'Bachelorette' bios: Meet the contestants vying for Katie Thurston's heart

Thurston is looking for love on season 17.

Katie Thurston's quest to find love begins tonight on "The Bachelorette."

The season 17 lead was originally cast on Matt James' season of "The Bachelor" and won over Bachelor Nation immediately, arriving with a light-up sex toy in hand. The 30-year-old marketing manager from Washington even stood up against bullying among the other women.

Thurston will meet a variety of men from all across the country -- and even abroad -- who are there to vie for her heart, including Karl, a 34-year-old motivational speaker, to a Cody, a 27-year-old zipper sales manager

In addition to the suitors, Thurston will be joined this season by former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, both of whom are hosting in the absence of longtime host Chris Harrison.

In an interview with "Good Morning America," Thurston said her experience as Bachelorette was a "rollercoaster" of a journey and she fell for "more than one person" along the way.

The brunette beauty also teased a "crazy" ending but assured everyone that she is "happy" with her season's outcome.

While playing a lightning round Q&A with "GMA," Thurston seemed to indicate that Michael, a 36-year-old business owner, was one for fans to watch out, offering him as an answer when asked who took her on the best date, who would make the best father and who was the best husband material.

Other standouts included Greg as the best kisser, Justin as the most attractive, Andrew S. as the most sincere, Tre as the funniest and Connor B. as having the best entrance.

Here are the contestants Thurston will meet in the first episode, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Aaron

Age: 26
Job: Insurance Agent
From: San Diego, California

Andrew M

Age: 31
Job: Deputy District Attorney
From: Newport Beach, California

Andrew S

Age: 26
Job: Pro Football Player
From: Vienna, Austria

Austin

Age: 25
Job: Real Estate Investor
From: Viejo, California

Brandon

Age: 26
Job: Auto Parts Manager
From: Queens, New York

Brendan

Age: 26
Job: Firefighter Trainee
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Christian

Age: 26
Job: Real Estate Agent
From: Boston, Massachusetts

Cody

Age: 27
Job: Zipper Sales Manager
From: San Diego, California

Connor B.

Age: 29
Job: Math Teacher
From: Nashville, Tennessee

Conor C.

Age: 28
Job: Former Baseball Player
From: Costa Mesa, California

David

Age: 27
Job: Technical Product Specialist
From: Nashville, Tennessee

Gabriel

Age: 35
Job: Entrepreneur
From: Charlotte, North Carolina

Garrett

Age: 29
Job: Software Marketing Manager
From: Salinas, California

Greg

Age: 27
Job: Marketing Sales Representative
From: Edison, New Jersey

Hunter

Age: 34
Job: Software Specialist
From: Houston, Texas

Jeff

Age: 31
Job: Surgical Skin Salesman
From: Jersey City, New Jersey

John

Age: 27
Job: Bartender
From: Pacific Beach, California

Josh

Age: 25
Job: IT Consultant
From: Miami, Florida

Justin

Age: 26
Job: Investment Sales Consultant
From: Baltimore, Maryland

Karl

Age: 34
Job: Motivational Speaker
From: Miami, Florida

Kyle

Age: 26
Job: Technical Recruiter
From: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Landon

Age: 25
Job: Basketball Coach
From: Dallas, Texas

Marcus

Age: 30
Job: Real Estate Agent
From: Portland, Oregon

Marty

Age: 25
Job: Dancer
From: Reno, Nevada

Michael

Age: 36
Job: Business Owner
From: Akron, Ohio

Mike

Age: 31
Job: Gym Owner
From: San Diego, California

Quartney

Age: 26
Job: Nutrition Entrepreneur
From: Dallas, Texas

Thomas

Age: 28
Job: Real Estate Broker
From: Poway, California

Tre

Age: 26
Job: Software Engineer
From: Covington, Georgia

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