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Clayton Echard is officially The Bachelor lead but Bachelor Nation already knew that

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Clayton Echard’s The Bachelor reveal isn’t much of a surprise to viewers. Pic credit: ABC

Clayton Echard becoming the next Bachelor has been one of the worst kept secrets in the franchise considering spoiler sources broke the news months ago. 

Around September of this year, rumors had already circulated that Clayton was chosen to be The Bachelor’s next leading man, however, an official announcement wasn’t made until just recently by ABC. 

In a preview that aired on ABC after the hometown episode of The Bachelorette, viewers finally got a glimpse into what Clayton’s season of The Bachelor has in store. 

The Bachelor viewers initially weren’t thrilled about Clayton Echard being the Bachelor 

Bachelor Nation has been vocal about how underwhelming they found Clayton to be on Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette. 

While Clayton seemed nice enough, he also appeared to lack a compelling presence and wasn’t given much screen time. This caused fans to be unimpressed and disappointed that he had been selected as The Bachelor, especially when there were other men from Katie and Michelle’s seasons that fans were more interested in. 

It wasn’t until the episode when Clayton was sent home that he got to let just a bit of his personality shine through. On a group date with children, Clayton impressed the kids with his fort-building ability and that led them to choose Clayton for the one-on-one date later. 

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