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Jenn Tran announced as the lead of ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 21

Host Jesse Palmer shared the news with Bachelor Nation during the finale of Joey Graziadei’s “Bachelor” season.
Jenn Tran was announced as the Season 21 Bachelorette.
Jenn Tran was announced as the Season 21 Bachelorette.John Fleenor / Disney
/ Source: TODAY

Bachelor Nation, meet your Season 21 “Bachelorette” lead: Jenn Tran

After watching “Bachelor” Season 28 star Joey Graziadei gush about his engagement to final rose recipient Kelsey Anderson during his season finale on March 25, host Jesse Palmer revealed he had some special news to share with Bachelor Nation. 

He, along with former Bachelorette Charity Lawson, announced that Jenn will continue her journey to find love on the next season of “The Bachelorette,” arriving soon.

Jenn Tran is Season 21's Bachelorette

Palmer welcomed Jenn to the stage as the “After the Final Rose” audience erupted into applause. Jenn, who was eliminated in week seven, is making history as the first Asian Bachelorette in the franchise.

Jenn thanked the crowd and Bachelor Nation for their support. She then shared what she’s looking for in a partner in her search for love.

“I’m looking for someone who has a really big personality,” she said. “I’m all about having fun, all about having that cheeky banter.”

She added that in her journey she hopes that aside from getting a ring on her finger, “I hope that I find my person, someone that I truly feel is 100% my perfect match... I think I will know when I find him.”

JennRichard Middlesworth / Disney

Jenn is making Bachelor Nation history

Additionally, Jenn spoke about how grateful she is to be the first Asian American Bachelorette and hopes to inspire representation on TV.

“It’s honestly incredible and I feel so, so grateful and so honored to be the first Asian Bachelorette in this franchise,” she said. “Growing up, I’ve always wanted to see Asian representation on TV. I feel like it was really sparse. Anytime Asians were in the media it was to fill a supporting character role, to fulfill some sort of stereotype and I always felt boxed in by that because I was like, I don’t see myself on screen. I don’t see myself as a main character.”

Jenn is now happy to be in the position she is in “I am going to lead my own love story. I am going to be the main character in my story. I just can’t help but think of how many people I’m inspiring and how many lives that may change.”

So before Jenn gets introduced to her future husband, here are a few facts about her to hold you over.

Jenn is a Miami native

Jenn is from Miami, Florida, and according to her Instagram, the beach is her “happy place.”

She is bilingual and proud of her Vietnamese heritage

Jenn's family is Vietnamese and grew up bilingual. Since her time on "The Bachelor," she has been open about her heritage and being able to represent and be a role model for other Asian women.

"Growing up I always wanted to see someone like me on TV," she said in a March 17 Instagram, adding how happy she was to be on the show.

She is studying to become a physician assistant

Jenn is studying to become a physician assistant.

According to her "Bachelor" bio, she is passionate about working in health care, but "also ready to prioritize finding love."

She has many fun hobbies

In her “Bachelor” bio, it states that “Jenn loves reading books like ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,’ paddleboarding, and traveling whenever she has the chance.”

It also notes that she "knows that aliens are real," she doesn't leave the house without ChapStick and is a Shawn Mendes fan.

What's next for Bachelor Nation?

Season 21 will hopefully continue the show’s recent streak of successful love stories. Joey said he is planning to move to New Orleans with Kelsey, and then they will eventually move to New York. They follow Season 20 “Bachelorette” star Charity Lawson and fiancé Dotun Olubeko who got engaged on the show and currently live together. 

“The Golden Bachelor” star Gerry Turner’s season finished airing in November 2023, and just a couple months later he tied the knot with his winner, Theresa Nist. The two said “I do” during a televised ceremony on ABC Jan. 4.

“Bachelor” Season 27 lead Zach Shallcross is also still happily engaged to Kaity Biggar from his season. 

Now that Bachelor Nation knows Jenn is the next bachelorette, fans are still waiting to learn who will be selected as the first-ever lead of “The Golden Bachelorette.” ABC confirmed at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in February that the spinoff will air in fall 2024, Variety reported. 

The network hasn’t yet announced if “Bachelor in Paradise” will return for its 10th season this summer. Either way, there is still plenty more “Bachelor” content on the way for the rest of the year.