Michelle Young & Katie Thurston: BOTH Getting a Season as The Bachelorette!

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Okay, so you may have noticed that there's a little bit of a Bachelorette spoiler in that headline above.

It's not the sort of thing we normally do, but this is news so big we want to shout it from the rooftops:

As The Hollywood Gossip reported last month, Katie Thurston has been chosen as the next Bachelorette.

Michelle Young-Katie Thurston

That much is still true, but now, there's a new development that could forever alter the franchise as we know it.

According to a new report from Reality Steve, The Bachelor spoilers and The Bachelorette spoilers guru:

Michelle Young will also be the new Bachelorette!

Michelle Young on ABC

Yes, for the first time, two contestants from the same season will be simultaneously announced as the next faces of the franchise.

(As we've been reporting for several weeks, Rachael Kirkconnell will get Matt James' final rose, not Michelle ... but hey, it sounds like everything will work out just fine in the end for Michelle!)

According to Steve, the big announcement will be made by guest host Emmanuel Acho during the After the Final Rose special.

Michelle Young Photo

"Katie will get her own full season of the Bachelorette that begins taping at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in New Mexico in a few weeks," RS wrote in a blog post published on Wednesday, March 10.

"Michelle’s Bachelorette season will film sometime after BIP films (most likely all of July) and air later on in the fall," he added.

Wow. The shake-ups just keep coming this winter.

Michelle Young Image

Of the two, Michelle is a more traditional candidate for the role in a sense, having made it all the way to the Matt's final two.

Katie is a bit of an eccentric choice:

Not only was she eliminated relatively early in the season, she also earned the nickname "Vibrator Girl" as a result of her decision to bring her favorite sex toy along on her first night in the mansion.

So how did we get here?

Michelle and Matt James

In other words, why the heck didn't producers just stick with tradition and cast Michelle in the first place?

Well, as you may already know, it wasn't personal. In fact, it was strictly professional - on her end.

Ms. Young has some important professional commitments that require her to film in the summer.

Michelle Young on Instagram

Steve reports:

"The reason is that Michelle did not want to leave her class again to start filming in a few weeks (meaning she’d miss most of the remainder of her school year), hence the reason she is getting her own season this summer when she’s out of school," Steve reports.

So there you have it.

Matt James and Michelle Together

In the run-up to the After the Final Rose special, you're sure to hear a lot of talk about a bombshell announcement.

But in this case, it seems that Reality Steve has once again beaten execs to the punch with The Bachelorette spoilers.

"That’s the 'twist' or 'curveball' you’ll see announced on the ATFR on Monday," he writes in his latest blog post.

Got 'em!

Michelle Young Picture

Anyway, the important thing here is that fans are in for more of Michelle Young, who might be the most beloved contestant in the history of the franchise.

And what's not to love?

She's a public school teacher, and she's from Minnesota, which means there's pretty much no chance that she'll let sudden fame go to her head.

Michelle Young

After all, those negative-forty degree winters can be quite humbling.

Sadly, her season doesn't begin shooting until mid-summer, so it will likely be quite a while before we get to see Michelle on ABC again.

But when she does take the reins as the new Bachelorette, perhaps she'll be the star that a jittery Bachelor Nation can unify behind.

Katie Thurston as a Suitor

For once, we're on the same page with ABC execs, as we're also hoping she'll turn out to be just what this franchise needs.

As for Thurston (above), we wish her all the best too, of course. All love for the two leading ladies of The Bachelorette!

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