Now that Katie’s Bachelorette season is over, Bachelor Nation members have sầu just one question: Who is the next Bachelor for 2022? Well, there’s more than one candidate who could be Bachelor Nation’s next leading man, but only one can hand out roses.

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The next Bachelor will be the lead of The Bachelor season 26. Given that the season 25 Bachelor, Matt James, wasn’t on a previous Bachelorette season, ABC had at least three Bachelorette seasons khổng lồ choose from for their next male lead: The Bachelorette season 16 with Clare Crawley và Tayshia Adams; The Bachelorette season 17 with Katie Thurston; and The Bachelorette season 18 with Michelle Young.

That isn’t including contestants from Bachelorette seasons who’ve already had Bachelors, such as season 15 with Hannah Brown, or fan-favorite men who could come out of Bachelor in Paradise season 7. For the past 12 seasons, The Bachelor has premiered in January, và if season 26 follows the same schedule, fans can expect the new season around then.

So who is the next Bachelor for 2022? Well, ABC hasn’t made that announcement yet, but Reality Steve sầu revealed that the following man was chosen as the next Bachelor. Read on to find out who it is.

Who is the next Bachelor 2022?


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So who is the next Bachelor for 2022? His name is Clayton Echard, & he’s a contestant Bachelor Nation hasn’t met yet. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed in September 2021 that the season 26 Bachelor will be a contestant from The Bachelorette season 18 with Michelle Young, which premieres on October 19, 2021. This means that ABC decided on the next Bachelor for 2022 before viewers even watched Michelle’s Bachelorette season. THR reported that filming started for The Bachelor season 26 at the end of September 2021, & the season will premiere in January 2022.

Though several contestants from The Bachelorette season 17 with Katie Thurston were on the short danh sách lớn be the next Bachelor (including Greg Grippo & Andrew Spencer), THR reported that the chosen contestant from Michelle’s season has a story that “resonated most with producers, who leaned toward giving the newcomer a second chance.” E! News confirmed on September 15, 2021, that the next Bachelor for 2022 will be Clayton Echard, a 28-year-old orthopedic sales representative from Eureka, Missouri. E! News published photos of Clayton with an ABC camera crew filming promos for The Bachelor season 18 at his home page in Eureka, & a source even confirmed to lớn the site that the initials of next Bachelor are “C.E.”

So who is Bachelor Clayton? Well, according lớn his Linkedin, Clayton graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in năm ngoái with a bachelor’s degree in health professions and related clinical sciences. He’s also set to lớn earn a Master of Business Administration in health & 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 lớn September năm 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 lớn make the final roster. Nonetheless, it was a chất lượng experience that I was blessed to be a part of,” Clayton’s Linkedin reads. According to lớn his Instagram,
claytonechard, Clayton is also a former freestyle rapper và refers khổng lồ himself as a “washed-up athlete.” He confirmed tha his current industry is orthopaedic sales. For a full danh mục of Michelle’s Bachelorette contestants, click here.

Who were other Bachelor 2022 contenders?

Ahead are other Bachelorette alums who were contenders to be the next Bachelor in 2022, according to three former Bachelorettes.

Greg Grippo


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Original season: The Bachelorette season 17 (Katie Thurston)

When he was eliminated: 3rd place (quit)

Reality Steve sầu reported on August 19, 2021, that Greg, a 27-year-old sale sales representative from Edison, New Jersey, would be the next Bachelor for 2022. “What I’ve been hearing the past 5 days or so regarding the next Bachelor are this…been told it’s going to be Greg. Obviously it’s never ‘official’ until ABC announces it (whenever that may be), but at this point I would be very surprised if it’s not hyên,” Reality Steve sầu tweeted at the time. That report, however, turned out to be incorrect.

