More roses. The Bachelor 2022 contestants for Clayton Echard’s season include an Olympian, a real estate agent who works at the same office as the Selling Sunset cast, and a woman who was engaged less than a month before filming started.
Clayton Echard, a 28-year-old from Eureka, Missouri, is the season 26 Bachelor. He was a contestant on The Bachelorette season 18 with Michelle Young and was confirmed as the next Bachelor in September 2021 after he was photographed filming promotions for the new season in his hometown in Missouri. So who is Bachelor Clayton? Well, according to his Linkedin, Clayton is an orthopaedic sales representative and works for Stryer, a medical technology company, in Columbia, Missouri. Clayton graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in health professions and related clinical sciences. He’s also set to graduate from Southeast Missouri State University in 2023 with a master’s of business administration.
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While at the University of Missouri, Clayton was a devision 1 collegiate athlete. After graduation, he played as a tight end for the Seattle Seahawks, but didn’t make the final roster. “After outperforming 4 other tight ends on a tryout basis with the Seattle Seahawks, I signed on as a free agent. While there, I practiced daily with the team and played in 4 preseason games. I made it past the first round of cuts, however, I was not able to make the final roster. Nonetheless, it was a unique experience that I was blessed to be a part of,” he wrote on his Linkedin. In his Instagram bio, Clayton refers to himself as a “former freestyle rapper” and a “washed-up athlete.”
According to a September 2021 report by The Hollywood Reporter, several contestants from The Bachelorette season 17 with Katie Thurston—including Greg Grippo and Andrew Spencer—were considered to be the next Bachelor, but in the end, ABC decided on Clayton because he has a story that “resonated most with producers, who leaned toward giving the newcomer a second chance.” So who are The Bachelor 2022 contestants who will be on Clayton’s season? Read on for all The Bachelor 2022 contestants who will be on The Bachelor season 26—including an Olympian, an NFL cheerleader and a Disney World character performer.
Breauna Jade Kading
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Breauna, whose Instagram is @breaunajade_, is a partner relations manager for X-team, a software development company, in Los Angeles, according to her Linkedin. “Building your software engineering teams by day,” he Instagram bio reads. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies. She’s also a co-host of the podcast, Strong Coffee Club.
Hometown: Cave Creek, AZ
Cassidy, whose Instagram is @cassidytimbrooks, is from Arizona but lives in Santa Monica, California. She works as an executive regional recruiter for Titanium Recruiting Inc., a recruitment company, according to her Linkedin. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2016 with an associate’s degree in business administration and management. She also lived in Boston for a time, where she was a bartender at Legal Sea Foods, Stephanie’s On Newbury, Scampo and Fox Restaurants. “taker of great risks. believer in the grander plan,” her Instagram bio reads.
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Claire, whose Instagram is @claireheilig, lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She’s the regional director of cosmetics at Anne Arundel Dermatology, according to her Linkedin. In her Instagram bio, Claire notes that she’s a cosmetic dermatologist and a spray tan artist with Island Toned, a spray tan salon in Virginia.
Hometown: Baldwin, NY
Daria, whose Instagram is @darilynmonrosee, lives in New York City. Her most recent job was as a legal intern at Sony Music from July to August 2021, according to her Linkedin. She’s a law student at Yale Law School, where she’s set to graduated from in 2022. She also attended Harvard University from 2015 to 2019.
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Eliza, whose Instagram is @lizaisichei, worked in Berlin, Germany, as an influencer marketing coordinator at Junique, a poster company, from March 2020 to March 2021, according to her Linkedin. Her most recent job was as a talent coordinator at Gleam Futures, a talent management firm, in Los Angeles from August 2021 to September 2021. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. She also attended Richmond, The American University in London, where she studied journalism, as well as John F. Kennedy High School in Berlin.
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Elizabeth, whose Instagram is @ecorrigan5280, is a contestant on The Bachelor season 26.
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Ency, whose Instagram is @ency_abedin, lives in Los Angeles. She’s Korean-Iranian-American, according to her Instagram bio.
Hometown: O’Fallon, IL
Gabby, whose Instagram handle is @gabriela.windey, was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos. She became the first female winner of the Pop Warner Humanitarian Award in April 2021. “Windey is the first female and NFL cheerleader in the history of the award, which has traditionally been awarded to NFL players,” Pop Warner Little Scholars wrote in a press release. “Both Windey and Duvarney-Tardif’s selflessness and commitment to helping others are an embodiment of sacrifice and teamwork, making them model representatives for young student-athletes across the nation.”
