Michelle Young, a fan favorite who came in second place in the battle for Matt James’s heart despite being a late arrival, will be the Bachelorette for Season 18. Her impending arrival was heralded by a short teaser video (that didn’t show her full face) that aired during “Bachelor in Paradise” in August. The video asks viewers one simple question: “Are you ready?” The answer had better be yes, because they also announced that Season 18 will premiere Tuesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. on ABC. This week, “Bachelor in Paradise” viewers were treated to the extended full teaser during a commercial break, which shows off Young’s full face, stunning gown, and pro basketball moves.
Young, a former Division 1 basketball player, is a kindergarten teacher from Minnesota. In fact, the reason there are two back-to-back “Bachelorette” seasons is that the show agreed to accommodate Young’s teaching schedule. Young explained this on the “After the Rose” finale episode of James’s season when both Katie Thurston and herself were announced as the next Bachelorettes. Young will be only the third woman of color to take the lead as the Bachelorette.