MICHELLE Young kicked off tonight's new season of The Bachelorette with a heated confrontation with suitor Joe Coleman.
The schoolteacher had an awkward first encounter with the fellow Minnesota native when she realized they had previously spoken before the show.
"Did I slide into your DMs," she asked as Joe had a vague smile.
He later revealed he "ghosted" her at the time due to anxiety but is in a "better place" now for a relationship.
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...
Rick continued his sting of being underneath a silver food platter by hiding his body inside of a catering table.
During a unique first one-on-one chat, Michelle sat on the couch while Rick stayed behind the tablecloth.
Michelle chatted with Joe - where he admitted that he "could have handled" their communication better when they previously DMed on Instagram.
Joe blamed his "ghosting" on his anxiety during the George Floyd racial protests as he owns a business in the area where protests took place.
While Michelle admitted she "understands" as a Black woman who lives in the area, she is hesitant that he "might shut down again."
TOAST OF THE TOWN
Michelle made her first official toast of the evening to her group of men after all the suitors arrived to the Indian Wells resort.
She told the group: "Tonight marks the start of a journey to find love. I was very fortunate to have a great example of love in front of me.
"My parents have been married for 32 years and they still are madly in love. When you're in your position, you can feel some pretty good things when you're authentic and stay true to yourself.
"Show me your authentic self because that is what you will always get from me."
'HE GHOSTED ME'
Michelle revealed to Kaitlyn and Tayshia that not only did she speak to Joe before the show, but he left her on read.
"We messaged each other back and fourth for a bit about basketball but then he ghosted me," she admitted.
However, she said she is "still happy" to see him and see where things go.
'DID I SLIDE INTO YOUR DMS?'
Including being from the same area of Minnesota, the pair may even potentially know each other.
"Why can't I place you? Have we met before?" Michelle asked as he walked up to her.
"We'll see," he replied vaguely with a smirk as he walked away.
She then appeared to have a lightbulb moment, and asked: "Did I slide into your DM's?!'
Joe smiled and appeared to walk back before it cut to commercial break.
Michelle met future Bachelor Clayton Echard for the first time and he immediately brought up that, like her, his mom is also a teacher.
He then pulled out a ruler and asked Michelle to spank him.
She appeared to be a little uncomfortable with the request and awkwardly tapped Clayton's butt.
Clayton admitted that did "not go how he thought it would."
HERE SHE IS!
Michelle made her Bachelorette debut in a gorgeous sparkling gold and silver dress.
As she stepped out of the limo, hosts Kaitlyn and Michelle's jaws were on the floor by the beautiful Bachelorette.
Michelle said that she "wants to feel hopeful multiple relationships" by the end of the evening.
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.