Gabby also worked as a registered nurse in the medical ICU at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. “We’re all leaning on each other, and it really becomes a new normal kind of fast,” she told The Athletic in 2020 of working on the frontlines of the current health crisis. “All of health care is ever-changing because we’re always trying to make sure we’re doing things the best way, which comes with evidence-based practice and re-evaluating the way we’re doing things. So we are used to change. But it is hard and, of course, this is different because of the seriousness of it and how many people it’s affecting.”
Hometown: Rehoboth, MA
Genevieve, whose Instagram handle is @genparisi, lives in Los Angeles, as well as Boston, according to her Instagram bio.
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Hailey, whose Instagram handle is @haileyluhoo, is a nurse and artist, according to her Instagram bio. “main character energy. living on dreams and caffeine,” her bio reads. She’s also a singer and has a YouTube channel, where she’s posted videos of original songs like “Coming Down (From Your High”).
Hometown: Lake Wylie, SC
Hunter, whose Instagram is @hunterchaag, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her most recent job was as a character performing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, from May 2016 to December 2020, according to her Linkedin. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 2015 with a bachelor’s in arts management.
Hometown: Snellville, GA & Enterprise, AL
Ivana, whose Instagram is @ivananoble, is an actor, model and hand model, according to her Instagram bio. She’s also the host and creator of the Instagram and YouTube page, We Art What We Eat, which promotes healthy cooking. Ivana has starred in The Retreat, a series on Black Oak TV, according to her IMDb.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Jane, whose Instagram bio is @janeoliviapaik, lives in Los Angeles. She works as the social media director for Cousins Maine Lobster, and graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2010 with bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies, according to her Linkedin. “passionate about growth + empowering others,” reads her Instagram bio.
Hometown: Scituate, RI
Jill, whose Instagram bio is @jillchin_, lives in Scituate, Rhode Island, and works as an architectural historian and social media coordinator for Public Archaeology Lab, according to her Linkedin. She graduated from Salve Regina University in 2017 with bachelor’s degree in cultural and historic preservation.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Kara, whose Instagram handle is @_karagandy, lives in New York City, and works as a professional dancer and fashion designer, according to her Instagram bio.
Hometown: Clarksville, TN
Kate, whose Instagram is @kategallivan, lives in Los Angeles and is a real estate agent for The Oppenheim Group, which is the same company that’s in Selling Sunset. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s in electronic media journalism, according to her Linkedin.
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Kira, whose Instagram is @kiramengistu, is an attending physician in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, according to her Linkedin. She graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in 2011. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine in 2016, where she earned her MD. She also earned her master of business administration fro The Wharton School in 2021. “Living in a Grey’s Anatomy episode,” reads her Instagram bio.
Hometown: Warner Robins, GA
Lindsey, whose Instagram is @lindsayraedobbs, works as a NICU nurse in Florida. She was also the 2013 Miss Teen America.
Hometown: Orange, TX
Lyndsey, whose Instagram is @Lyndsey_windham, is a contestant on The Bachelor season 26.
Hometown: Cherryhill, NJ
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Marlena, whose Instagram is @marlenawesh, is a sprinter and Olympian who competed for Haiti at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the 200-meter and 400-meter sprints. She currently works as a real estate investor and an Airbnb super host, according to her Instagram bio.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Melina, whose Instagram bio is @melnasab, works as a personal trainer and runs her own fitness site, Melina Nicole Fitness. She’s also the founder of KANGABOOTS and KANGABOOTCAMP, a bounce-boot fitness company. She’s also an equestrian rider. Her horse is named King, and he’s a 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood from Germany
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Rachel, whose Instagram is @pilot.rachel, lives in Orlando, Florida, and works as a commercial pilot and flight instructor.
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, TX
Rianna, whose Instagram is @riannahockaday, works in the pediatric cardiovascular ICU in Texas, according to her Instagram bio. “Ask me about Jesus, he’s my dude,” her bio reads.
