Spoiler alert: This article contains major spoilers for Season 26 of The Bachelor.
Though most of Bachelor Nation has known for months, ABC recently announced Clayton Echard as the Season 26 lead of The Bachelor. The 28-year-old first arrived on the scene as one of the 30 eligible suitors vying for Michelle Young's heart in Season 18 of The Bachelorette.
Although viewers were unimpressed by him, he proved to be one of the few men there for the *right reasons.* Now, with a whole season dedicated to his journey to find love, Clayton has the time to earn the support of Bachelor fans nationwide.
Season 26 of The Bachelor began filming in mid-September 2021, and by the beginning of November, the search for his soulmate had narrowed down to just four ladies. If you're as curious as we are, keep reading to find out who Clayton Echard's final four are!
Who make it to Clayton Echard's final four?
If you're dying to know who makes it to Clayton's final four, leave it up to Reality Steve to break the news. On Nov. 3, the blogger took to Twitter to reveal the women heading to hometowns. They are:
- Susie Evans
- Rachel Recchia
- Serene Russell
- Gabby Windey
In the tweet, he also noted the filming schedule of each hometown date. It's safe to assume that this segment is back to normal, as Clayton is traveling across the country to meet the families of his final four.
Susie Evans appears to be one of the front-runners on Clayton's season from early on. She reportedly captures his heart right away and lands the first one-on-one date of the season. The 28-year-old is a pageant girl who represented Virginia in 2020's Miss USA. (She also happens to be good friends with Bachelor Nation favorite Caelynn Miller-Keyes, who also once competed on the Virginia pageant circuit.)
Susie graduated with a major in cinema arts from Lindenwood University. She currently runs her own photography and videography company, Susie Evans Media, and works as a fitness coach with Body by Craig.
Not much is known about 25-year-old Rachel Recchia other than that she's a commercial and private pilot, as well as a flight instructor, who hails from Orlando, Fla. We'll surely learn more about her once The Bachelor premieres in early January. (Maybe we'll even see her fly a plane instead of just ride in one!)
As for Serene Russell, the 26-year-old is an elementary school teacher from Oklahoma City and a model with The Tabb Agency. (You can view her portfolio of work on the agency's website.) According to her LinkedIn page, Serene graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in professional media from the University of Central Oklahoma.
30-year-old Gabby Windey is an ICU nurse who also spent five years as a professional cheerleader for the NFL's Denver Broncos. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gabby doubled down on her efforts to help hospitals save lives. She was even a co-winner of the Pop Warner Humanitarian Award for her work on the front lines. Gabby was the first woman to ever receive the award, as it's typically given to players in the NFL.
Just like Susie already has ties to Bachelor Nation thanks to her friend Caelynn Miller-Keyes, Gabby has a connection as well. In fact, she once dated Caelynn's current partner, former Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise star Dean Unglert! Dean, himself, revealed the news on the Help! I Suck at Dating podcast, where he described Gabby as one his "main exes." Apparently, Dean and Caelynn even have a bet going to see which of their friends will make it furthest on the show!
The latest trailer for Clayton's season might have revealed his final two.
The latest sneak peek that premiered during Michelle Young's "Men Tell All" episode made Clayton's reign on The Bachelor look as dramatic as ever. Not only did he reveal that he's in love with three women at once, but he confessed something significant to two women during a rose ceremony.
"I just want you to know that what I'm about to say is not gonna be easy to hear," he told them. "I want to be fully, fully transparent, and I know it's not easy to hear, but I was intimate with both of you."
Immediately, Bachelor enthusiasts raced to Twitter because the trailer seemingly revealed Clayton's final two contestants.
"Did they just show us the final 2 of Clayton’s season? I’m lost," one fan wrote. Another fan stated, "So I guess I don't have to watch Clayton's season of The Bachelor until fantasy suites, now that I know who the final 2 are! Why would you do that to us?"
On Dec. 7, Reality Steve shared his thoughts about the teaser and believed the footage confirmed that Clayton's final three are Gabby, Susie, and Rachel. As for the final two, he's heard reports that Gabby and Rachel are the last pair competing for Clayton's affection. (Guess Dean's going to be winning that bet!)
The Bachelor premieres on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.