- ABC is getting closer and closer to announcing the next Bachelor's identity.
- Reality Steve and this season's host, Jesse Palmer, have all the clues about who the mystery man might be.
- Plus, Steve just shared brand new, juicy spoilers about when and where the new season will be filming.
The next Bachelor's journey is just a few short months away, Bachelor Nation—if you can believe it. A brand new tall, dark, and handsome stud will start handing out roses this January, and there's a lot to learn about him before then.
While ABC still hasn't made an official announcement about the new Bachelor's identity yet, the unofficial king of Bachelor spoilers, Reality Steve, is pretty sure it's Clayton Echard. Clayton is a 28-year-old orthopedic salesman from Eureka, Missouri, and he's totally ready to find the love of his life on TV. And now, a new Instagram post from this season's host seems to confirm Clayton's role.
Can't wait until January to get the deets on this upcoming season? Dive into all the biggest spoilers for The Bachelor below:
Warning: spoiler alert! Stop reading here if you don't want to know what happens on season 26 of The Bachelor!
Clayton will appear on Michelle Young's Bachelorette season first.
That's right—Bachelor Nation hasn't even met Clayton yet, and they won't until October, when Michelle Young's Bachelorette season premieres. Here he is:
Season 26's host, former Bachelor Jesse Palmer, unofficially confirmed Clayton's role in a brand new Instagram post: "Meet my younger, bigger, better looking brother from another mother, @claytonechard 🌹#TheBachelor," he wrote in the caption underneath a picture with Clayton.
And, Jesse tagged four official Bachelor Nation IG accounts in the post—so this definitely seems like a solid announcement! Looks like these two are already off-camera buds (do I smell a bromance brewing?).
Bachelor franchise producer Mike Fleiss first shared the news on Twitter in mid-September: "Major Announcement!!! Your new #TheBachelor is a great guy from Michelle’s season of #TheBachelorette . Can’t wait for you to meet him!" he wrote.
And while ABC hasn't officially announced the new Bachelor, Fleiss gave a huge hint on Twitter:
In another Tweet, Reality Steve also confirmed that Clayton "is from Michelle’s season. So he’ll be 3 weeks into filming his season before you ever see him on your screen" (exciting!!).
Filming for Clayton's season has already started.
Clayton was spotted filming what looks like a promo shoot in his hometown, according to E! News. Then, in an Instagram post, Reality Steve confirmed on Twitter that actual filming started in Los Angeles, California, on Sept. 28.
Another Steve Tweet explained that, yep, the limos have already made it to the mansion.
Former Bachelor Jesse Palmer will host this season.
Yep—Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are off the hook (for now). Reality Steve relayed the news in a recent blog post. "Yesterday was it was officially announced by ABC that former 'Bachelor,' former host of 'The Proposal,' current host of 'The Ultimate Surfer,' and current ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer has been named the new host of the 'Bachelor,'" he wrote.
Here he is, in case you need a refresher:
Plus, Steve has a hunch that this season might not be Jesse's last: "I highly doubt Jesse is gonna be a one season host. That doesn’t make a lot of sense. I would think he’s definitely the Bachelor/ette host, with BIP in question," he explained.
Either way, he'll definitely have plenty of advice for Clayton.
In other huge news: This season will start at The Mansion.
Even without Chris Harrison, the famous Bachelor mansion (a.k.a. Villa de la Vena in Malibu, California) will be back this season. Reality Steve explained that "filming starts at the mansion this season" on his blog. See ya later, Nemacolin.
Here's a quick refresher on the mansion, since it hasn't made a TV appearance since Pilot Pete's season. It's a 10,000 square foot Mediterranean-style residence with a pool and some seriously stunning views of the California countryside, according to the building's website.
In case you forgot how truly huge it is, here's a pic:
I, for one, am so ready to see a black SUV in that driveway again!
Plus, international dates are back and better than ever this season.
Also, contestants will finally get to use their passports again this season. Reality Steve explained in a Tweet that Clayton and the ladies will be traveling all around the U.S. and Europe this season. Oh, and they could be jet-setting right now!
"Now, travel begins," he wrote. Episode 4 will take place in Houston, Texas, and episode 5 will move to Vancouver, Canada. Then, it's off to Vienna, Austria, and Croatia before hometowns happen in episode 8.
Hopefully, that also means the Bachelor will be back to visiting contestants' families in their actual hometowns and not tuning in via phone call a la Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette.
And, Reality Steve already has all the details on what goes down this season.
The cameras may have only just started rolling, but Reality Steve already knows what's going down on set. The very first group date will have a children's birthday party theme, he Tweeted (you're as confused as I am RN).
Steve even dug up the casting call for the partygoers:
"We are looking for 10 fun-loving, sassy, questioning pranksters to attend a kids Birthday Party with our contestants in a Mansion," the announcement reads. "Strong 'in-the-moment' improvisation skills required. There will be cake eating, face-painters, games, balloons and all the things kids would rather be doing, than a Friday morning in school."
As if grabbing the Bachelor's attention on night one wasn't hard enough! Other group dates have included a Baywatch-themed day at the beach and a night out at Clifton's Republic Lounge in downtown Los Angeles, California. Steve's been Tweeting up a storm with all the details:
And Page Six reported some photos from the beachy day out, complete with iconic red swimsuits, ofc.
The contestants just finished filming rose ceremony #3, according to Steve—and there may already be a frontrunner. Contestant Gabby Windey looks like one to watch. She's a professional cheerleader who might already be stealing Clayton's heart, Steve explained, so she could be on a fast track to hometowns!
Stay tuned for more details on Clayton's journey to find love, and get ready for the season 26 premiere, coming in January 2022.