Bachelor spoilers: What happens on Clayton Echard's 'The Bachelor' season? Who does Clayton pick as his Final 3 and end up with as his winner? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/10/2022
Bachelor spoilers revealing major spoilers for Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor have surfaced, including details of all Clayton's dates and Rose-Ceremony decisions as well as which bachelorettes make it to his Final 4 and Final 3 and remain in the running to be picked as his winner.
The premiere of Clayton's The Bachelor season may have been the actual most dramatic one yet.
A whopping three women chose to leave on the first day of filming, and Clayton's journey to find love started out with him feeling rejected.
[The Bachelor Spoilers Warning: This report includes spoilers for Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor, including spoilers about who Clayton picked and ended up with as his winner, and will spoil the 2022 season for you].
Salley Carson chose to quit the show five hours before she was supposed to step out of a limo and introduce herself to Clayton.
Salley was previously engaged and scheduled to get married to her ex that very weekend, so she was so devastated about her called-off wedding that she determined she wasn't ready to date someone new.
Claire Heilig then had one conversation with the Bachelor at a makeshift tailgate at The Bachelor mansion and determined she "hated" Clayton and had zero connection with him.
Claire ranted to the other women about how Clayton wasn't her type and she'd never date "America's Sweetheart," and once Clayton found out about her harsh words, the pair mutually decided she should go home.
And then Samantha Jefferies, whose introduction included a bikini and a bubble bath, quit the show before the first Rose Ceremony, according to Entertainment Tonight, because she wrote on Instagram how she just wasn't feeling it with Clayton.
However, 28 other women were interested in Clayton and invested in pursuing romance with him, including Teddi Wright, a 24-year-old surgical unit nurse from Highland, CA, who received the First Impression Rose and the first kiss of the season.
And Clayton also kissed Cassidy Timbrooks, a 26-year-old executive assistant from Los Angeles, CA; Kira Mengistu, a 32-year-old physician from Philadelphia, PA; Eliza Isichei, a 25-year-old marketing manager from Berlin, Germany; and Rachel Recchia, a 25-year-old flight instructor from Clermont, FL.
The Bachelor spoilers for Season 26 reveal Clayton's one-on-one and group dates, Rose Ceremony eliminations, dramatic storylines, and more leading up Clayton selecting his Final 3 bachelorettes, as recently reported by Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
"[But] there are a couple group dates missing and not every group date rose is accounted for," Carbone wrote on December 16, 2021.
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So what will unfold on Clayton's The Bachelor season?! Which bachelorettes sweep Clayton off his feet, and who will go home earlier than anticipated? Keep reading for all the spoilers that are currently out there!
Clayton has confirmed he found love while filming his season
When Clayton appeared on Good Morning America to discuss his experience as the franchise's leading man in late November 2021, he made a pretty big announcement.
"I did find love," Clayton confirmed at the time.
"And I was a little skeptical going into the whole journey, but I'm so pleasantly surprised that things worked out much different than what I had thought."
At the end of Clayton's first Rose Ceremony, he had 22 women still in the running for his heart.
In addition to Teddi, Cassidy, Kira, Eliza and Rachel, the other women who received roses included Elizabeth Corrigan, a 32-year-old real estate advisor AXcfrom Highlands Ranch, CO; Ency Abedin, a 26-year-old sales manager from Burbank, CA; Gabby Windey, a 30-year-old ICU nurse from Denver, CO; and Genevieve Parisi, a 26-year-old bartender from Los Angeles, CA.
Hunter Haag, a 28-year-old human resources specialist from Charlotte, NC, also advanced as well as Jill Chin, a 26-year-old architectural historian from Scituate, RI; Kate Gallivan, a 32-year-old real estate agent from Lake Hollywood, CA; Lyndsey Windham, a 28-year-old industrial sales representative from Houston, TX; and Mara Agreat, a 32-year-old entrepreneur from Collingswood, NJ.
More bachelorettes appearing in Episode 2 include Marlena Wesh, a 30-year-old former Olympian from Virginia Beach, VA; Melina Nasab, a 27-year-old personal trainer from West Hollywood, CA; Sarah Hamrick, a 23-year-old wealth management advisor from New York City, NY; and Serene Russell, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher from Oklahoma City, OH.
And those women will be joined by Shanae Ankey, a 29-year-old recruiter from Sycamore, OH; Sierra Jackson, a 26-year-old yoga instructor from Dallas, TX; Susie Evans, a 28-year-old wedding videographer from Virginia Beach, VA; and Tessa Tookes, a 26-year-old human resources specialist from Stamford, CT.
Clayton and his bachelorettes will stay in Los Angeles for his first week of dates.
On the first group date of Season 26, celebrity guest Hilary Duff enlisted the help of Clayton's bachelorettes to throw a dream Beverly Hills birthday party for kids.
