MICHELLE Young kicked off her new season of The Bachelorette by SPANKING future Bachelor Clayton Echard with a ruler.
The schoolteacher met the next leading man for the first time and he immediately brought up that, like her, his mom is also an educator.
He then pulled out a ruler and asked Michelle to spank him but she appeared to be uncomfortable with the request and awkwardly tapped Clayton’s butt.
The ex football player admitted that did “not go how he thought it would.”
Michelle Young is a 28-year-old elementary school teacher who was a contestant on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor.
Her own journey to find love among 32 potential suitors will begin on season 18 of The Bachelorette.
As a first in Bachelor history, two seasons of The Bachelorette are falling back-to-back, with Young looking for love only a few months after season 17's Katie Thurston.
Clayton Echard is one of the men looking to win Michelle's heart this season, and he is rumored to have already been selected as the next Bachelor.
The former NFL player will be introduced to fans this season.
Read our Bachelorette live blog for the latest news and updates...
Fans slammed the folder from Ryan's scene that said "the Bachlorette" instead of the "Bachelorette."
While some Twitter users blamed the show as they believed the scene was "staged," others blamed Ryan.
Tayshia and Kaitlyn admitted to feeling "uncomfortable" when they came across a stack of controversial papers from one of the contestants, Ryan.
According to the co-hosts, the papers said things along the lines of "how to get more screen time," "how to become the next Bachelor" and "how to get a good edit."
The pair were shocked by the findings and the apparent situation that someone is here for the wrong reasons.
Co-hosts and former Bachelorette's Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe "vetted" the contestants before they made their official limo entrance.
The ladies decided to go through the men's suitcases, dressers, and other personal belongings.
The duo claimed they were "doing Michelle a favor" by sniffing out "anything bad" before they meet the leading lady.
MEET THE NEXT BACHELOR
Fans finally got a glimpse into Clayton Echard - the show's next Bachelor.
Despite not appearing on screens yet, he was chosen as the next lead by ABC over the Summer.
The former athlete gushed about Michelle in his intro package, saying: "I’m so excited to meet Michelle.
"She’s a former D1 athlete and I’m a football player myself so we definitely connect there.
"My mom’s a teacher, Michelle is a teacher. I think we’d be a great match!"
BACHELOR NATION LOVES MICHELLE
Just minutes into her Bachelorette premiere, fans are thrilled with Michelle's performance.
Michelle sought advice from her parents - whom she is very close with- before becoming The Bachelorette.
Her mom gave her little girl advice, insisting to her daughter: "You need to find someone like your dad. I mean it, he's the best."
"Whatever you decide, we trust you. We're behind you 100%," her dad said in a supportive message.
MICHELLE GETS SCHOOLED
Minnesota schoolteacher Michelle Young opened up her Bachelorette season in the classroom.
She gave a math lesson to a group of about five students - and admitted to her pupils she will have to be "kissing" about 30 men soon.
While the kids were surprised by her potential amount of boyfriends, they were supportive of Miss Young becoming Mrs. Young.
WHAT DID MICHELLE SAY TO MATT JAMES AFTER SEASON 25 OF THE BACHELOR?
Bachelor Nation was shocked when Matt picked Rachael Kirkconnell over Michelle.
Following his season, Michelle opened up to him on After the Final Rose about how she felt.
“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,” Michelle said.
WHEN WILL MICHELLE'S SEASON OF THE BACHELORETTE BEGIN?
Michelle's season of The Bachelorette premieres tonight, October 19, 2021.
The show will air live starting at 8pm EST on ABC.
HOW OLD IS MICHELLE YOUNG?
Michelle was born on June 3, 1993.
She is currently 28 years old.
IS MICHELLE YOUNG AN ATHLETE?
Before her reality TV days, Michelle was a former Division I basketball player at Bradley University.
According to her Bachelor's bio, she loves to spend time with friends hiking and wine tasting when she isn't working.
WHERE IS MICHELLE YOUNG FROM?
Born June 3, 1993, Michelle is an American television personality and elementary school teacher from Woodbury, Minnesota.
She gained national recognition after being the runner-up on season 25 of The Bachelor with Matt James and will now have her own Bachelorette journey on the upcoming season.
ALL ABOUT JOE COLEMAN, CONTINUED
Not much else is known about Joe Coleman just yet.
Bring Me the News reported that he played basketball for two years at the University of Minnesota, then transferred to Saint Mary's College in California.
Joe’s Instagram account is currently set to private, so no clues there either.
HAVE MICHELLE YOUNG AND JOE COLEMAN BEEN SEEN ON A DATE?
