Michelle, a 28-year-old fifth-grade teacher and former Division I basketball player from Edina, MN, began her The Bachelorette journey in late July at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA, and her season premiered October 19 on ABC.
After meeting 30 diverse and handsome bachelors from all different backgrounds, Michelle decided to give her First Impression Rose to Nayte Olukoya, a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX.
Michelle was impressed by Nayte's ability to open up about his parents' divorces when he says he struggles to be vulnerable in relationships, and the suitor had managed to "reset" the night for Michelle after she felt the need to eliminate Ryan Fox.
Michelle sent Ryan, a 30-year-old environmental consultant from San Jose, CA, packing over her "red flags" upon learning he had packed documents listing how to avoid being a show villain, how to get a good edit and other eyebrow-raising notes.
At the first Rose Ceremony of the season, Michelle eliminated six more bachelors, which left 23 bachelors heading into the second episode on Tuesday, October 26.
One of Michelle's remaining bachelors is Joe Coleman, a 28-year-old real estate developer from Minneapolis, MN, who apparently ghosted Michelle after the pair had a brief exchange on social media.
Michelle decided to give Joe a second chance since he claimed he wasn't ready for a serious relationship when they first connected before her The Bachelorette season began filming.
When reflecting back on her season as a whole, Michelle toldVariety in a recent interview, "I am [happy]. I'm happy that I decided to do this."
Michelle said she "surprised" herself that she was "able to get my feelings where I needed them to be" by the end of the dating process.
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 onThe 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; Joe; Clayton Echard, 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 twoThe Bachelorette stars -- along with Katie Thurston -- for back-to-back seasons in 2021.
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!"