Katie Thurston will make her The Bachelorette debut on season 17, which premieres June 7 on ABC

By Glenn Garner
April 25, 2021 01:00 PM
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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
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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."

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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.

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"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.