"But when one woman is more interested in spending time with Clayton than the kids, the others have strong feelings to share," according to ABC.
Carbone reported that Cassidy received the group-date rose.
Clayton proceeded to enjoy a one-on-one date with Susie in which the pair rode in a helicopter, jumped off a yacht and danced the night away to a surprise musical performance by Amanda Jordan.
Clayton offered Susie a rose and she reportedly accepted it at the end of their date.
Ziwe greeted a group of women for the second group date, which turned out to be an obstacle course that Sarah.
At the group-date afterparty, Shanae began having issues with people in the house and stopped getting along with Elizabeth. The pair reportedly had an argument.
"I believe Sarah got the group date rose as well," Carbone reported.
After the three dates ended, ABC revealed that "a major storm" began to brew heading into the second cocktail party of the season.
"A shocking secret about a woman who already has a rose is revealed. Will Clayton be forced to do something that no other Bachelor has ever done before?" ABC teased.
Based on a promo for the new The Bachelor season, Clayton considered taking a rose back from a woman.
And Carbone reported that Clayton took Cassidy's rose back.
On November 19, Carbone tweeted, "There is a woman this season who was texting a guy in the hotel pre-show before she got her phone taken away. This becomes a storyline on the show."
Carbone reported weeks later on December 6 that the situation resulted in Clayton sending Cassidy home.
Carbone explained that at the cocktail party preceding the second Rose Ceremony, it's discovered -- presumably because Cassidy had told someone who then spread the news around -- that Cassidy was still texting a guy while she was in quarantine before her phone was taken away by production.
The news reportedly made its way back to Clayton, who then decided to take away Cassidy's group-date rose from earlier in the week and eliminate her from the competition.
Clayton then reportedly ousted Ency, Kate, and Tessa at the second Rose Ceremony of Season 26.
In regards to snatching a rose back from someone, Clayton shared with Us Weekly in December 2021, "The thought crossed my mind. Now whether or not I acted upon it, that's what everyone is going to have to wait and see."
"But there are many moments throughout the journey where I was shocked and I was just kind of, yeah, asking [host Jesse Palmer] sometimes... 'Is this something that I can do? Because this is how I feel.'"
Clayton elaborated, "I was just navigating my love journey the way that I felt was right."
The group date in Toronto featured nine women roasting each other on a date hosted by Canadian comedian Russell Peters at Archeo restaurant. Shanae, who emerged as the villain of Clayton's season, was reportedly an easy target.
The highly-anticipated two-on-one date took place in Toronto with Genevieve and Shanae.
Photos of Clayton and the women had been taken at Queen Victoria Park when the show was filming, and the trio also took a ride on the Maid of the Mist to Dufferin Island Park.
Shanae was sent home on the date.
And at the fifth Rose Ceremony, Clayton ousted Hunter and Marlena, according to Carbone.
Clayton's Final 9 bachelorettes were Eliza, Gabby, Genevieve, Mara, Rachel, Sarah, Serene, Susie, and Teddi.
Clayton and his Final 4 bachelorettes flew to Vienna, Austria before the women's round of hometown dates.
"I don't know if this was a 'if you get a rose on your date, you advance,' or if they just had dates and had a Rose Ceremony at the end," Carbone wrote in his blog on December 16.
"All I know is the end result of who the 4 remaining women were once they left Vienna."
Clayton took Serene to Hofsburg Palace on a one-on-one date, and then Susie received the special "Pretty Woman" date.
Susie, wearing a long red dress, received a rose from Clayton at the end of their one-on-one.
According to Carbone, Genevieve was sent home at some point during the week without going on a date.
"I don't know who approached who first, but it was established that Genevieve and Clayton just weren't a match and didn't see it long term," Carbone claimed, "so he either sent her home or she left. Not sure how it'll be shown."
Carbone is unsure of whether there was a third one-on-one date in Vienna to go along with a group date.
Following Genevieve's surprising ouster, Clayton eliminated Sarah and Teddi at the seventh Rose Ceremony of the season.
Clayton's Final 4 bachelorettes were Gabby, Rachel, Serene, and Susie.
Clayton apparently falls in love with three women
Clayton had no trouble finding love on The Bachelor. In fact, the process apparently worked a little too well for him.
During The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All episode that aired in early December 2021, a trailer aired that featured Clayton admitting, "I didn't believe it could happen, but I am in love with three women."
Clayton proceeds to tell one woman, "I couldn't be more sure that I'm falling in love with you," before telling a second bachelorette, "I'm falling in love with you."
And Clayton shares with a third woman, "I am in love with you."
A mystery woman subsequently laments in tears, "He's in love with all three of us?!"
