A FORMER contestant on Matt James' The Bachelor season - Katie Thurston - is slated to be the next star of The Bachelorette.
Thurston's season of The Bachelorette will premiere on June 7, 2021, on ABC, as her quest to find love stars from a pool of 25 bachelors.
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Who is Bachelorette star Viktor Simco?
Bachelorette star Viktor Simco will be among the 25 men seeking to catch Thurston's attention and her heart.
The Galveston, Texas native, 32, is a veteran housing advocate whose into fitness, surfing and snowboarding, per his Instagram.
Simco quotes Psalm 73:26 in his IG profile, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
He is also the younger brother of rapper Riff Raff, and regularly speaks about his mother and late father.
Viktor, who lost his father, annually honors his late pop on his birthday. "A good friend who also suffered the loss of a parent told me the pain never really goes away," Simco captioned in 2016.
"That couldn't have been more true. It inspired me to live my life to the fullest and not let anyone hold me back."
Did Katie Thurston's Bachelorette season wrap up early?
Thurston's Bachelorette season was reportedly so successful it wrapped early.
Insiders shared the franchise's new star was "in control" and very quickly sent lots of men home.
Sources told Us Weekly: “Katie was in control and made sure the men she wanted were there and the men she wasn’t interested in, she sent packing.”
They added filming “went great and it wrapped a week ahead of schedule.”
Production began in New Mexico in March and wrapped on Saturday, April 24.
With former host, Chris Harrison, out following Rachael Kirkconnell’s racism scandal, previous Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe took on the role.
Insiders shared: “Tayshia and Kaitlyn can relate to Katie’s journey in a lot of different ways, which you’ll see play out, so it was nice to have them there to help out with whatever situation came up.
“Tayshia had fun and loved doing it. She and Kaitlyn made a great team.”
What did Katie Thurston say about her relationship?
Thurston may have revealed she's in a new healthy relationship, as her season of The Bachelorette wrapped up quickly.
Thurston shared an Instagram video captioned: "Can’t start a healthy relationship without being healthy. Got my vaccine today! #covidvacccine"
In the video, she said: "Oh, good morning. Did I sleep on my couch? Yes. But is today a great day for a vaccine? Absolutely.
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"Am I gonna shower first? No, it's early. Who showers before 10? Last night's makeup, today's smokey eye,
"Look, I hate getting shots, but I'm not doing this for me. I do this for my mom, who is an essential worker, or my sister who is pregnant, or my nieces and nephews who are still in school. I do it for my grandparents, my friends, my community, for you.
She then thanked the worker who gave her the vaccine and concluded "so do your part. Get the vaccine. Let's fight this together."