The famous American series the bachelor is set to make a comeback with season 26. The 25th season of the series was released earlier this year. Now speculations have been doing rounds in the market about the expected making of a season 26. The series featuring Matt James enthralled the audience with its gripping storyline. Here is everything about the new release.
The Bachelor Season 26: Release Date
Season 25 of the bachelor premiered earlier on January 4, 2021. The release of season 25 was announced in June 2020 by James on Good Morning America. The filming of the series was delayed due to the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic. With season 25 going on, air speculations have been doing rounds in the market about the expected making of season 26. However, there is no official confirmation regarding the making of season 26. If the speculations are believed, then the season 26 post production would release in 2022 or 2023.
Plot for Season 26
The bachelor is an American dating and relationship reality television series. The show s hosted by Chris Harrison. The series revolves around a bachelor who begins his quest for love by diving into a pool of romantic interests from those he is expected to select a wife. During the season, the bachelor eliminates candidates each week. The elimination process eventually culminates in a marriage proposal to his final selection. The participants have to travel to exotic and romantic locations for the dates and conflicts in the series. The plot involves both internal and external drama. The show does not have a set designed structure or set drama and conflict. The show takes random twists and turns with the elimination of candidates. The eliminated candidates return to the show to plead their case to the bachelor. A bachelor eliminates women outside of the normal elimination process. In the final rounds, the bachelor has to choose to pursue a relationship with his final selection rather than propose marriage. The fresh plot of the show has revolutionized the concept of reality shows. The romantic locations are paired with exciting twists.
Cast to be expected
The bachelor witnessed Matt James cast in the role of the bachelor. Notable contestants including Mariela Mari Pepin, Miss Maryland USA, top 10 finalists of Miss USA 2019, Kit Keenan, Sydney Johnson, Craig Johnson, Abigail Heringer, Catalina Morales. Season six was the only season that witnessed a significant twist in the plot. The producers could not decide between Byron Velvick and Jay verbye for the next bachelor. So the 25 women contestant had to decide which bachelor would make the perfect husband. So for the first episode, velvick was chosen. The seasons had 43 potential contest stands. Season 6 also witnessed Heather Martin joining the cast. James. The other top names in contestants included Kimberly Courneya, Saneh Ste. Claire, Amber Andrews, Alicia Holloway, Sydney Johnson. Marylynn Sienna, Kaili Anderson, Victoria Larson, Anna Redman, Lauren, Kristin Hopkins, Carolyn Vallejo, and Sarah Trott. Chris Harrison served as the host for all the seasons.
UPDATES- 24/9/21— The upcoming season finally introduces a new lead.
The Bachelor Season 26: Who’s the New Lead?
The Bachelor 26 introduces a new lead, Clayton Echard when the reality show hits our screens next year.
Major Announcement!!! Your new #TheBachelor is a great guy from Michelle’s season of #TheBachelorette . Can’t wait for you to meet him!
— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) September 16, 2021
Rumours were getting out of hand on who would take the lead after Katie Thurston’s in the seventeenth season of The Bachelorette launched in 2021, which the show ended following her engagement with Blake Moynes. In August, US Weekly reported that Katie’s former candidates Greg Grippi and Andrew Spencer might appear as a lead in the upcoming season, while Tyler Cameron who appeared in season 15 was also considered. According to Insider, it was reported that the studio wished to choose someone “who’s going to bring in higher ratings” and “also make for good television.”
In September 2021, ABC dropped a major hint with Us confirming the news that the network indeed chose someone from the eighteenth season of Michelle Young’s The Bachelorette. Sources also revealed that in September, Clayton Echard was chosen as the next Bachelor after he was sighted on the set while shooting for season 26 of The Bachelor.
Later that same month an insider disclosed that, “Clayton stood out right off the bat and producers ended up going with him because they believed he was the best fit for the role. They wanted to switch things up and go with someone new and someone who hasn’t been in the spotlight yet.”
The women in search of love with the muscular former football player were stunned by him, who was cast as the next bachelor just as everyone else. Sources also revealed that “The mystery makes it more exciting for the prospective contestants. The crew found out about it last minute. The decision wasn’t even made until about a week prior to filming his intro.”
While the network was yet to confirm the news, Echard was to make his debut when the camera started rolling for The Bachelor season 26. However, Echard made his debut himself as he was spotted filming in Eureka for the reality show in his hometown.
Echard appeared in a video shared by St. Louis Fox— Echard expressed that he was excited. He said, “I’m also very, very nervous, and I’m looking to find my person.”
He also thanked his pals and family on Instagram the same month. He wrote, “Behind every good person is an even greater group of people. Feeling thankful.”
As of now, the official premiere is not out. ABC will announce the release date of The Bachelor Season 26 after some time but since the filming has already kicked off we expect the reality to arrive in January 2022.
Who is the host for season 26 of The Bachelor?
After Chris Harrison departed from the show, a new host has not been introduced yet. Harrison has been serving as the host since 2002 and that’s also the year when the reality show made its debut. This will be the first-ever season without Chris hosting the show and we’re all going to miss him on the show.
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