Nevertheless, Reality Steve noted at the time that Greg would be a controversial choice but no different from other controversial Bachelors like season 21’s Nichồng Viall and season 23’s Colton Underwood. “They pichồng who they pick and there will always be people upphối no matter what. Greg will be no different. I’m sure a certain podcast out there is now gonmãng cầu have a conniption,” Reality Steve sầu tweeted. He continued, “He’s a polarizing figure that will have sầu people talking, which is what they want. But by all accounts and everything I’m being told, he’s your next Bachelor so, I guess let’s get the hot take machine fired up. Because here they come in full force.”

Greg quit in the final three of The Bachelorette season 17 after he told Katie that he loved her and she didn’t say it bachồng. Katie told producers that she wanted khổng lồ wait for the final rose ceremony lớn tell her winner that she loved hyên, but assured Greg that he was her “number one,” which bothered him even more.

“I don’t give a fuck about the rose. I was just telling you that you filled a hole in my heart,” he said. “I’ve never given up on you. I’ve fought so hard for you here…As much as it hurts me, I’ve reached my breaking point with this. I gave you everything. I really hope you find something.” In an Instagram post after their breakup aired, Katie accused Greg of “gaslighting,” which is a term fans và other Bachelor alums also used to describe Greg’s behavior

“I know he opened up to her & she said ‘the wrong thing’ but shutting down emotionally being lượt thích, ‘wut, nothing’s wrong why would you think that’ and then punishing with silence is emotional manipulation 101,” The Bachelor season 22 alum Bekah Martinez posted. “I can’t believe people are justifying this because of his trauma from his dad passing. Completely unacceptable và toxic behavior.”

Still, many contestants from Katie’s season rooted for Greg khổng lồ be the next Bachelor. Andrew S. told Us Weekly, “Greg — first of all, it’s been the Gregerlorette so far. been watching hyên ổn và just watching his, you know, his story. He looks lượt thích Ryan Gosling. He’s a freaking gorgeous man with a great personality. He’s my best friend. Both of those guys have my vote.” Tre also told Us Weekly, “Greg is just one of those guys that you can’t have sầu a bad thing khổng lồ say about hyên. I love hyên ổn deeply và I want hlặng khổng lồ find his person. And so I think that he will be great for the show.”

Before Katie’s Bachelorette season, Greg was already in controversy. In April, the celebrity gossip Instagram account
DeuxMoi received an anonymous submission calling Greg a “manipulative sầu liar” and an “actor.” “Greg G is a manipulative sầu liar & actor on Katie’s season of the Bachelorette. He cleaned up his social media/Linkedin và removed all evidence of his aspiring acting career the past few years,” the submission read.

The anonymous source claimed that Greg attended William Esper Acting School from 2017 khổng lồ 2019. In 2019, Greg posted an Instagram pholớn of himself in front of the William Esper Acting School celebrating his graduation. “What a journey. Forever grateful for these last two years
DeuxMoi submission, the source called Greg a “total ego-obsessed diva in class” & alleged that he wasn’t on The Bachelorette for the right reasons. “He is not on the show for love, let alone Katie, and his appearance on this show is solely lớn promote / kick-start his acting career,” the source wrote.
DeuxMoi’s source also claims that Greg has been living at his mother’s house since he graduated from college & “never had a real job up until recently likely because he needed a bio for the show.” (More on what Greg does later.)

In June,
DeuxMoi received a second anonymous tip from a source who claimed to be a friend of someone who dated one of Katie’s Bachelorette contestants. Though the source didn’t name Greg, many assume that the submission was about Katie’s frontrunner because of they describe hlặng as an “actor.” “My best frikết thúc dated a người favorite contestant on The Bachelorette very seriously for a year and a half & he was awful khổng lồ her. This sweet shy boy act is exactly that, AN ACT,” the source wrote. “He really is actually an actor. I’ve personally witnessed hyên ổn throw a fit & Điện thoại tư vấn her a terrible name for wearing a mini dress, so I can only imagine what happened behind closed doors.”

