Bachelor season 26 star Clayton Echard revealed how he was cast for Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette and why he thought it was a scam.
The bachelor season 26 starring Clayton Echard revealed how he was cast for Michelle Young’s season of The bachelor. Clayton, a 28-year-old medical sales representative from Missouri, had only eight minutes of screen time on Michelle’s season, but he made enough of an impression on the producers that he was asked to be the next bachelor. Clayton made a splash with his entrance as he got out of the limousine with a yardstick and made Michelle hit him on the back with it. He thought this was going to be a playful joke about teachers, and elementary school teacher Michelle laughed at it. During the season, Clayton participated in several group dates, one of the most memorable being the “Ultimate Viking” challenge, where the men dressed in Viking costumes and ate traditional Viking delicacies such as cowhide, tongue and cheek. Clayton won this challenge and received the group computer rose.
In his last appearance on the show, Clayton showed a much softer side. After a group meeting where Michelle’s students built pillow forts and had heart-to-heart conversations with Clayton, they chose him to have a one-on-one dinner with Michelle. Michelle decided not to give Clayton the rose on this date. After he left, he cried and told privately that the only thing he wants in life is a wife and children. This vulnerability led many viewers to believe that Clayton would be announced as the next bachelor, and they were not mistaken. However, this was a controversial decision because many fans felt that Clayton was not the right choice for the lead role.
In an interview with Becca Kufrin and Serena Pitt on Bachelor Happy Hour The podcast revealed to Clayton how his journey with the Bachelor franchise began with sharing how he was cast for Michelle’s season. Clayton had never seen the program before, so he did not submit an application. Instead, he shared, “I was contacted on social media.” He said it was funny because just before this happened he did not have an Instagram account and had only created one because he felt he was out of the loop with his friends who had moved away from Facebook. Clayton did not want to download the Instagram app, but then realized he needed to to see the content. The show then contacted him.
Clayton admitted he was skeptical at first when he received the message from the show. He said, “Of course I thought it was fake. I thought, ‘Okay. This is probably some spam.'” He said he then went step-by-step through the process, “and now I’m totally on this side of it.” Clayton went from being a participant The bachelor all the way to take on the lead role as The bachelor.
It’s funny to think that if Clayton had continued to oppose setting up an Instagram account, then none of this would have happened. Nor would it have been possible if Clayton had ignored the message from the show because he thought it was fake. Clayton’s path to finding love has been unconventional, but hopefully he will find his happy end to their days at the end of his season.
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Source: Bachelor Happy Hour
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