Katie Thurston has more than two dozen suitors vying for her attention this season on “The Bachelorette,” but one standout is Blake Moynes—and that’s partly because fans have seen him before. Blake is a Bachelor Nation veteran after appearing on two previous rounds of the ABC dating show.
Moynes didn’t appear in the first promo for Katie’s season, but he turned up sometime later during filming. In a preview clip, he was shown outside of “The Bachelorette” star’s window holding a boombox for a serenade, per People. Thurston immediately recognized him as a suitor from the prior season of the ABC dating show that starred Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams.
“I definitely knew who he was, which also Tayshia’s ex-boyfriend! So that’s weird,” Thurston told Us Weekly.
In case you need a refresher, here’s what else you need to know about Moynes:
Moynes Is From Canada & Works as a Wildlife Manager
According to his original “Bachelorette” bio, Moynes is from Ontario, Canada, is around 29-years-old and works as a wildlife manager. His bio states that in college he “studied every kind of wildlife management program he could get his hands on” and now “spends his days happily working outdoors.” He also devotes extra time to endangered species.
Moynes is also ready to “settle down and wife up,” which is an indicator that he joined Thurston’s season for the “right reasons.”
Moynes Was a Frontrunner on Clare Crawley’s Season & Reportedly Ends Up Making It Far on Katie Thurston’s Season
Moynes made his “Bachelorette” debut during Clare Crawley’s season last year. He was an early frontrunner after reportedly contacting ABC’s leading lady before they started filming, which is a major faux pas. Crawley didn’t mind, though. She told him that the fact that he broke the rules by contacting her during the show’s COVID-19 shutdown “meant everything” to her, per the New York Post. Moynes ultimately became the first man to get a kiss from Crawley that season.
When Crawley ended her run as “The Bachelorette” less than two weeks in due to her instant connection with Dale Moss and was replaced by Tayshia Adams, Moynes was conflicted over a new “Bachelorette” being brought in. He later said it may have caused issues for him with Adams. Moynes didn’t get a one-on-one date with Adams until late in the season, and she sent him home right after.
“If it was Tayshia from the beginning, I think my story would have been a little bit different,” he later told Us Weekly. “It was tough because I felt, like, even emotionally, I could feel it, like, she could see something there.”
He added that Adams didn’t let “it” happen with them and that he walked into her season “with a red flag” over his head because he “had feelings for Clare Crawley” too.
As for his third try at love with a “Bachelorette,” there have been reports that Moynes makes it to the finals on Thurston’s season, according to ScreenRant. There has also been some speculation that he returned to the ABC dating show to get closure with Adams, who is a fill-in host for Chris Harrison this season, which would really be a first!