The source also described her frikết thúc and the contestant’s alleged breakup. “He broke up with her, she was extremely upmix và then made her Uber an hour baông chồng khổng lồ her apartment alone at 1am,” the source wrote. “We watched our kind, confident frikết thúc turn inkhổng lồ a shell of herself và then get thrown to lớn the curb. Of course his social truyền thông is perfectly curated now, he has an image lớn protect.”

DeuxMoi’s source also claimed that the contestant believed to be Greg e-mailed The Bachelorette‘s producers while he was still in a relationship. “Oh and he had been emailing with producers for the show while they were dating; this exposure was always part of his plan lớn launch his career so whoever wrote that first post is on point,” the source wrote, referencing the previous
DeuxMoi is an un-fact-checked Instagram account, so neither of these submissions are confirmed. Though, from a look at Greg’s Instagram trương mục, it’s at least confirmed that he’s an aspiring actor & attended William Esper Acting School.

Michael Allio


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Original season: The Bachelorette season 17 (Katie Thurston)

When he was eliminated: 4th place (quit)

Michael A., a 36-year-old business owner from Akron, Ohio, quit in fourth place on The Bachelorette season 17 to be with his 4-year-old son, James. Michael A.’s wife, Laura, died in 2019, which left him as a single dad. During the “Men Tell All,” Michael A. told hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe that he would “100 percent” give sầu his relationship with Katie another chance. “It feels as though we left so much unsaid,” he said. “I know how beautiful a marriage can be. I know how great that bond is. So I wanted khổng lồ let her know that’s where we were heading.”

Katie, for her part, revealed that she has moved on with someone else, which means that Michael A. is still single. “I have sầu nothing but love and respect for Michael,” Katie said. “But ultimately, I could not dwell on the past. I had lớn continue lớn move sầu forward, and my ending is ultimately how everything was supposed khổng lồ happen. I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason, and that’s something I still believe sầu in to lớn this day.”

In an interview with Us Weekly, Katie revealed that Michael A. & Andrew S. were her top picks for the next Bachelor. “My two votes are going lớn be Andrew and Michael for the next Bachelor,” she said. “I think they just both have sầu a lot to offer and I think they are in a place where they are ready to lớn really settle down and they’ve really grown a lot as men.”

Tayshia, the season 16 Bachelorette, and Kaitlyn, the season 11 Bachelorette, also chose Michael A. and Andrew S. as their choices as their top picks for the next Bachelor. “I think we both can agree with Michael A. and Andrew. They’re just such lovable men. They have sầu so much khổng lồ offer, và it would be amazing lớn see them find love sầu,” Tayshia said.

Michael A. also had the tư vấn of many of his former Bachelorette contestants from Katie’s season. Aaron Clancy told Us Weekly, “It’s one of those things. It depends ‘cause I don’t know who won, but I’d say Mike A. is such a stud, like, it’s hard not to lớn champion hyên.” Tre Cooper also rooted for Michael A. “Obviously, there’s tons of great guys on our season, but I think that, for me, I want Michael to lớn find someone. And so I think that being the Bachelor would give sầu hyên a chance to meet a bunch of quality women and have sầu a really good time to lớn, like, explore a lot in ways that he might not have been able khổng lồ explore living at home page. It’s hard in the dating world right now,” he said.

Even Andrew S., another popular candidate for the next Bachelor, told Us Weekly that he wanted Michael A. to be the franchise’s next leading man. “Michael A., I mean, if he didn’t make you cry, something’s wrong with your tear ducts,” he said. “He’s just such a genuine guy. One of the things that he said that I love most is that he knows how to love sầu, và he’s been through a marriage. He’s been through death. He’s been through children, childbirth, lượt thích, that’s a guy who really understands & gets it.”

Andrew Spencer


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Original season: The Bachelorette season 17 (Katie Thurston)

When he was eliminated: 5th place

Andrew S., a 26-year-old professional football player from Vienna, Austria, was eliminated in fifth place on The Bachelorette season 17 at the rose ceremony before Hometown Dates. After his elimination, Andrew S. met Katie at her khách sạn room, where she told hlặng that she still has feelings for hlặng. When Andrew S. left Katie’s room, Katie ran after hlặng and invited lớn come bachồng to lớn her season. But in the kết thúc, Andrew S. turned down Katie’s offer.

