Bachelorette Spoilers: Who did Michelle Young pick as her winner and runner-up? Who ended up in 'The Bachelorette' star's Final 4 bachelors? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/22/2021
Bachelorette spoilers give away who ended up in Michelle Young's Final 4 bachelors and which bachelors were chosen as Michelle's winner and runner-up. Plus, what do spoilers reveal about if The Bachelorette star got engaged at the end of her journey to find love on Season 18?
[The Bachelorette Spoilers Warning: This report features spoilers for Michelle Young's The Bachelorette season, including spoilers that reveal and who Michelle ended up picking as her winner and runner-up and who else ended up in her Final 4 bachelors.]
Michelle sent Chris S. packing after he crashed her one-on-one date with Nayte Olukoya, a 27-year-old sales executive from Austin, TX, and attempted to throw Nayte under the bus for allegedly being too cocky and thinking he had The Bachelorette competition in the bag.
Michelle chose to follow her heart and gut instincts and make her own decisions.
And as she continues to make difficult choices, Michelle is opening up more than ever before -- and she is apparently falling in love with one or more of her bachelors on the show.
In addition to Nayte, the bachelors remaining on Season 18 are Brandon Jones, a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR; Clayton Echard, a 28-year-old medical sales representative from Columbia, MO; Joe Coleman, a 28-year-old real estate developer from Minneapolis, MN; Martin Gelbspan, a 29-year-old personal trainer from Miami, FL; Olumide "Olu" Onajide, a 27-year-old IT analyst from Newark, NJ; Rick Leach, a 32-year-old medical sales representative from Los Angeles, CA; and Rodney Mathews, a 29-year-old sales representative from Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
On Episode 5, the men got to travel to Michelle's home state of Minneapolis, and Joe received the first one-on-one date of the week.
"My feelings for Joe have grown tremendously," Michelle told the cameras before giving Joe a rose.
After Joe became very vulnerable in revealing a story about his past sports injuries and a period of severe depression in his life, Michelle gushed, "Today was the most powerful, special, perfect, stars-aligning date I've ever been on."
"I feel like you had two souls that have kind of been living side by side without even knowing it, and I feel like we got brought together," she added. "And I am very excited to see what the future has in store for me and Minnesota Joe!"
And Nayte received the other one-on-one date, when he actually got to meet two of Michelle's best friends.
Nayte said he could see himself genuinely fighting for Michelle for the rest of his life, and Michelle gushed in a confessional, "I am very crazy about Nayte. I'm starting to get this feeling of, like, 'This is my person.' And that's very exciting. It's also really terrifying."
Michelle added, "I do feel like I am starting to fall for Nayte."
Michelle also further her connection with Clayton, who earned himself the group-date rose after proving he's her "Ultimate Viking."
Clayton was so impressed by how "passionate," "intelligent" and "funny" she is.
"She's beautiful," Clayton noted. "She's got all these great qualities. So it's really exciting to see somebody like her potentially being in my future for the rest of my life."
Episode 6 of The Bachelorette is set to air on Tuesday, November 23 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
However, Carbone is unsure whether Joe finished in fourth after hometowns or third place after an overnight Fantasy Suite date.
"I know that Joe goes far and makes her Top 4... but I don't think that's news to anyone at this point. But in terms of where Joe finishes or how he gets eliminated, that I don't know," Carbone wrote in a November 9 blog post.
"As for who the 4th person in the Final 4 is, don't know that either."
Carbone also isn't sure whether Michelle actually visited each Final 4 bachelor's hometown or whether makeshift hometown dates were set up to avoid frequent travel amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"Certainly none of the hometown dates were seen publicly which never happens... I don't think they ended up traveling for Michelle's hometowns and I think families were brought to Minnesota like they have been for all the 'bubble' seasons," Carbone wrote, referring to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette seasons that starred Tayshia Adams, Matt James and Katie Thurston.
As for Michelle's runner-up bachelor, Carbone reported that Brandon Jones finished in second place.
It's therefore probably safe to assume Brandon had his heart broken, probably at the Final Rose Ceremony of Season 18.
"Her #2 is Brandon Jones," Carbone tweeted at the beginning of October.
Carbone said he previously received pictures of Michelle and her runner-up enjoying a date on September 7, just two days before The Bachelorette's Final Rose Ceremony filmed in Mexico on September 9.
"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 on The 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 has gotten 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."
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.