According to Reality Steve, Michelle and Joe were spotted throwing out the first pitch at a Twins game in Minnesota over the summer.
In fact, he shared a video of Michelle and Joe throwing the first pitch and then kissing, with cameras surrounding the pair and capturing all the action.
Reality Steve pointed out on his website that Michelle seems to be filming quite a bit of her season in Minneapolis, so there’s a chance fans of the Bachelor franchise will be able to sneak peeks at other moments from the season during very public dates in the city.
WHO IS JOE COLEMAN?
Michelle Young was spotted sharing a one-on-one date at Target Field for a Twins/Rays game with one of the contestants, Joe Coleman, back in August.
Joe is a 28-year-old from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
So he and Michelle have one major thing in common already: she's also from Minnesota.
Michelle is a teacher in Edina, a suburb of the Twin Cities.
Another trait they share is their athleticism. Joe is a former Gophers basketball player and Michelle, also 28, also played the sport as a senior in high school.
WHO IS HOSTING THE BACHELORETTE THIS SEASON?
With the departure of former host Chris Harrison, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Adams took over the role for Thurston's season.
While The Bachelor franchise has not confirmed if they will be reprising their roles as co-hosts, they are expected to be back during Young's season.
Reality Steve wrote that he believes producers will be choosing one person to host moving forward and that this might be the last season featuring two hosts.
WHO ARE THE BACHELORS ON THE BACHELORETTE THIS SEASON?
The men competing for Michelle's heart include:
- Alec, 29, Forest, VA
- Brandon J, 26, Portland, OR
- Brandon K, 29, Sulphur, LA
- Brett, 29, Houston, TX
- Bryan, 30, Houlton, WI
- Casey, Parkland, FL
- Christopher G, 27, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Chris S, 28, New Orleans, LA
- Clayton, 28, Eureka, MO
- Daniel, 26, Austin, TX
- Edward, 27, Brownsville, TX
- Eric, 25, Bridgewater, NJ
- Garrett, 33, Salt Lake City, UT
- Jack, 30, Greensborough, NC
- Jamie, 32, Tacoma, WA
- Joe, 28, Minneapolis, MN
- Joel, 31, Prescott, AZ
- Jomarri, 26, Portland, OR
- Leroy, 27, Durham, NC
- LT, 38, Bellevue, WA
- Martin 28, Cordoba, Argentina
- Michael, 30, Omaha, NE
- Mollique, 36, Jameshill, Jamaica
- Nayte, 27, Winnipeg, MB
- Olumide, 28, Woodland Park, NJ
- Pardeep, 30, Brooklyn, NY
- Peter, 26, Bellmore, NY
- PJ, 30, Austin, TX
- Rick, 32, Munroe Falls, OH
- Rodney, 29, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
- Romeo, 32, New York, NY
- Ryan, 30, Sanger, CA
- Spencer, 25, Cleveland, OH
- Trevor, 26, Rocklin, CA
- Will, 29, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
ONLINE RUMORS POINT TO MICHELLE'S PICK
There are already rumors online of who Michelle picks on this season of The Bachelorette.
Spoiler king Reality Steve has already confirmed who Michelle goes home with, saying, "Had heard rumblings since the season ended but got the confirmation I needed the end of last week."
WHEN CAN WE SEE MICHELLE YOUNG ON THE BACHELORETTE?
On After the Final Rose hosted by Emmanuel Acho, it was revealed that both Katie Thurston and Michelle Young from Matt's season would serve as the next bachelorettes.
Fans officially get to meet Michelle Young and her admirers on season 18 of The Bachelorette, premiering on ABC on Tuesday, October 19, at 8 pm ET.
'A LESSON IN LOVE'
"TheBachelorette is getting a lesson in love TONIGHT at 8/7c on ABC," the official show account shared on Twitter on Tuesday.
BACHELORETTE 2021 FILMING, PART TWO
Steve revealed that for most of August 2021, Young's season will be filmed at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis.
"Maybe this season we will see more public dates since they are staying in a major city," Reality Steve wrote in his blog.
"Kinda like anytime this show goes to a US city, we usually always see dates happen. However, I don’t think that’s the last place they’ll be. I do think overnights and final rose ceremony will be in a different location based on the fact I’m hearing filming ends almost two weeks into September."
WHERE IS THIS SEASON OF THE BACHELORETTE BEING FILMED?
According to Reality Steve, Young's season will be filmed in Palm Springs, California.
While the exact location of the filming is unknown, Steve revealed that he does not believe that it will take place at La Quinta, where Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ season was filmed last year.
Part of this upcoming season will also be filmed in Minnesota.