‘The Bachelorette’ 2021: Who Did Michelle Young Send Home on Night 1?

The first episode of Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette premiered on Oct. 19. The premiere brought on the drama right away, with one contestant getting sent home before the rose ceremony. The first week features quite a few eliminations, and Bachelor Nation often doesn’t get to know these contestants too well. Here are all seven contestants who didn’t make the cut for night 1.

Michelle Young talks with Ryan Fox beside an ice cream truck on The Bachelorette night 1.
Ryan Fox and Michelle Young | Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

[Spoiler alert: This article contains potential spoilers about Michelle Young’s Bachelorette premiere.]

Tayshia and Kaitlyn discovered Ryan’s ‘The Bachelorette’ playbook

Ryan Fox certainly made an impression on night 1. Instead of arriving in a limo, he showed up in an ice cream truck, much to Michelle’s delight. Later, the two snuck away at the cocktail party to have some ice cream. “This man already gets brownie points,” Michelle told the cameras. “I feel like ice cream is kind of like the way to my heart.”

Unfortunately, Tayshia and Kaitlyn discovered something “disturbing” in Ryan’s room. They found a playbook of notes about The Bachelorette, detailing everything from how to get more screentime, to how not to be a ‘villain.’ Michelle sat Ryan down to talk about the issue right away.

Ryan claimed that he was new to The Bachelor franchise, and the notes were written by his friend’s wife to help him out. “I haven’t seen much of it,” he insisted. “So I had no idea what to expect and I wanted to get to know, who is Michelle?” However, Michelle saw the playbook as too much of a red flag and sent Ryan home before the rose ceremony.

‘The Bachelorette’ night 1 saw six other contestants eliminated

After all the drama, it was time for the rose ceremony. Night 1 of The Bachelorette always features the largest number of eliminations. Michelle sent six other men home, leaving 23 remaining. These men were Brandon Kieffer, a 29-year-old brand manager from Austin, TX, and JoMarri Gable, a personal trainer from Fresno, CA, Parade reports.

Edward Naranjo, a wellness coach from Los Angeles, CA, and Bryan Witzmann, a professional football player from Chicago, IL were sent home as well. Garrett Aida, a Tech CEO from Salt Lake City, Utah, stepped out of the limo with a cane, telling Michelle that he hurt his foot. He and former army officer Jack Russell were also eliminated.

Who wins Michelle’s first impression rose?

Although these seven contestants had bad luck on night 1, others are already standing out as front runners for Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette. Nayte Olukoya, a sales executive from Austin, TX, had chemistry with Michelle right away. He won the first impression rose, as well as a kiss from Michelle in the first episode. The winner of the first impression rose often goes far in The Bachelorette, so Nayte is definitely someone to watch out for.

In a surprising turn of events, Michelle also recognized one of her contestants. Joe Coleman, a 28-year-old real estate developer, played college basketball and is from Minnesota like Michelle. The bachelorette realized that the two had previously messaged back and forth about basketball before Joe “ghosted” her. However, Michelle shared with Tayshia and Kaitlyn, “I’m kind of interested, and he’s good-looking.” She chose to give Joe the final rose and it will definitely be interesting to see how their relationship continues.

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