Here’s When Clayton Echard’s Season of ‘The Bachelor’ Starts

If you were surprised that ABC cast Clayton Echard as the new Bachelor before anyone ever met him, then hello! Welcome, you are my people. It’s probably not fair to say no one ever met him bc Michelle Young did…before sending him home week six on her season of The Bachelorette. (For Michelle’s thoughts on Clayton becoming the Bachelor, head right this way.) All in all, Bachelor Nation only *officially* met Clayton, like, a month ago.

Now that Clayton is a lead himself, let’s look ahead and get the full rundown of his Bachelor season, starting with when his season even begins. Onward!

When does Clayton’s Bachelor season start?

Clayton is starting off ABC’s 2022 schedule with a bang, and the premiere date is official: ABC confirmed that Clayton’s Bachelor season will start this week on January 3, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET!

It’s been typical for several years that The Bachelor begins on the first Monday in January, so it’s not surprising to see Clayton’s premiere date despite Michelle’s season unusually airing on Tuesdays thanks to football and Dancing With the Stars.

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How many episodes of Clayton’s season are there?

Glad you asked. Here are the Bachelor episode release dates and times:

  • Episode 1: Monday, January 3, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Episode 2: Monday, January 10, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Episode 3: Monday, January 24, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET

    And that’s everything 100 percent confirmed by ABC, but check back for updates!

    Who are Clayton’s contestants?

    The 31 ladies competing on season 26 made their way to L.A. in September 2021 for their chance at love, according to a blog post from Reality Steve. (If you want a deep dive on all of Clayton’s contestants, head riiight this way.)

    Speaking of southern California though…

    Did they film at Bachelor Mansion?

    Yes! That’s right, y’all—Bachelor Mansion is back! After not being at the famed Bachelor Mansion since Peter Weber’s season 24 of The Bachelorwhich may not sound like a long time ago, but we’ve had FOUR entire seasons of the show and The Bachelorette combined since then—the beloved house will return for Clayton’s season. We can’t wait to see what debauchery love unfolds within these iconic walls.

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    Who is hosting Clayton’s season of The Bachelor?

    Meet Jesse Palmer, everyone! If you’ve been down with Bachelor Nation since the early aughts—and by that we mean you watched it with your mom and older sis while you were in elementary school—you might recognize Jesse from his time as the Bachelor in 2004. We love a full-circle moment!

    Jesse officially signed on to host Clayton’s season, and according to Variety, ABC would like him to take over the gig completely for both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. That has not been made official juuust yet, but if it does, we’ll let ya know.

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    Where did Clayton’s season film?

    Think international, bestie. Reality Steve heard of several overseas locations on the docket for the season, like Austria, Canada, and Croatia. There will also be other domestic locations outside of Bachelor Mansion, like Texas and the finalists’ hometowns.

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    That’s all we know at this moment. Be sure to check back here for more info as deets about Clayton’s season unravel! Until then, bask in this much-needed briefing on him:

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