Where Will Michelle's Season Of The Bachelorette Be Filmed?

ABC's "The Bachelorette" is such a huge juggernaut that even though it is currently airing its 17th season, the internet is abuzz, instead, over news about its forthcoming 18th season. While current Bachelorette Katie Thurston makes eyes at eligible young bachelors on our TV screens, as former "Bachelor" contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe act as hosts after the removal of longtime host Chris Harrison (per Glamour), people are speculating about the filming location of a later season. Is there not enough love for Katie Thurston these days? 

The upcoming season will star Bachelorette Michelle Young, a 28-year-old Minnesotan and an elementary school teacher who kindly considered her students and her job while making her "Bachelorette" plans. Filming of Michelle's season was "sort of postponed," according to Heavy, so that she could film during the summer months instead of taking time off school. Michelle was also a contestant on Season 25 of "The Bachelor" with Matt James, and she had missed classes to film then. Producers willingly worked with Michelle, choosing to premiere Katie's season in June and moving Michelle's premiere to after the new season of "Bachelor in Paradise." Reality Steve claims it will premiere on October 19, and Tayshia and Kaitlyn will again share hosting duties.

Of course, Bachelor Nation is full speculation regarding the filming of Michelle's season, and we have the details below.

Season 18 may partially film in Michelle Young's hometown

The coronavirus pandemic, while wreaking havoc on the world, forced the Bachelor Mansion out of commission — at least for a while, according to Glamour. Producers have been filming in locations that offer all-inclusive, quiet places to quarantine, such as La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif., where they filmed Clare Crawley/Tayshia Adams' season. Season 17, airing now with Katie Thurston, filmed at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. So what about the forthcoming season with Michelle Young?

Reality Steve reports that Michelle's season will start filming at the end of July in Palm Springs, Calif. Where, specifically, is unclear, but that's fine. What's more exciting to some fans is that it appears the series may look closer to normal with the return of hometown dates, something they haven't done since before the pandemic lockdown (per Heavy).

Part of the filming for Michelle's season will take place in her home state of Minnesota, at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis, per Reality Steve. "Maybe this season we will see more public dates since they are staying in a major city," he blogged. He also tweeted the speculation that they might film at the popular wedding venue Semple Mansion. There's no news yet about the guys on Michelle's season, but that info will come soon enough. Hang tight, Bachelor Nation, and we hope this tides you over for now.