Bachelorette spoilers: Who did 'The Bachelorette' star Katie Thurston pick as her winner and end up with? Is Katie engaged? What happens on 'The Bachelorette's 2021 season? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/26/2021
New Bachelorette spoilers have surfaced revealing who Katie Thurston picked as her winning bachelor and ended up with, if she got engaged to her final pick, and additional spoilers about what viewers can expect to see unfold on The Bachelorette's 2021 season -- including Katie's Final 4 bachelors.
[The Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This report includes spoilers that reveal what happens on Katie Thurston's The Bacheloretteseason, including spoilers about who Katie picked as her winner and ended up with and if she got engaged.]
Katie's The Bachelorette journey to find love is only three episodes in and there has already been major drama -- with more on the way when Episode 4 airs Monday, June 28 at 8PM ET/PT.
At the second Rose Ceremony of the season, Katie denied roses to Karl Smith, a 34-year-old motivational speaker from Miami, FL -- who was accused of lying to Katie about several men not having good intentions for being on the show -- and John Hersey, a 27-year-old bartender from Pacific Beach, CA.
Katie then set out to get to know her bachelors better. During a group date in which the selected men had to share the mistakes of their past and failures in relationships, Katie also shared a very personal story about having been sexually assaulted 10 years ago.
At the end of the group date, Katie gave a rose to Connor Brennan, a 29-year-old math teacher and musician from Nashville, TN, who admitted to previously having a drinking problem and being cruel to an ex-girlfriend.
Katie wanted to reward his "courage and strength" in being so open about how he's changed over the years and become a better man.
Katie also gave a rose to Michael Allio, a 36-year-old business owner from Akron, OH, who told Katie they could have an incredible unique and special love story.
Michael explained to Katie how his wife and son's mother passed away a couple of years ago from breast cancer, and he pulled at all of Katie's heartstrings.
Michael called The Bachelorette star "extraordinary," and she in turn gushed in a confessional, "I think this could be the start of me falling in love with Michael, and it's so unexpected!"
Meanwhile, multiple men accused Thomas Jacobs, a 28-year-old real estate broker from Poway, CA, of being "a pathological liar" and "sociopath."
Thomas even admitted to Hunter Montgomery, a 34-year-old software strategist from Houston, TX, that the thought of being the next The Bachelor star definitely crossed his mind.
While the house has apparently ganged up on Thomas, that could change once Blake Moynes enters the picture.
According a preview that aired at the end of the latest episode, the Season 16 The Bachelorette contestant returns for a third shot at love with Katie. (He previously competed for both Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams last year).
The next episode will also feature a game of "Truth or Dare" on a group date.
"It seems to be all fun and games until the night takes a serious turn and the men find themselves contemplating telling Katie a slimy secret they've uncovered," ABC teased.
The Bachelorette co-host Tayshia Adams will also surprise Katie with a revelation about someone from her past, likely referring to Blake, and the men "band together to tell the truth, leaving one suitor to fend for and defend himself."
Katie, tired of questioning which guys are on the show for the right reasons, will apparently take a stand like viewers have never seen before to ensure the house is filled with good vibes only.
At this point in the process, prior to Blake's entrance, there are 18 men in the running for Katie's heart.
In addition to Connor B., Michael and Thomas, the remaining bachelors include Aaron Clancy, a 26-year-old insurance agent from San Diego, CA; Andrew Milcovich, a 31-year-old deputy district attorney from Newport Beach, CA; and Andrew Spencer, a 26-year-old pro football player who splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Chicago, IL and is the reported cousin of The Bachelorette alum Clay Harbor.
Brendan Scanzano, a 26-year-old firefighter trainee from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is also on the show, as well as Christian Smith, a 26-year-old real estate agent from Boston, MA; Conor Costello, a 28-year-old from Edmond, OK who currently lives in Newport Beach, CA; David Scott, a 27-year-old technical product specialist from Nashville, TN; and Greg Grippo, a 27-year-old marketing sales rep from Edison, NJ.
And finally, Katie is still dating James Bonsall, a 30-year-old from New York, NY; Josh Tylerbest, a 25-year-old IT consultant from Miami, FL; Justin Glaze, a 26-year-old investment sales consultant from Baltimore, MD; Mike Planeta, a 31-year-old gym owner from San Diego, CA; Quartney Mixon, a 26-year-old nutrition entrepreneur from Dallas, TX; and Tre Cooper, a 26-year-old a software engineer from Covington, GA.
