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A fresh direction. Clayton Echard will be the leading character for season 26 of The Bachelor when the reality show returns in 2022. There was a lot of speculation about who would be the next to take on Katie Thurston’s 17th season episode of The Bachelorette aired in the summer of 2021 and ended with her marriage with Blake Moynes. DailyGossip informed us the following month that contestants from her past Greg Grippo and Andrew Spencer were among the candidates as well as season 15’s alum Tyler Cameron was also being looked at. According an insider the studio was looking to select one “who’s going to bring in higher ratings” and “also make for good television.”
ABC has thrown a curveball September 2021. Us reporting that the network had picked a cast member from Michelle Young’s Season 18 on The Bachelorette instead. It was an unusual choice since when the announcement was made the story of the teacher’s quest to find love wasn’t planned to air until a month after. Sources said to Us on September 20, 2021, in September 2021 that Echard would become his next Bachelor when he was seen in the filming of season 26.
“Clayton stood out right off the bat,” an insider said later in the month. “Producers chose the actor because they felt him to be the perfect fit for the job. They wanted to change the script and choose an unknown person and one who hadn’t had the chance to be on the radar in a while.”
The women who are looking for affection for the former footballer were just as shocked by the casting decision as everyone else. “The mystery makes it more exciting for the prospective contestants,” the source claimed. “The team discovered the decision at in the last second. The decision was not decided until around one week before filming the intro.”
ABC has yet to confirm this newssince Echard was yet to make his first appearance as a franchise star at the time that the production of The Bachelor began — however, the Missouri native made his debut in the month of September 2021 as he filmed The Bachelor at his home town of Eureka.
“I’m excited,” he stated in a clip shared on St. Louis’ Fox affiliate. “I’m also very, very nervous, and I’m looking to find my person.”
In the midst of all the chaos, Echard showed gratitude for his family and friends on Instagram later in the month. “Behind every good person is an even greater group of people,” Echard wrote. “Feeling thankful.”
Explore this gallery to learn all we have learned so far regarding season 26 on The Bachelor!
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Us announced on September 20, 2021, that Echard would be season 26’s Bachelor after he fought for Young in the season 18 episode of The Bachelorette.
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The Premiere Date
ABC will not reveal the actual premiere date or date for the season 26 however, it is expected to start airing in the month of January 2022.
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The host isn’t announced following Chris Harrison’s departure from the show on June 20, 2021. It will be the very first season on The Bachelor to not be led by Harrison from the time of the program’s launch in 2002. The show’s former hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlynbristowe were tapped for seasons 17-18 of The Bachelorette, while a host of famous guests hosted the season seven of Bachelor in Paradise and Wells Adams was the Master of Ceremonies.
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Young’s season of production came to an end in September 2021. filming for Echard’s started the following month. He was seen filming the show with cameras in his Missouri home town in which a sign in place that read “Go Find Love Clayton!”
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A few weeks after DailyGossip announced that Echard would be The Bachelor for its forthcoming season 26 ABC announced 30 contestants who could be ready to compete for the former footballer’s heart.
“We give an early look at the ladies who could be appearing on this season’s episode on The Bachelor! You can leave a comment on who will be your first impression,” the show’s official Facebook page captioned an image of 30 women who will be on the show in September 2021.
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“The Return of the Mansion
After filming several seasons at resorts amidst the outbreak of coronavirus The Bachelor will return to the mansion that is famous to film season 26. “We’re back, baby!!! Feels good,” creator Mike Fleiss tweeted in September posting a photo of the set. Via US Magazine