What is it about Minnesota and our Michelle bachelorette?
Michelle Young, a Woodbury High alum, will feature in the ABC quasi-reality show this fall, just a few years after Becca Kufrin, from Prior Lake, wooed America as the 14th Bachelorette. On Tuesday, October 19, 28-year-old Michelle will meet 30 eligible (oh, we hope) guys who will fight for her heart—or, at the very least, a few Instagram sponsorships. Here are a few facts about our newest neighbourhood superstar.
Michelle requested that her season film during the summer, so she wouldn’t miss school.
Michelle, an elementary school teacher in Burnsville, told the network that she didn’t want the filming to interfere with her students’ studying, so it took place in July and August of this year.
While we don’t know how much of the series will be set in the Twin Cities, we do know that, according to Marie Claire, a portion of the season was shot in the Marquette Hotel downtown, and that the cast most likely stayed there for a while. (The first half of the season will take held at a Palm Springs resort.) According to Cosmopolitan and Reality Steve, the group has also been sighted at the Stone Arch Bridge, Lord Fletcher’s, Target Field (on a date with—spoiler alert—a particular someone described below), the Mill City Museum, and other sites surrounding Lake Minnetonka. Nothing like summer in Minnesota to make you fall in love, eh?
One of the competitors is also from Minneapolis.
Will Michelle’s Minnesota connection be enough to keep Joe Coleman? He’s also a former University of Minnesota basketball player (Michelle also played D1 ball at Bradley University in Illinois), 28, a real estate developer, and “loves munchies,” according to his ABC profile, so he’s worth keeping an eye on.
Michelle is the second Black Michelle Bachelorette in the show’s history.
She follows The Bachelorette season 13 star Rachel Lindsay, a former attorney from Dallas who recently talked to New York magazine about her experience with the program, which included several incidences of prejudice and great pressure.
Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will host the show, as they did last season (which starred Katie Thurston).