People.com Entertainment TV Watch 'Bachelorette' Star Katie Thurston's First Promo After Competing on Matt James' Season Katie Thurston will make her The Bachelorette debut on season 17, which premieres June 7 on ABC By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 25, 2021 01:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Katie Thurston is back and ready to find love after vying for Matt James' heart on season 25 of The Bachelor. In the first promo for her upcoming season of The Bachelorette, which will also air during the 93rd Academy Awards, Thurston, 30, picks away at rose petals in a lilac gown while the Selena Gomez track "Ring" plays. Highlights from her run on The Bachelor are also featured throughout the clip. "I never want to stop pursuing love," she declares. "I am who I am, and I want to meet someone who knows who they are," she says in another throwback clip, as she slips a "BE A KATIE" T-shirt over her dress. "My person's still out there." Katie Thurston's Bachelorette Cast Revealed — Meet the 34 Men Hoping for a Chance to Win Her Heart Craig Sjodin via Getty Everything to Know About Bachelorette Katie Thurston Thurston was announced as the next Bachelorette in March on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special during a special double-season reveal, in which Michelle Young was named the star of season 18, which will air this fall. "I'm ready to find love," Thurston said on After the Final Rose. "And not just the temporary kind — I'm talking forever, my husband. And I'm in a place in my life where I feel like I'm the best version of me." Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. Thurston's season also comes amid a shift for the franchise after longtime host Chris Harrison took a step back, following backlash over his response to contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's past racist actions. Production began on Thurston's season last month at a resort in New Mexico, with former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe tapped as first-time hosts. RELATED VIDEO: Matt James Weighs in on Whether Katie Thurston Should Be the Next Bachelorette: 'She's Bold' "I support Chris and everything that he's doing, and I think that this is the best decision," Thurston previously said on Good Morning America. "I really feel like this is the big reset. There have been a ton of uncomfortable conversations, but important conversations." Thurston will make her debut as The Bachelorette on the season 17 premiere June 7 on ABC.