Which of these men ends up winning Katie's heart at the end of the process and did Katie get engaged at the Final Rose Ceremony?
Keep reading for The Bachelorette spoilers, including a brand new spoiler that identifies Katie's winner -- and fans may be very surprised!
The former The Bachelorette stars are replacing Chris Harrison, who announced in February he'd be "stepping aside" from his hosting duties "for a period of time" to educate himself on a "profound" level after he'd publicly defended racially-ignorant and insensitive actions that had surfaced in The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past.
Then, the day after Katie's The Bachelorette season premiered on ABC, the network announced Chris' departure would become permanent and he would not be returning to The Bachelor franchise.
"Tayshia and Kaitlyn can relate to Katie's journey in a lot of different ways, which you'll see play out, so it was nice to have them there to help out with whatever situation came up," a source told Us Weekly in late April.
"Tayshia had fun and loved doing it. She and Kaitlyn made a great team."
"They act professional, they're on time and are helping the franchise as much as they can in this funky situation," the insider revealed, although there was reportedly a learning curve.
Unlike Chris -- who had hosted the franchise ever since The Bachelor premiered nearly 20 years ago -- Kaitlyn and Tayshia reportedly had "to do a lot of retakes" during filming.
"It's a lot of memorizing lines," the insider continued. "They didn't have years of experience before hopping on. Scenes that could be done in one take with Chris can now take, like, two hours."
Chris initially came under fire when he called for "grace" and "compassion" for Rachael and also criticized the "woke police" and the "unbelievably alarming" response of anger and frustration to the young woman's offensive actions during an early-February Extra interview with The Bachelorette's first Black leading lady, Rachel Lindsay.
Chris' greatest offense seemed to be his dismissive attitude towards photos of Rachael that resurfaced from an antebellum-plantation themed "Old South" fraternity party at Georgia College & State University in 2018.
Chris apologized multiple times and told Michael Strahan on a March appearance on Good Morning America, "I plan to be back and I want to be back."
But Bachelor Nation seems conflicted over whether his reinstatement would send the right message considering viewers have been pleading for more diversity and racial equality in the franchise for years.
Like last year's The Bachelorette season and this year's The Bachelor season, Katie's entire The Bachelorette season was filmed at a single location. In this case, it was the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
During taping, cast and crew were required to quarantine before filming began and then follow coronavirus safety measures throughout their time at the resort, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
Tayshia teased during a recent appearance on the Going to Bed with Garcelle podcast that the world will see something "fresh and new" with Katie's season.
After Clare quit The Bachelorette's sixteenth season early because she had fallen in love with her immediate frontrunner, Dale Moss, Tayshia took over the reins and then eliminated Blake in the process of determining her Final 4 suitors.
"Those 3 I know," Carbone wrote in a May 13 blog posting.
"I'm not sure who the 4th guy is in the Final 4 yet. I've heard names but nothing I'm confident about. Those three I am."
However he clarified some of his Final 4 info was wrong afterward
Carbone changed Katie's Final 4 bachelors and revealed he made a big error in a June 3 blog posting.
"I've learned that I was wrong about John making Final 4. He didn't," Carbone wrote.
"He didn't even make Top 8. So all the people who emailed me telling me there's a ton of people convinced Katie's with John, sorry, but that's not the case. He's not in her Top 4, let alone her Top 8."
Carbone explained he was initially convinced John had made Katie's Top 4 -- and maybe even won her heart -- because Katie recently spent a weekend in San Diego with some of her Bachelor Nation friends.
"I started receiving emails that one of the places she tagged she visited, Duke's in La Jolla, was where John Hersey worked as a bartender. This led to even more people telling me that they were 100 percent convinced that John is who Katie chose, they're engaged, and that's why she went to that restaurant," Carbone shared.
"I never mentioned it until now because that story wasn't based in anything other than speculation and it never made sense to me. Well, I can report now there's nothing to it."
Carbone believes Katie is also social-media savvy enough to know better than to show up at the place where her winner works when ABC wants her to keep the season's final-rose recipient a mystery.
