But, if the trailer for the upcoming season is anything to go by, Thurston, 30, is definitely in for a wild ride regardless of the outcome.
Like in true “Bachelorette” fashion, this season will feature plenty of fireworks and passionate make-out sessions of course, as well as dramatic twists and turns around every corner, including a surprise visit from a former “Bachelorette” suitor, Blake Moynes. Moynes appeared in Season 16, which starred Clare Crawley, who was later replaced by Tayshia Adams after Crawley chose to give the final rose to contestant Dale Moss early in the season.
Thurston, a marketing manager from Washington (per her ABC bio), became a fan favorite while vying for the heart of Matt James on season 25 of “The Bachelor,” which aired in early 2021. She was the one that brought a vibrator to meet James for the first time during the season premiere. Ultimately, James gave the final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell.
This time around, Thurston is the one handing out the roses.
During the season premiere of “The Bachelorette,” she’ll meet 29 men and a mystery box. As seen in a promo video for the upcoming season, one of the contestant’s identities remains a secret because they show up to meet Thurston inside of a box wrapped in a bow. That means there will be a total of 30 suitors this season.
At the end of the night, Thurston will narrow down the field to 23 with help from former “Bachelorette” stars Kaitlyn Bristowe and Adams, who will serve as mentors in lieu of Chris Harrison, the longtime host of the ABC franchise. Harrison stepped aside as host in early 2021 after coming under fire for comments he made while addressing Kirkconnell’s racism scandal during James’ season of “The Bachelor.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the show’s premiere date, time, channel, and more:
Here’s When the Season Premiere Airs & How to Watch
Bachelor Nation can expect a weekly dose of drama and make-out sessions soon enough.
The two-hour season premiere of “The Bachelorette” airs Monday, June 7, 2021, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch a live stream of “The Bachelorette” streaming online for free:
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You can watch a live stream of ABC (live in select markets) and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the show live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. You can also watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most shows on-demand within three days (and sometimes longer) of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.
You can watch a live stream of ABC (live in most markets) and 65-plus other TV channels via AT&T TV. ABC is included in every channel bundle, but the “Choice” and above packages come included with HBO Max and NBA League Pass at no cost, and you can try out any package for free with a 14-day trial:
Once signed up for AT&T TV, you can watch the show live on the AT&T TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the AT&T TV website.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours).
You can watch a live stream of ABC (live in select markets) and 65+ other TV channels on Vidgo, which you can try with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch the show live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Vidgo website.
You can watch a live stream of ABC (live in select markets) and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which you can try out for free with a seven-day trial:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the show live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which includes most shows after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Here’s Where ‘The Bachelorette’ Was Filmed This Season
Fans may notice a change of scenery this season.
While James’ season was filmed on-location in Pennsylvania, Thurston’s love story will play out from a luxury resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In a Facebook post published on June 1, 2021, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa confirmed that “The Bachelorette” was filmed there.
Per Hyatt’s official website, the resort resides on 550 acres of “the Native American Santa Ana Pueblo between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande River.” The sprawling resort features a horse stable, a golf course, and a spa of course.
There’s Another Season of ‘The Bachelorette’ Airing in 2021
In 2021, there’s not just one but two “Bachelorette” seasons.
Traditionally, the “Bachelor” franchise airs one “Bachelorette” season per year. But, this year, the ABC franchise decided to switch things up. As a result, fans will get a double dose of “Bachelorette” drama.
First up is Thurston, whose season will air this summer. Then comes Michelle Young, a 28-year-old teacher from Minnesota (per ABC), who is starring in the role during Season 18 airing in the fall. Young was also a contestant on James’ season on “The Bachelor.” The announcement was made back in March 2021 during Season 25’s “After the Final Rose” special hosted by Emmanuel Acho after “The Bachelor” season finale aired, and James gave the final rose to Kirkconnell.
According to Cosmopolitan, the season finale of the show could take place sometime between early and mid-August.
“The Bachelorette” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.