Michelle Young Season 18 ‘The Bachelorette’ News, Premiere Date, Location

Juuust in case you weren’t glued to your television watching Matt James’s season of The Bachelor and “After the Final Rose” special, viewers were treated to a major surprise — one that has never happened in the entire history of the Bachelor franchise. After those rather * ahem * uncomfy conversations between Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell, it was announced that both Katie Thurston AND Michelle Young were the next two leads of The Bachelorette!

Instead of pivoting to The Bachelor after Bachelor in Paradise airs, Reality Steve revealed that ABC is doing The Bachelorette twice in a row — Katie’s season (season 17) will be first, and Michelle’s season (season 18) will take place after BiP wraps. Since we already have the intel of Katie’s season — which you can find riiiight here — it’s time to learn the juicy deets on what’s happening during Michelle’s season.

🚨 Before we get into it, please be advised that there are some major spoilers for season 18 of The Bachelorette. You! Have! Been! Warned !!! 🚨

We Have a Premiere Date!

Before you can even get over the drama surrounding Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette, we already have a set date for when Michelle’s will premiere! Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette premiere on October 19 on ABC.

Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe might be hosting

After Chris Harrison made out-of-pocket comments in defense of Rachael Kirkconnell’s actions, he announced he will be stepping aside from the franchise for an undetermined amount of time.

It sounds like there’s a good chance this is a hundred percent happening though! Reality Steve tweeted, “Kaitlyn and Tayshia will be returning to cohost Michelle’s season of the ‘Bachelorette’ when it begins filming later this month. I’ll have some filming updates, locations, and timelines in my column on Tuesday. “

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Let’s not get too excited before it’s set in stone though — Variety reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister responded to Steve’s tweet to let people know “as of this moment, no contacts have been signed” and that negotiations are “ongoing.” Reality Steve is almost never wrong, though, so we’ll see what happens.

We Know Who Michelle’s Contestants Are

ABC just dropped the entire list of the men who will be competing to win Michelle’s affections, and unsurprisingly, a bunch of them are suuuuper cute. Peep the dudes here:

Filming will begin in July

In a spoiler post, Reality Steve initially revealed the timeline of events and said Michelle’s season will look like so:

“’Bachelor in Paradise’ will film per usual in June at a location that hasn’t been announced yet and will begin airing after Katie’s season is done airing, per usual.

“Michelle’s ‘Bachelorette’ season will film sometime after ‘BIP’ films (most likely all of July) and air later on in the fall.”

Steve later confirmed in a second spoiler post that Michelle’s season will film between July and August this coming summer, citing July as the absolute “earliest.”

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Michelle chose to have a later season

For a while, production allegedly wasn’t sure if they were going to cast Katie as the lead for season 17, and we now know that this is because they were also considering Michelle as a Bachelorette contender. Reality Steve addressed this in a spoiler post:

“I’m sure some are asking, ‘If they wanted Michelle, why didn’t they just give her the season about to be filmed? Why have Katie as the Bachelorette up first? ‘”

“The reason is that Michelle did not want to leave her class again to start filming in a few weeks (meaning she’d miss most of the remainder of her school year), hence the reason she is getting her own season this summer when she’s out of school. “

And that’s all we know about Michelle’s season so far! Keep your eyes on this story for updates.

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