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Salley, whose Instagram is @salleycarson, is one of the most controversial contestants from The Bachelor season 26. According to Reality Steve, Salley was engaged to a man named Avery Buccholz and had her bachelorette party in Mexico one month before Clayton’s Bachelor cast was announced. Reality Steve also reported that Salley’s wedding date was on September 26, 2021, the day after the contestants were revealed, but she called off the date a couple weeks prior.
“Salley Carson was engaged & having her bachelorette party a month ago. She was set to be married TOMORROW but wedding was called off a couple weeks ago. Now she’s on the Bachelor ha ha,” Reality Steve tweeted.
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Samantha, whose Instagram is @samcjeffries, is a registered and license doctor of occupational therapy, a certified educator of infant massage, and a licensed social worker, according to her Instagram bio.
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Sarah, whose Instagram is @sarahahamrick, lives in New York City but is from South Carolina. Her most recent job was as a financial advisor in the development program of Bank of America Merrill Lynch from January 2020 to August 2021, according to her Linkedin.
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Serene, whose Instagram is @serenebrookrussell, is a model for Wilhelmina Denver and Tabb Models. “I will never be a morning person, for the moon and I, are much too in love,” her Instagram bio reads.
Hometown: Sycamore, OH
Shenae, whose Instagram is @shanae.a, is a relationship analyst and director of recruiting for OPOC.us, a financial services company, and lives in Dublin, Ohio.
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Sierra, whose Instagram is @sierrajackzen, is a yogi, model and tech entrepreneur, according to her Instagram bio. She lives in Dallas, Texas, and is represented by The Driven Agency.
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Susie, whose Instagram is @susiecevans, works in video production for her own company, Susie Evans Media, according to her Instagram bio. “Never doing what I’m supposed to,” her bio reads. She was also the 2020 Miss Virginia USA and graduated from Lindenwood University in 2014 with a bachelor’s in digital cinema arts, according to her Linkedin.
Hometown: Redlands, CA
Teddi, whose Instagram bio is @teddiwright, is a registered nurse, according to her Instagram bio. “let all my life tell of who You are,” her bio reads.
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Tessa, whose Instagram is @tessauce, lives in New York City but is from Connecticut. She works as a people team specialist for Hinge, according to her Instagram bio.
Who is The Bachelor 2022, Clayton Echard?
In case you didn’t know: Clayton Echard is The Bachelor 2022. Clayton, a 28-year-old medical sales rep from Columbia, Missouri, was a contestant on The Bachelorette season 18 with Michelle Young. He was eliminated in week six in eighth place. He was sent home after a One-on-One date with Michelle, who told him that there’s “something missing” between them. “I just want to find love so badly,” he said in a confessional interview after his elimination. “And have a family. And start that chapter of my life. I want it more than anything else. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there. Whatever it takes.” After his elimination, Clayton received a letter from Michelle’s student, who cheers him on. “This just shows me I want kids one day,” Clayton said as he read the letter. The episode also shows a producer asking the student what should be next for Clayton, to which the student says, “He’ll be the next Bachelor.”
So who is The Bachelor 2022, Clayton Echard? According to his Linkedin, Clayton graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in health professions and related clinical sciences. He’s also set to earn a Master of Business Administration in health and healthcare from Southeast Missouri State University in 2023. Clayton has worked a sales representative at Stryker, a medical devices company, since January 2018. He was hired in 2016 as a sales associate.
While at the University of Missouri, Clayton was a division 1 collegiate athlete for the university’s football team, the Missouri Tigers. After graduation, he was a professional NFL player for the Seattle Seahawks from August to September 2016. “After outperforming 4 other tight ends on a tryout basis with the Seattle Seahawks, I signed on as a free agent. While there, I practiced daily with the team and played in 4 preseason games. I made it past the first round of cuts, however, I was not able to make the final roster. Nonetheless, it was a unique experience that I was blessed to be a part of,” Clayton’s Linkedin reads. According to his Instagram, @claytonechard, Clayton is also a former freestyle rapper and refers to himself as a “washed-up athlete.” He confirmed that his current industry is still orthopaedic sales.
In his bio for Michelle’s Bachelorette season, Clayton described his “perfect woman” as someone who is “funny, independent, intelligent and athletic enough to join him at the gym for a workout.” “Clayton is a Missouri thoroughbred who has it all – good looks, a great job and a wonderful family,” his bio read. “The only thing missing is the perfect woman with whom to share his life. His dream woman is funny, independent, intelligent and athletic enough to join him at the gym for a workout. He wants to find something truly special and is willing to put in the hard work to find love that will last forever. Clayton is so excited to meet Michelle and loves that she has a passion for her career. His mom is a teacher just like Michelle, and he finds it impressive that she’s made this journey work without having to take time away from her students. Clayton truly believes that Michelle could be the perfect match for him. Will they hit it off?”
