Craig SjodinGetty Images
Katie Thurston's Bachelorette season comes at a difficult time for the Bachelor franchise. What should have been a breath of fresh air for the Bachelor-verse—the casting of Matt James as the first Black Bachelor—went up in smoke at the beginning of 2021, when Matt's season was marred by bullying and racism. Longtime host Chris Harrison attempted to defend said racism and was ejected from the franchise, leaving Katie's upcoming season the most uncertain yet. But the lead's refreshing candor and sex positivity, in addition to an intriguing slate of contestants and two charismatic hosts, has made Katie's season a rare win for the franchise. The below is a full list of Katie's original contestants, without spoilers (if you want spoilers, check out our guide to everything that happens, including Katie's top four and eventual winner). And Katie's season might not be the last you see of these men—several of the below show up on Bachelor in Paradise this year.
Blake Moynes, 30
If you're thinking Hang on, I've seen that guy before, it's because Moynes was a major player in the last season of the Bachelorette, competing for both Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams's hearts. Moynes wasn't in the initial ABC lineup of Katie's men, but joins the show mid-season.
Austin Tinsley, 25
Tinsley hails from Mission Viejo, CA, and his Instagram is here. Per his LinkedIn, he's a graduate of California State University-Sacramento, where he did track and field.
Bao Wu, 36
This Concord, NH, native lives in San Diego and is into real estate and stocks, per his Instagram (it looks like his realtor profile is here). He's also a fur-daddy to two adorable animals.
Brandon Torres, 26
Torres is from Mokena, IL, but per his Instagram he moved from Chicago to Tokyo to New York. Also per his Instagram, he's family-oriented and into motorcycles and travel.
Connor Brennan, 29
Brennan's from Columbia, IL, and is a musician (according to Reality Steve, this is him, which would mean he now lives in Nashville. Just like Jed Wyatt...).
David Scott, 27
Another Nashville, TN, resident, Scott hails from New York, NY, and does have Instagram.
Dennis Walega, 26
Walega, who's from Chicago, IL, is a police officer at Village of Barrington Hills and a Western Illinois University grad. He is, per Insta, huge into travel.
Gabriel Everett, 35
This Charlotte, NC, might be familiar to you if you watched season two of Make Me a Supermodel on Bravo. Apparently he went to Belmont University and studied PR.
Greg Grippo, 27
One of two carryover contestants, Grippo is from Edison, NJ, and (spoiler alert!!) got Thurston's first impression rose. So he's absolutely one to watch. He went to St. Michael's College, where his attractiveness was noted thanks to an anonymous, unofficial school Twitter (lol).
Hunter Montgomery, 34
This San Angelo, TX, native has something in common with Tayshia Adam's final pick Zac Clark: He's a former addict who is now a "motivator and mentor," per LinkedIn. He works at Workday, is a single dad who now lives in Houston, per Instagram, and is apparently on TikTok too.
Jeff Caravello, 31
Caravello, from Cranford, NJ, lives in Brooklyn, NY. He still channels that athleticism A LOT, according to his Insta.
Karl Smith, 33
The second of the "carryover" bachelors from Crawley/Adams' season, Smith's a motivational speaker from Miami, FL, and founder of Next Level Success per Instagram. His website has clips of his speaking work.
Landon Goesling, 25
Now living in Dallas, TX, Goesling is from Bakersfield, CA, played college football at the University of Houston, and is a high school basketball coach and a trainer, per Insta.
Mike Planeta, 31
"Mikey" is from Surprise, AZ, and lives in San Diego, CA. He played college at Point Loma Nazarene University and baseball in the minors; he's a trainer and dog-lover, per Insta.
Tanner Guisness, 28
This native of Del Mar, CA, is now the owner of Dyeislife (bringing together Beer Die and Snappa players, per Instagram). He's a University of Colorado Boulder alum and lives in San Diego now. Huge dog-lover, too!
Thomas Jacobs, 28
Jacobs is from (and lives in) San Diego, CA, thanks to his Instagram. He's a real estate agent, and per his bio, he grew up in a military family and played basketball at the University of San Diego.
Tre Cooper, 26
Cooper hails from Covington, GA, and does have Instagram. Aside from knowing he potentially went to Georgia State University and works as a software engineer at the Home Depot, that's about all the info we have.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io