“For a good couple weeks, I debated whether I made the right decision or not. But ultimately, it came down khổng lồ she already told me she had stronger connections with the other guys,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “For me to lớn jump baông xã in knowing I’m already behind, it was just something I didn’t want khổng lồ put my heart through again.”

Andrew S. is also a popular candidate for the next Bachelor. Along with Katie, Tayshia & Kaitlyn, Michael A. also rooted for Andrew S. to be the next Bachelor. “There’s just a lot of great guys. I would say Andrew — Andrew’s a great guy, you know, he’s well-spoken, he’s honest and he’s in it,” he told Us Weekly.

Ben Smith


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Original season: The Bachelorette season 16 (Tayshia Adams & Clare Crawley)

When he was eliminated: 2nd place

Ben, a 31-year-old army ranger veteran from Venice, California, was a finacác mục on season 16 of The Bachelorette. He was eliminated by Tayshia in the final four after Hometown Dates but came baông xã to lớn her season during the final three. Ben made it to the final two before he was eliminated by Tayshia again before the Final Rose Ceremony.

Though former host Chris Harrison was in tư vấn of Ben being the next Bachelor, season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay claimed that he was too “desperate” to be the next Lead. “Ben 1,000 percent wants lớn be the Bachelor,” she said on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast. “I beg producers, please don’t bởi it. We’ve sầu been here before with the person who is so desperate lớn be the lead. It never works out. When they want it so badly, when they’ve been planning for it, calculating, made certain moves lớn get to lớn that point và then you give it to lớn them, it always messes up. There are so many great men from the Clare/Tayshia season. Don’t pichồng hlặng. I don’t want khổng lồ see it.”

In an interview on the “Off the Vine” podcast, Ben denied that he went on The Bachelorette to be the next Bachelor. He told host Kaitlyn Bristowe that he went on the show because “something might happen that’s great,” but he never planned on becoming the next Bachelor. “I never had any intentions of doing anything more,” he said.

Mike Johnson


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Original season: The Bachelorette season 15 (Hannah Brown)

When he was eliminated: 6th place

Mike, a 33-year-old portfolio manager from San Antonio, Texas, came in sixth place on The Bachelorette season 15. He was eliminated by Hannah after a one-on-one date before Hometown Dates, where she told hyên ổn that she had stronger connections with other men. Though there were rumors that Mike was in the running to be the season 24 Bachelor (which would’ve sầu made him the first Blaông chồng Bachelor before Matt James), the role went to Peter Weber, the second runner-up on Hannah’s season, instead.

Still, there is support for Mike to be the next Bachelor. Michael A. told Us weekly, “I think Mike Johnson’s the man too, personally, but I mean, whatever happens, happens. There’s a lot of good dudes out there. They’re not going to have sầu to lớn skimp on the next person, you know? You’re not going to lớn get a Kirkland br& version. They’re going lớn be alright.”

In an interview with Variety in 20đôi mươi, Mike revealed that he still doesn’t know why he wasn’t chosen to be the Bachelor for season 24. “I’m lượt thích no other Bachelor in the past,” he said. “I’m not trắng, I have tattoos, I’m a veteran of the Air Force và I speak my mind.” He continued, “I wish I knew. I wish I knew. I really vị. I was never given a reason, ever. I don’t know. I just know that they chose who they chose. I really bởi vì wish I knew more.”

Despite what happened, Mike told samseinfo.com in 20trăng tròn that he’s open to lớn returning khổng lồ the Bachelor franchise. “If I am not in love, I have no opposition to not vì chưng it,” he said.

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To get more of an inside scoop, kiểm tra out Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman’s book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, for a deep dive inkhổng lồ 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 khổng lồ follow, that producers don’t want fans to know. It’s a must-read for any Bachelor Nation thành viên.

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