The Bachelor star Clayton Echard will have his hands full with 31 bachelorettes when Season 26 premieres on ABC tonight.

The Bachelor viewers became acquainted with Clayton, a 28-year-old orthopedic sales representative and former college football player, when he appeared on Michelle Young's season of The Bachelorette last year.

Clayton was officially announced as The Bachelor star for Season 26 in late November.

"I'm a Midwest boy from New Jersey that just wants to find love, and I can't wait to get married and have kids," Clayton said in a trailer for the new season.

And Clayton confirmed on Good Morning America just one day after ABC's big announcement that he "did find love" on the show.

"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," he said.

Clayton's group of The Bachelor bachelorettes range in age from 23 to 32 years old and include a pediatric nurse, a bar mitzvah dancer, an architectural historian and a former Olympian.

And one woman, Salley Carson, is noticeably listed as "previously engaged."

In the season premiere, Clayton will meet his pool of The Bachelor bachelorettes and enjoy the season's initial cocktail reception with them before sending some of them home at Season 26's first Rose Ceremony.

Let's learn more about Clayton's impressive group of suitors who will be competing to win his heart and hopefully become his future wife.

Click the BEGIN GALLERY link below to view photos and descriptions of The Bachelor's Season 26 bachelorettes!


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