We have a winner.

It’s just not the winner anyone or any outlet had previously anticipated.

On Wednesday, following reports that the next Bachelor lead will come from the array of suitors about to compete for Michelle Young’s heart this fall on The Bachelorette, Variety confirmed the followiing:

Clayton Echard has landed the gig!

This seemingly reliable update comes after E! News published photos from the set of a promotional shoot for next year’s Bachelor season.

These photos were snapped in Missouri… and Clayton Echard hails from Missouri… and this website joined Variety in writing that he is almost assuredly a lock for the role in 2022.

Echard will be introduced to viewers as a suitor on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette.

However, his biography has already been released by ABC — and this is what we can verify about the aspiring husband:

He’s a 28-year-old orthopedic sales representative who calls the town of Eureka, Missouri home.

Echard is a former college footballl player (just like Matt James), who even signed as an undrafted rookie with the Seattle Seahawks. 

The ex-tight end refers to himself as a “washed-up athlete now trying his luck in orthopaedic sales,” according to his Instagram bio.

Clayton Echard is also a former freelance rapper. Which is simply amazing.

We know, of course, that he’s set to vie for Young’s heart later this year on ABC — and that he won’t be selected as her fiance in the end.

But — The Bachelorette Spoilers Alert, we guess — it’s safe to assume Echard advances pretty far or else producers would not have selected Echard him for this job

This marks a first for the franchise.

Never before has the network aired two seasons of The Bachelorette in one calendar year; and, as a result, never before have we known ahead of the premiere …read more

Source:: The Hollywood Gossip


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