‘The Bachelorette’ is back


Taylor Schmitz

Michelle Young joins the “Bachelor” franchise as the 18th bachelorette.

Taylor Schmitz, Entertainment Editor

Grab your friends and plan a watch party because starting Oct. 19, 2021 the emotional rollercoaster known as the “The Bachelorette” begins. Like the many seasons that came before it, expect nothing less than drama, tears, competition and of course, romance and love from our new bachelorette and Minnesota native, Michelle Young.

The 28-year-old elementary school teacher made her first appearance on Matt James’ season of the “Bachelor” and stayed on the show all the way through hometowns. During that week, it was apparent that Young and James had a strong connection and many fans predicted their relationship would end in engagement. However, their love story abruptly ended in heartbreak as Young finished as James’ runner-up prior to the final rose ceremony.

“I had to walk away without closure, and I had to fill in the gaps of what our relationship really was, and I wasn’t OK. I wasn’t OK at all,” said Young on “After the Final Rose” back in March 2021.

Luckily, ABC decided to give Young a second chance, and a good one at that. She will be joined by 35 men on a journey to find her perfect match at a luxurious oasis in California. However, Young and the suitors get the best of both worlds as the season begins filming at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, but finishes filming back home at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Returning for the second time as hosts are former bachelorettes, Taysia Admas and Kaitlyn Bristowe who along the way will offer their wisdom to Young. As for the contestants, they vary in age, ranging from their late 20s to late 30s. Fans have also noticed some of the interesting careers on the roster such as a Yoga Guru, NFL player and pizzaprenuer.

Regardless of what twists and turns lie ahead for season 18 of “The Bachelorette,” fans can count on fan-favorite, Young to bring both the entertainment and wholesomeness to our screens every Tuesday night.

“I am ready,” said Young about finding love. “I do think this process works. When you can set down all of these outside distractions and dive in, I think you can really learn a lot about somebody. I’m just excited. I’m ready to get started.”