Bachelorette spoilers: Michelle Young's winner, runner-up and if 'The Bachelorette' star is engaged have surfaced (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/18/2021
Bachelorette spoilers have emerged on Michelle Young's The Bachelorette season, including which bachelors are her winner and runner-up as well as if Michelle got engaged to the bachelor she picked as her winner at Season 18's Final Rose Ceremony.
Michelle, a 28-year-old fifth-grade teacher and former Division I basketball player from Edina, MN, will be handing out roses when The Bachelorette premieres its new season on Tuesday, October 19 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
Michelle had to pick up the pieces of her heart after being dumped in second place on Matt James' season of The Bachelor, which filmed last year and wrapped on TV in March, but based on previews of Season 18, she's more ready than ever to find The One.
The Bachelorette will debut with Michelle meeting 30 suitors at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA, during a two-hour episode.
Filming began in July and Michelle's 30 bachelors were officially announced by ABC in September. The men are quite diverse and range in age from 26-38 years old.
One of Michelle's bachelors clearly didn't end up winning Michelle's heart because it's been widely reported ABC already selected him to star on The Bachelor's 26th season in early 2022.
That man is Clayton Echard, a 28-year-old medical sales representative from Columbia, MO, although his The Bachelor participation has yet to be formally announced by the network.
So if Clayton didn't receive Michelle's final rose, did he at least finish as the runner-up? If not, who did?
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Clayton was eliminated sometime before the Final Rose Ceremony.
The bachelor who reportedly finished the show in second place was Brandon Jones, a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR. It's therefore assumed Brandon exited The Bachelorette brokenhearted.
"Her #2 is Brandon Jones," Carbone tweeted at the beginning of October.
Nayte is a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX. Eyewitnesses had spotted Michelle and Nayte on a date back in August.
"They took a pontoon boat out on Lake Minnetonka then arrived at Lord Fletchers where Michelle & Nayte played volleyball with her two friends," Carbone tweeted at the time.
According to his ABC bio, Nayte is a 6'8" and originally from Winnipeg, Canada. He attended college at Eastern Washington University.
Before appearing on The Bachelorette, Nayte was working for Indeed.com, but it's unclear if he still holds his position there after filming.
Nayte told ABC that his dream woman is outgoing, spontaneous and has enough swagger to keep up with him. He has been looking for a hot connection with a passionate woman as well as a teammate for life.
It sounds like Nayte and Michelle could be a great match considering ABC recently shared, "Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place."
"She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman and is ready to find a love with whom she can start a family of her own."
Carbone hasn't released any additional spoilers on The Bachelorette's new season yet, but he did disclose a handful of men whom he is convinced progressed to Michelle's Final 12 suitors.
The five men who survived multiple Rose Ceremonies and made it at least as far as the season's Final 12 bachelors are reportedly Nayte; Brandon; Clayton; Joe Coleman, a 28-year-old real estate developer from Minneapolis, MN; and Peter Izzo, a 26-year-old "pizzapreneur" from Port St. Joe, FL.
Michelle showed up late on Matt's The Bachelor season following the third Rose Ceremony but established an instant connection with him.
After Matt eliminated Michelle as his runner-up on The Bachelor 25, Michelle was announced on After the Final Rose in March as one of two The Bachelorette stars -- along with Katie Thurston -- for back-to-back seasons in 2021.
Michelle admitted she was absolutely crushed and "not okay" when Matt chose to send her packing after he had met her family towards the end of the dating process.
On After the Final Rose, Michelle recalled the moment when she first found out she'd be starring on the franchise later this year.
"I would be lying if I didn't say when they first told me, I thought we were going to be the Bachelorette at the same time," Michelle shared.
"And so, I was a little nervous, but once I found out it was two different seasons, I was here for it! I'm excited that I have somebody to bond with over this and share notes as we go."
Given Michelle had seemingly fallen head over heels for Matt, After the Final Rose host Emmanuel Acho asked Michelle if she was ready to try to find love once again.
"I am ready... I really do think that this process works," Michelle explained.
"When you can [cast] out all of these outside distractions and really dive in, I think you can learn a lot about somebody. I'm just excited. I'm ready to get started!"