Bachelor season 21 contestant Rachel Lindsay was announced as the new Bachelorette on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, February 13, making the Dallas native the first black lead to be featured on the franchise.
Lindsay, a 31-year-old attorney, memorably received the first impression rose from Bachelor Nick Viall on the season premiere last month. The couple went on to share a romantic one-on-one date in New Orleans that left viewers across America rooting for the smart and sweet lawyer from Texas.
In her contestant profile, Lindsay revealed additional details about herself, including who she would like to be for just one day. “Michelle Obama. She’s everything!” she declared. The next lead also revealed that one of her biggest regrets has been “focusing too much on my career.”
While Lindsay is still in the running as one of the final four contestants on Viall’s season–read Monday night’s recap here–the rest of her story remains a mystery. ABC broke away from its usual format of announcing the next season’s lead after the current cycle is completed.
Lindsay’s predecessor, JoJo Fletcher, reacted to the revelation on Monday night in an interview with E! News.
“I thought there was no other choice but Rachel and she’s a Dallas girl, so we’re going to keep that trend rolling,” Fletcher, currently engaged to Jordan Rodgers, said on Monday night before the news was formally announced. “I just love that she’s a good age. She’s very smart. She handles herself well. She’s super confident and it’s nice that they are mixing it up, so props to them.”
Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss teased the news leading up to Monday’s announcement on Kimmel. “This historic, history-making announcement regarding #thebachelor actually doesn’t involve #thebachelor …” he tweeted. News prematurely broke on Monday afternoon that Lindsay was the next Bachelorette, and Fleiss again took to Twitter to address the reports. “Very happy about the overwhelming support for our new #TheBachelorette !!!” he expressed at the time.