“Bachelorette”: Michelle Young meets 30 contestants in season premiere



SPOIL ALERT: Don’t read on if you haven’t yet watched the October 19 premiere episode of “The bachelorette. “

“The Bachelorette” began its 18th season with star Michelle Young at its helm. The fifth-grade teacher from Minneapolis returned to the reality dating franchise after appearing in the landmark season of Matt James’ “The Bachelor”.

Michelle agreed to be the Bachelorette in the hopes of finding love like her own parents. After encouraging talks from her mom, dad, and hosts (and former Bachelorettes) Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, she got ready to meet her men.

Several suitors received introductory packages: Chris Sutton, a transplant from South Los Angeles; Joe Coleman – who, like Michelle, is a biracial Minneapolis resident and loves basketball; Clayton Echard, a former college athlete (and likely the Bachelor next season); and Nayte Olukoya, who loves road trips with her dog.


Michelle Young met 30 eligible singles who will try to win her affection over the next few weeks in

Michelle Young met 30 eligible singles who will be looking to win her affection over the next few weeks on “The Bachelorette.”
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Before Michelle met the men, Kaitlyn and Tayshia examined the candidates. They went from room to room and chatted before the first night of filming. During their search, they checked their rooms and rummaged in their luggage for possible red flags.

While the search was a joke, they found disturbing behavior from Ryan Fox, a farmer from San Jose, California. The couple found a series of notes and files with instructions on how to be successful on the show, including how to get a good edit, avoid being a bad guy, and how to get airtime.


Without this idea, Michelle ran into her competition. Thirty men arrived by limousine at their isolation bubble in Palm Springs, California. They arrived ready to impress, complete with gadgets, puns and accessories.

The season premiere of “The Bachelorette” featured a typical trendy cocktail.

The season premiere of “The Bachelorette” featured a typical trendy cocktail.
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Several hinted at his roots in teaching, including Clayton who invited Michelle to hit him with a ruler. Chris showed up on a school bus with shorts and a backpack, and Rodney Matthews showed up in an apple suit.

Rick Leach arrived as a food cart; Ryan arrived with an ice cream truck; Daniel Tully arrived on a toy fire truck and PJ Henderson overtook him with a real fire truck. Brandon Jones curled up on a bed and Martin Gelbspan turned around for his entry.


The latest arrival was Joe, who stopped Michelle in her tracks. She said he looked familiar, then revealed the two had previously messaged on Instagram. They hooked up to basketball before Joe ghosted it.

After entering, Michelle tossed the cocktail off with a toast and began her rounds of conversations. During the party, she took Joe aside and asked him why he had joined the cast. He apologized for not responding and blamed a wave of plans and anxiety amid George Floyd’s protests for his lack of communication. She said she needed to think about her future and continue conversations with other men.

Michelle presented her coveted first impression to Nayte Olukoya.

Michelle presented her coveted first impression to Nayte Olukoya.
(ABC / Craig Sjodin)

A highlight was his conversation with Ryan, where he served ice cream from his driveway truck. The two hit it off, but Michelle’s feelings were dampened when Tayshia and Kaitlyn revealed the notes they found in her hotel room. Michelle confronted him and he said the notes were taken by a friend who wanted to prepare him, as he was unfamiliar with the franchise. She accompanied him to his room and reviewed the notes herself before sending him home.

The cocktail continued. Nayte stood out as a favorite and received Michelle’s coveted first impression after impressing her with her vulnerability. Twenty-three others received roses at the first rose ceremony, but six were eventually sent home: Brandon Kieffer, Bryan Witzmann, Edward Naranjo, Garrett Aida, Jack Russell and JoMarri Gable.

“The Bachelorette” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.


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