“Bachelor” star Clayton Echard, 28, searched for love while filming the twenty-sixth season of the hit ABC show, which premiered on January 3, 2022. As fans know, the former NFL player vied for Michelle Young’s affection during “The Bachelorette” season 18. In the end, however, the elementary school teacher sent him on the sixth episode of the season.
In a deleted scene from “The Bachelor” Season 26, Episode 1, Young surprised Echard at the Bachelor Mansion. The scene can be seen below.
In the deleted scene, Echard Young revealed that he was “felt”[ing] a whole flood of emotions ”before they meet the“ Bachelor ”candidates. Young then assured him that starring on the show “works” in relation to her engagement to Nayte Olukoya. She also announced that she brought two guests, her former students Kelsey and Luke.
Echard had met the children on “The Bachelorette” Season 18, episode 6. Subsequently, Kelsey, Luke, and two of Young’s other students, Jayleen and Ahmed, asked attendees a series of questions to see if they were a match for their teacher. Echard managed to charm Kelsey and Luke after building a fortress for them.
Young revealed in a confessional discussion why she had decided to see her former student Echard again.
“I figured I’d bring Luke and Kelsey with me today to give him advice and a preliminary talk,” said the 28-year-old.
As an advice, Kelsey encouraged him to only meet with participants who have a thing for dogs. The children also shared that Echard shouldn’t kiss his potential love interests “the first night”.
The “Bachelor” star seemed to appreciate the visits from Kyle, Kelsey, and Young.
“Having these three here to encourage me to give their advice, it just felt right. It makes me feel much more comfortable and ready to begin my journey, ”said the Missouri native.
When speaking to E! News in January 2022, Echard teased what fans can expect from the show’s new season. He revealed that he had “found love” but did not provide exact details.
“As far as that looks, I think everyone has to tune in and find out because I’m just saying it was a wild ride and yes, I found it, but the way it looks, it’s too determined,” he said 28 year old.
During one January 2022 Appearance in the podcast “Chicks in the Office”Echard said he was enjoying his season thanks to the advice of some former “Bachelorette” stars.
“I’ve also spoken to a few bachelorettes and other alums. I actually had a lot of people who contacted me via DM on Instagram, or I met them in person. And everyone really told me that I think the best advice was to just let go of control, ”said the TV personality.
Echard stated that he found the advice liberating because he is “someone who is always trying to control things”. [him] if [he] can.”
New episodes of “The Bachelor” will premiere on ABC on Mondays.
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