Bachelorette spoilers: Michelle Young's winner, runner-up and if 'The Bachelorette' star is engaged revealed (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/26/2021
Bachelorette spoilers have emerged pulling back the curtain on the ending of Michelle Young's The Bachelorette season -- including which bachelors finished as her winner and runner-up as well as if Michelle got engaged to the bachelor she ended up with in the finale.
Michelle, a 28-year-old fifth-grade teacher and former Division I basketball player from Edina, MN, began filming her The Bachelorette season in late July although Season 18 just premiered October 19 on ABC.
On Night 1 of Michelle's journey to find love at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA, she met 30 handsome and diverse bachelors, many of whom made strong and lasting first impressions.
But the best first impression of the night went to Nayte Olukoya, who received Michelle's First Impression Rose.
The 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX, opened up about his parents' divorces when he said he typically struggles to be vulnerable with women in new relationships.
Michelle said Nayte had "reset" the night for her, given she had dealt with some major drama only hours into her first evening as the Bachelorette.
Michelle discovered Ryan Fox, a 30-year-old environmental consultant from San Jose, CA, had packed folders filled with documents -- lists and notes -- on how to navigate his journey on The Bachelorette.
Ryan had in writing how to avoid being a show villain, how to get a good edit, and whom to emulate from The Bachelor franchise, such as Kaitlyn Bristowe's fiance Jason Tartick.
Michelle explained to Ryan that she didn't want to start a relationship on "red flags," and so she sent him packing and refused him a second chance.
Michelle proceeded to oust six more suitors during the first Rose Ceremony of the season, which left Michelle with 23 bachelors going into the next episode.
Michelle will be shown going on her first group date with guys who "get schooled by a trio of talented fifth graders," according to ABC's press release for the new broadcast.
"But when a pop quiz turns into a test of temperament, Michelle makes it clear she's not here for class clowns," ABC teased.
And one man receives a one-on-one date with Michelle, which will take the pair to new heights and feature a surprise musical performance by Caroline Jones.
While ABC did not identify the lucky bachelor's name, Michelle disclosed to Entertainment Tonight that her first one-on-one date was with Jamie Skaar, a 32-year-old biotech CEO from San Diego, CA, a man whom she teased viewers should keep an eye on.
The second group date of the week will show off Michelle's basketball skills and feature WNBA stars Dearica Hamby and Diamond DeShields as hosts.
The participating men -- including the new reported The Bachelor star, Clayton Echard -- will try to prove to Michelle they can be a good teammate on and off the court.
And finally, before the second Rose Ceremony of The Bachelorette, one suitor makes a "bold decision."
Based on a preview for the next episode, it appears Jamie gets caught in a lie.
"Will [Michelle] discover the truth before handing out the final rose?" ABC teased.
While Michelle will definitely experience highs and lows on her The Bachelorette journey, she recently told Variety that she is "happy" and happy about having done the process.
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 onThe 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; Joe Coleman, a 28-year-old real estate developer from Minneapolis, MN; Clayton, a 28-year-old medical sales representative from Columbia, MO; and Peter Izzo, a 26-year-old "pizzapreneur" from Port St. Joe, FL.
Michelle finished The Bachelor's 25th season starring Matt James, which filmed last year and wrapped on TV in March, in second place and left the show devastated.
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.
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."