For his fun facts, Clayton listed the following:
– Clayton had a mohawk in college.
– Clayton’s rapping alter ego is named Clay-Doh.
– Clayton would love to own multiple gyms
Who is The Bachelor 2022 host?
Who is The Bachelor 2022 host? The Bachelor season 26 host is Jesse Palmer, who was the season 5 Bachelor in 2004 and was the youngest Bachelor in Bachelor Nation history at 24 years old. During The Bachelor season 5 finale, Jesse gave his Final Rose to Jessica Bowlin, but didn’t propose to her. Jesse and Jessica continued to date, but ended their relationship a few weeks after the finale of their Bachelor season aired. In June 2020, Jesse and his girlfriend, Emely Fardo, married in an intimate wedding in New York City. Jesse told Us Weekly in November 2021 that he and Emely planned to marry in Provence, France, before the current health crisis cancelled their wedding date. “We had originally planned a wedding in Provence, France, for summer 2020, which was postponed until summer of 2021 due to the pandemic, but we didn’t want to wait any longer,” he said at the time. “So, we had a small, private and intimate ceremony with close friends who lived in New York City.”
Jesse graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played football for the Florida Gators, in 2001 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science and a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing. After graduation, Jesse was drafted by the National Football League to play for the New York Giants. He played with the team for four seasons from 2001 to 2005 as a quarterback. After the New York Giants, Jesse was drafted by the Canadian Football League to play for the Montreal Alouettes. He played with the team until 2005 when he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers. He then resigned with the Montreal Alouettes in 2006 before he retired from football in 2007 to pursue a broadcasting career. Since his broadcasting career started, Jesse has worked with networks like Fox, NFL Network, ESPN, ABC and SEC Network. He’s also guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and made guest appearances on shows like Recipe to Riches and Good Morning America, and hosted the Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship.
Jesse was announced as The Bachelor season 26 host in September 2021. “For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own,” he said at the time. “Falling in love is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the show as host this season to offer the newest Bachelor advice gained from firsthand experience and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.” The announcement came after Chris Harrison, the former host of Bachelor Nation, confirmed in June 2021 that he had retired as the franchise’s host after 19 years. “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter,” he wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”
Deadline reported at the time that Chris received a mid-range, eight-figure settlement as part of exit plan with ABC, the network that airs the Bachelor franchise, and Warner Bros. Television, the company that produces the Bachelor shows. The magazine also reported that Harrison’s settlement included a nondisclosure agreement. Chris’ decision to retire as Bachelor Nation’s host came after he was slammed for his response to season 25 Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s racism scandal in February 2021. Rachael, the winner of Matt James’ season, faced backlash at the time when photos resurfaced of her at an Old South Antebellum-themed party at Georgia College in 2018. Before the pictures went viral, Rachael was already under controversy after her former high school classmate accused her on TikTok of bullying her and other students for dating Black men. Other TikTok users then exposed Rachael for liking social media photos of her friends in culturally insensitive costumes and with Confederate flags.
Chris came under controversy after he was interviewed about the scandal by season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra. During the interview, Chris asked fans to give Rachael “grace” and explained that he didn’t find the Antebellum party photos offensive because they just looked like pictures a college student takes at a party. Harrison also questioned whether the photos would be considered racially insensitive in 2018 when they were taken. After the interview, many fans slammed Harrison and accused him of excusing Rachael’s behavior.
ABC confirmed in March 2021 that Chris wouldn’t host season 17 of The Bachelorette and would be replaced by Tayshia and Kaitlyn. “Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette,” ABC said in a statement at the time. “We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season. As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks. These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.” He officially retired as the Bachelor Nation’s host in June 2021.
To get more of an inside scoop, check out Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman’s book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, for a deep dive into the Bachelor franchise. The book uncovers the secrets of Bachelor Nation, from how much the Bachelor and the Bachelorette are paid to the rules contestants have to follow, that producers don’t want fans to know. It’s a must-read for any Bachelor Nation member.
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