In order to choose his Final 3 bachelorettes, Clayton met his Final 4 ladies' families in their respective hometowns.
Susie's hometown date in Virginia Beach, VA, filmed on November 2, Rachel's hometown date took place in Orlando, FL, on November 4, Serene's hometown date taped in Oklahoma City, OK, on November 6, and Gabby introduced Clayton to her loved ones in Denver, CO, on November 8.
The Rose Ceremony reportedly occurred on November 9 and ended with Serene being denied a rose.
"One thing I'd heard since hometowns was that Serene was eliminated at #4, and judging by the previews [on December 6], it was all but confirmed," Carbone wrote last month.
Clayton's Final 3 women as a result were Susie, Gabby, and Rachel.
All three ladies reportedly made it to Iceland for overnight Fantasy Suite dates as well as the Final Rose Ceremony.
Clayton has sex with at least two of his bachelorettes
During the trailer that aired during The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All for Michelle Young's season, Clayton is shown standing in front of two ladies -- either his Final 2 bachelorettes or two of his Final 3 women.
Clayton appears to be leading a Rose Ceremony following his round of overnight Fantasy Suite dates.
"I just want you to know that what I'm about to say is not going to be easy to hear," Clayton announces to two ladies.
"I want to be fully, fully transparent, and I know it's not easy to hear, but I was intimate with both of you."
A brunette woman cries, "I'm done," while walking away from The Bachelor star and then falling to her knees.
"What the actual f-ck?!" the brunette complains.
The drama apparently leaves Clayton feeling "so broken" as he stares at a diamond engagement ring, seemingly unsure of whom to give it to.
Carbone said he doesn't know how the elimination went that determined Clayton's Final 2 bachelorettes.
"I don't know yet. What we do know is that Clayton found love this season... so whatever drama they want you to believe ensued from that conversation of saying he was intimate with 'both of you' obviously didn't derail anything," Carbone wrote in his blog on December 7.
Clayton reportedly gets intimate with both Rachel and Gabby
The blonde woman in the trailer that aired during The Men Tell All was reportedly Rachel.
And while the brunette woman crying was Sarah, Carbone reported that Sarah did not make it to Iceland, where the final dates were filmed.
"It was sent to me numerous times... that the venue Clayton is standing in is in Iceland (where we know the overnights and final Rose Ceremony are) and that the two women whose backs are two us (and he's seemingly telling he was intimate with both) are Rachel and Gabby, two women we know had hometown dates," Carbone reported in his blog.
"The shot of Sarah crying was squeezed in from another point in filming since we know Sarah didn't make it to Iceland."
The Bachelor fans are therefore assuming Gabby and Rachel finished as Clayton's Final 2 bachelorettes; however, Carbone is not convinced that's the case.
"Certainly looks that way, but with the way the editing works and how tricky they can get sometimes, the only thing we know for sure is that whole scene happens in Iceland," Carbone explained.
"Saying they're the Final 2 because that's the only two you see there with their backs to us, I don't know yet. Maybe it is and the show just gave away their Final 2."
Carbone noted, however, that he'd like to think producers are "smarter" than just giving away Clayton's Final 2 bachelorettes in a pre-season trailer.
Clayton's winning bachelorette pick has yet to be reported
There is no spoiler out there yet revealing Clayton's winner and whether he got engaged at the Final Rose Ceremony.
"I don't know the ending yet," Carbone wrote in his blog on December 16, 2021, adding that Clayton is "most likely engaged."
However, Carbone is sure Clayton ended up with one of his Final 3 bachelorettes -- Gabby, Susie, or Rachel -- and the contestants have been instructed not to say a word about the show's ending or post anything on social media that could give it away.
"I've heard rumblings about all three since filming ended," Carbone reported.
He added, "I'm leaning towards one person based on info told to me, but again, until I get the confirmation I need, there's no need to tell people what I'm 'hearing.'"
But Carbone assured his readers, "When I'm confident I know who he picked, I'll let you know."
Although Clayton never revealed whether he's currently in a happy relationship or engaged, he did tell Us Weekly that he left The Bachelor with zero regrets.
"I definitely was not perfect. I did some things wrong," Clayton told Us.
But that doesn't mean Clayton has a desire to rewrite history or take any of his decisions back.
"I think for me, I realized that I can't say that I have any regrets because if I would've done things differently, would it have been my 100 percent authentic journey? And I think the answer to that is no," Clayton explained.
"So what I did and every moment while I was there was what I thought was right. Does that mean it was right? Probably not, no."
Clayton said while he's an imperfect human and made some wrong moves, "I did everything under my volition and what I thought was best."
"And so for that, I'm like, 'You know what? You stayed true to yourself, and you developed some battle scars along the way, but that's just what life is,'" he said.