‘The Bachelor’ has consistently entertained viewers since its release on March 25, 2002. Created by Mike Fleiss, it is a dating reality show where a single bachelor looks for his future wife. He has to choose from a pool of young ladies who vie for his attention and love. Over the course of its 25 season run, the show has become so successful that it has been spun off into other reality shows with similar a premise. Now, the series is returning with a new edition. So, here’s all that we know about season 26!
The Bachelor Season 26 Release Date
ABC renewed the 26th season of the show on September 28, 2021. With that said, ‘The Bachelor’ season 26 is scheduled for release on January 3, 2022, at 8 pm ET on ABC.
According to its release history, the network used to release two seasons per year — one releasing in the fall and the other around late winter or early spring. However, the pattern was discarded over time, and season 12 new seasons arrived once every year. So, the upcoming edition follows suit as it is releasing in early 2022. The filming for season 26 started back in September 2021.
Apparently, the cast and the crew stayed at the C Baldwin Curio Collection by Hilton in Houston, Texas. Clayton was spotted filming in his hometown Eureka, Missouri. Having said that, we can confirm that the show is ready to roll out another installment. Moreover, there have not been any reports suggesting a possible delay in the release date or filming. So, we can hope for the swift arrival of season 26 at the date and time mentioned above.
The Bachelor Season 26 Cast: Host and Contestants
The upcoming season of ‘The Bachelor’ will showcase Clayton Echard as the new bachelor. He was a contestant on ‘The Bachelorette’ season 18. Although his hometown is Eureka, Missouri, he apparently lives in Columbia, Missouri. Clayton is a medical sales representative who also has a record at the NFL. He loves sports and doesn’t hesitate to mention that he wants a woman who is “athletic enough to join him at the gym for a workout.” Apart from that, long-time host Chris Harrison has left the franchise, so former season 5 Bachelor Jesse Palmer will host season 26.
There are at least 30 contestants in the new season of ‘The Bachelor.’ The contestants include 26-year-old executive recruiter Cassidy, 28-year-old spray tanner Claire, law student Daria, marketing manager Eliza, real estate advisor Elizabeth, sales manager Ency, ICU nurse Gabby, and 26-year-old bartender Genevieve.
There is also pediatric nurse Hailey, human resources specialist Hunter, dancer Ivana, social media director Jane, architectural historian Jill, real estate agent Kate, and physician Kira. Moreover, industrial sales representative Lyndsey, entrepreneur Mara, former Olympian Marlena, 27-year-old personal trainer Melina, flight instructor Rachel, and a few more are a part of Clayton Echard’s season of ‘The Bachelor.’