Two of Katie's Final 4 bachelors therefore remain a secret, however, the spoiler blogger seems convinced Blake and Greg definitely made Katie's Final 4.
Reality Steve then revealed the rest of Katie's alleged Final 4
Carbone believes he has figured out Katie's remaining two Final 4 bachelors.
Carbone reported on June 6 he has discovered who allegedly joined Blake and Greg in Katie's Final 4 bachelors.
According to the spoiler blogger, Katie's Final 4 suitors is also comprised of Andrew Spencer, a 26-year-old pro football player who splits his time between from Vienna, Austria, and Chicago, IL, as well as Justin Glaze, a 26-year-old investment sales consultant from Baltimore, MD.
Carbone posted images of Katie's four alleged hometown-date recipients in an Instagram post on June 6 and also followed it with a tweet.
Carbone captioned the men's photos, "(SPOILER) Katie's final 4."
Katie's Final 4 bachelors are therefore reportedly returning bachelor Blake, Greg -- who received Katie's First Impression Rose -- Andrew S., and Justin.
Carbone did not mention, however, how confident he is in his sources and latest findings, and he has yet to report Katie's Final 3 bachelors or Final 2 suitors.
Did Katie end up getting engaged?
The Bachelorette promo ABC released on May 26 showed Katie crying and yelling at a camera, "I'm done! Someone book my flight home!"
But according to Carbone, Katie left the show happy and in a relationship.
And not only is Katie in a relationship, but she is reportedly engaged!
"I guess the biggest 'spoiler' I have for you is this: Katie is engaged. However, I don't know to who," Carbone wrote on May 13.
However, Carbone said he had yet to learn the identity of Katie's The Bachelorette winner.
"I know you may ask, 'How can you know she's engaged but not know who to?'" Carbone continued. "Trust me, it's possible. I'm just not gonna give up sources on that, so yeah, it's possible to know one and not the other."
The spoiler blogger, however, had no doubts that Katie accepted a marriage proposal at the end of her journey to find love on The Bachelorette's seventeenth season.
"Katie definitely got engaged at the end of this," Carbone insisted in his blog.
"And unless she breaks up before the finale, which I guess anything can happen, but she's happy and engaged as we speak, so I'd expect that to last."
Carbone wrote in a June 22 blog posting that he felt "very close" to knowing Katie's fiance.
The spoiler blogger confirmed, despite recent speculation, that Andrew S. did not win Katie's heart, and that only left him with three possibilities -- Justin, Blake and Greg.
Carbone said he was also extremely close to determining which two of those three bachelors didn't win.
"I just need certain confirmations before running with the winner this season," he explained. "While I've been able to correct wrong reveals in the past, it's not fun having to do that."
Carbone continued, "So I'd rather have it right from the get go rather than reveal something I'm not totally 100 percent on and have to go back and correct."
The very next day, Carbone revealed the alleged winner of Katie's season and whom she got engaged to.
On June 23, Carbone wrote, "I don't know how the Final 4 shakes out just yet in terms of who goes home when... [but] Katie is engaged to Blake Moynes."
"Maybe some people will be surprised by this, and maybe some won't," Carbone wrote, "but I was able to get it confirmed."
Carbone, however, would not provide a percentage to describe how sure he is of his latest report.
"That never does me any good," Carbone explained. "Sure, I expect there to be doubt like every season. All I can say is it's been about a 7 week process since filming ended to get this info, and I'm very confident in what I've been told."
Carbone insisted he has received "actual proof" that Katie did not get engaged to Andrew S., Justin, or Greg.
"All signs pointed to Blake due to process of elimination, but I still didn't feel comfortable reporting Blake because nobody had actually told me 'Katie is engaged to Blake.' I also hadn't been told that she DIDN'T pick him either," Carbone shared.
"Just hadn't heard anything regarding Blake until this past weekend I got my first 'She's with Blake' info, then yesterday, got the confirmation I needed."
Carbone therefore confirmed Katie is with Blake and they're engaged.
Other than Katie accepting a marriage proposal from Blake, Carbone is unsure about the timing of the engagement as well as the couple's current relationship status -- although he assumes they are still together.
Carbone said he's now looking into details on how Katie's season ended exactly, play by play, from her Final 4 to her engagement with Blake.