Bachelorette Spoilers: Who did Michelle Young end up picking as her winner and runner-up? Is 'The Bachelorette' star engaged to her final pick? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/09/2021
Bachelorette spoilers have unveiled major details regarding the rest of Michelle Young's The Bachelorette season and her finale -- including who finished as her winner and final pick, which guy is Michelle's runner-up, and if Michelle got engaged at the Final Rose Ceremony.
And Michelle teased she's "happy" overall with her season.
"With where I'm at right now in my life in general, I love where I'm at," the Minnesota native said, adding, "I love that I was able to stay true to myself and I love what the future looks like."
But viewers are only three episodes in, and Michelle has already cried and seen her fair share of drama on The Bachelorette, which began filming in late July.
The Bachelorette season began with Michelle, a 28-year-old fifth-grade teacher and former Division I basketball player from Edina, MN, meeting 30 bachelors at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA.
Episode 3 featured Michelle eliminating Jamie Skaar, a 32-year-old biotech CEO from San Diego, CA, after learning the bachelor had manipulated and lied to her.
Michelle earned her bachelors' respect by eliminating Jamie, who had thrown the other men under the bus -- by saying everyone was questioning Michelle and Joe Coleman's pre-show relationship, suggesting they were questioning her character -- to gain Michelle's trust.
Michelle also ousted four men at the third Rose Ceremony of the season: Peter Izzo, a 26-year-old "pizzapreneur" from Port St. Joe, FL; LT Murray, a 38-year-old yoga guru from Bellevue, WA; Spencer Williams is a 25-year-old financial crimes analyst from Cleveland, OH; and Mollique Johnson, a 36-year-old academic administrator from San Diego, CA.
While Michelle sent some men packing, she bonded with the rest of her suitors -- including Martin Gelbspan, a 29-year-old personal trainer from Miami, FL, who received the first group-date rose of Week 2 after the men's physical stamina was put to the test in a Top Gun-themed date.
Michelle said she felt "safe" with Rodney and believed she could trust him, and so she assured Rodney that he's not "an underdog" in the competition.
"I'm definitely developing strong feelings for Michelle, and I can definitely see that developing into love," Rodney gushed to the cameras. "It's scary and it's exciting, and it's really amazing. I truly feel like Michelle could be the love of my life."
And Michelle advanced her already-strong connection with Brandon Jones, a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR, who earned his second group-date rose of the season after a group of men were required to write and recite spoken-word poetry.
"I'm crazy about this woman. She gives me butterflies... [and] brings out the best in me," Brandon gushed after kissing Michelle.
He added, "I'm truly falling in love with this woman. Oh my gosh, I want to jump up for joy! This is an amazing feeling!... I am smitten, fellas! I am smitten!"
The Bachelorette's fourth episode is scheduled to air Tuesday, November 9 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
Michelle will begin another week of dates by taking an adrenaline-pumping joyride at the BMW Performance Center alongside one lucky guy. Based on a preview of the next episode, that guy will be Martin.
Michelle will then embark on the largest group date of the season, asking the men to assemble "for a slumber party date of epic proportions," according to ABC.
"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," ABC revealed.
After an emotional evening, one man will lift Michelle's spirits -- literally.
On the second one-on-one date of the week, a "jokester" will open up in an unexpected way, and the couple will dance to a surprise performance by recording artist Andy Grammer.
Based on a preview of the next episode, Rick Leach, a 32-year-old medical sales representative from Los Angeles, CA, receives this special solo date.
And just when Michelle believes drama is behind her, one bachelor makes a bold move at the cocktail ceremony that pushes the night into a different direction.
It appears Nayte Olukoya, a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX, gets into a confrontation with Chris Sutton, a 28-year-old commodities broker from West Hollywood, CA.
In an ABC preview, Chris demands that Nayte keep his hands off him.
Michelle will then be forced to make some tough decisions as she hands out her roses atThe Bachelorette's fourth Rose Ceremony.
So who is Michelle's winner and runner-up of The Bachelorette this season, and did she get engaged?
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Michelle's runner-up bachelor was Brandon J., a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR.
Eyewitnesses had spotted Michelle and her winner on a The Bachelorette 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.
So far onThe Bachelorette season, Nayte has been consistent in his connection with Michelle and finds little ways to help Michelle let loose and have a good time. They have obvious chemistry, but Nayte is beginning to get involved in some drama.
According to his ABC bio, Nayte is a 6'8" and originally from Winnipeg, Canada. He attended college at Eastern Washington University and most recently worked for Indeed.com.
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.
Several 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; and Clayton Echard, a 28-year-old medical sales representative from Columbia, MO, who has been widely reported to be The Bachelor star for Season 26 premiering in January 2022.
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.