll have to get through hosts and mentors Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams first. It may be night one, but the suitors quickly learn it’s going to take more than a good limo entrance to win this Bachelorette’s heart.
2 "Week 2" October 26, 2021
Michelle steps into the next phase of her journey with the 23 remaining men for a whirlwind week of firsts. On the season’s first group date, the guys get schooled by a trio of talented fifth graders, but when a pop quiz turns into a test of temperament, Michelle makes it clear she’s not here for class clowns. Afterward, one lucky man gets the first one-on-one and takes his relationship with Michelle to new heights where they enjoy a surprise musical performance by Caroline Jones. Then, with the help of WNBA stars Dearica Hamby and Diamond DeShields, the second group date gives the men a chance to prove if they’ve got what it takes to be a good teammate on – and off – the court. Later, with a rose ceremony looming, one suitor makes a bold decision that sends Michelle looking for answers. Will she discover the truth before handing out the final rose?
3 "Week 3" November 2, 2021
With her trust in the men shaken after last week, Michelle and her remaining suitors embark on a week full of dates set on rebuilding those bonds. First up, stars of the new movie sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” Glen Powell and Jay Ellis, push the guys out of their comfort zone and into the danger zone, but the G-forces won’t be the only thing making their heads spin. Later, one unsuspecting fella makes the most of his one-on-one time, baring it all in his attempt to woo Michelle. And a group date led by spoken-word poet Rudy Francisco has the men waxing poetic. At the end of the day though, it’s Michelle, who, moved by the vulnerability of her guys, steals the show with an emotional spoken-word poem of her own. Before the roses can be handed out, a level-headed guy shares with Michelle that the men in the house have always had her back, leading to a series of confrontations and a shocking conclusion that can’t be missed.
4 "Week 4" November 9, 2021
Michelle is putting her foot on the gas, moving forward in her journey to find love, starting off this week with an adrenaline-pumping joyride at the BMW Performance Center alongside one lucky guy. Later, the largest group of men this season assemble for a slumber party date of epic proportions hosted by WWE Superstars The Bella Twins. But while it’s all fun and games for the guys, their focus seems to be on anything but Michelle, leaving her feeling unseen in a way that feels all too familiar to her past and compels her to share her truth with the group. After an emotional evening, Michelle is ready to lift her spirits – literally – on a second one-on-one date that sees one jokester open up in an unexpected way and features a surprise performance by recording artist Andy Grammer. Just when the drama seems to have faded into the background, one man makes a bold move at the cocktail ceremony, turning the night on its head and forcing Michelle to make some tough decisions as she hands out her roses.
5 "Week 5" November 16, 2021
“The Bachelorette” is hitting the road! For the first time in almost two years, our leading lady and her men will leave their resort and this time they’ll head somewhere particularly special to Michelle—her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Being close to home has its perks and so this week, one lucky guy will get to pull back the curtain on the places and things that made her who she is today, while another will get to meet some of the people who did. The remaining men will attempt to score major points when they take on real Viking challenges to showcase their strength and bravery. It’s a week full of fun and games, but some men seem to have games of their own in mind. Will Michelle show the troublemakers the door?
6 "Week 6" November 23, 2021
With hometowns on the horizon, Michelle enlists the help of some incredibly tough critics to design and lead the dates this week– her own fifth grade students! The men will have to be on their best behavior to impress these smart and savvy pre-teens who want the best for their beloved teacher, but one man stands out with flying colors for his fort building skills and is hand-picked for the coveted one-on-one date. The kids’ instincts are sharp but, even with their help, Michelle still has to make her most difficult decisions as she chooses the men whose families she will meet. In fact, one of those decisions may change the course of one man’s life forever.
7 "Week 7:Hometowns" November 30, 2021
It’s hometowns week! In a fun twist this season, Michelle’s final four men are bringing their families to her in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Designed to show off some of the guys’ own hometown stories, their dates are filled with skateboarding, apple-picking, a romantic prom and even a confession of falling in love. With so much at stake and so little time left, Michelle knows that tonight’s breakup will be the most difficult of the journey so far, and after seeing some red flags, she begins to wonder if all of her men are ready for love. Just in time, Michelle gets a special visit from two of her best friends, Bri and Serena P., who come to her emotional rescue, helping her navigate the ultimate question—did meeting their families change everything?
8 "The Men Tell All" December 6, 2021
“The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All” – Get ready for a wild night full of drama, reconciliation and even a few tears, when Michelle’s suitors reunite for the first time. Fifteen of the former housemates will have the chance to work through their differences and attempt to explain their missteps. Though some may accept responsibility for their actions, others have trouble facing the truth. Later, leading lady herself, Michelle, arrives to reconnect with her former beaus, sharing sweet moments with some of her guys, but what will she say to those who seemed to put their worst foot forward? All that, plus a look at the shocking conclusion of Michelle’s journey, a sneak peek of Clayton’s season of “The Bachelor” and everyone’s favorite tradition—bloopers!
9 "Week 8:Fantasy Suites" December 14, 2021
So long, Minnesota! Michelle and her final three men are off to the beautiful beaches of Mexico! On this week’s fantasy suite dates, the remaining suitors will push their boundaries, test their limits, and open up in ways that surprise not only Michelle, but also themselves. After a trio of exciting and passionate dates, Michelle finds herself questioning—could she be in love with three men at once? Still pondering that question, she’ll head into the rose ceremony with only two roses and one heartbreaking decision to make.
10 "Week 9:Finale" December 21, 2021
Michelle’s journey as “The Bachelorette” is coming to a close. With two incredible beaus remaining, Michelle’s parents and sister join her in beautiful Mexico to get to know the men who may be joining their family. The pressure is on to impress, but will they stick the landing or fall short? After each guy has met the family and taken Michelle on one final date, she’ll have a life-changing decision to make. Has she found her soulmate, and will he get down on one knee?
11 "After The Final Rose" December 21, 2021
The roses have all been handed out, “The Bachelorette” herself, Michelle Young, returns. Hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will lead the night, guiding emotional discussions of love and heartbreak between Michelle and her final two men. Plus, appearances from Bachelor Nation fan-favorites and some very special surprises you won’t want to miss.

Where are they now?

The Ring


Promotional gallery

Michelle

The Men


References


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