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On Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor, 31 women compete to win over the Missouri native’s heart. During the first night, sparks flew between Echard and some contestants. But, there were a few that unfortunately had to be sent home. Here are the contestants sent home during the first night on The Bachelor Season 26.

ABC's The Bachelor stars Clayton Echard. Clayton smiles wearing jeans and a sweater and holding a rose.
ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ stars Clayton Echard | Pamela Littky/ABC via Getty Images

[Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers from The Bachelor Season 26 Episode 1]

Who did Clayton Echard send home on the premiere of ‘The Bachelor’ Season 26?

During The Bachelor Season 26 premiere, Clayton Echard was introduced to 31 potential love interests. While the former NFL player formed deep connections with some of the contestants, some fell flat. Clayton sent home nine women at the end of the night, resulting in 22 suitors left on the show. Here’s a list of the following women Clayton eliminated on the first night:

  • Claire Heilig 
  • Daria Rose 
  • Hailey Malles 
  • Ivana Noble 
  • Jane Paik 
  • Lindsay Rae Dobbs 
  • Samantha Jeffries 
  • Rianna Hockaday

Salley Carson left before the first Rose Ceremony could begin. Before joining the show, she was previously engaged. The Charlottesville native wasn’t over the breakup and ultimately rejected Clayton’s rose. Elsewhere, Claire Heilig was eliminated after claiming she “hated” the Bachelor lead.

Who are the remaining contestants competing for Clayton Echard’s heart?

After the first night of eliminations, many women are still competing to win over Clayton Echard’s heart. Here is the list of women who are still in the running for Clayton’s affection on the dating reality show:

  • Cassidy Timbrooks
  • Eliza Isichei
  • Elizabeth Corrigan
  • Ency Abedin
  • Gabby Windey
  • Genevieve Parisi
  • Hunter Haag
  • Jill Chin
  • Kate Gallivan
  • Kira Mengistu
  • Lyndsey Windham
  • Mara Agreat
  • Marlena Wesh
  • Melina Nasab
  • Rachel Recchia
  • Sarah Hamrick
  • Serene Russell
  • Shanae Ankney
  • Sierra Jackson
  • Susie Evans
  • Teddi Wright
  • Tessa Tookes

Will Clayton Echard find love during his season?


‘The Bachelor’ 2022 Promo Trailer Previews Major Spoilers About Who Clayton Echard Will Pick as His Final 2

Clayton is ready to find love in his season of The Bachelor. However, the journey was not easy. While the teaser is filled with heartfelt moments, there is some steamy drama ahead. For instance, some clips showed the contestants throwing around insults like “fake” and “two-faced.” The preview ends with Clayton in tears, saying, “I’m just so broken.” 

So, will he find love in this season? Well, fans will be happy to hear that Clayton does find love on The Bachelor! In an interview with Good Morning America, The Bachelor lead confirmed that he did find the one. 

“I did find love,” he explained. “I was a little skeptical going into the whole journey, but I’m so pleasantly surprised that things worked out much different than I thought. Again, I’m just so excited to watch it back and have everyone else watch it as well.”

How to watch ‘The Bachelor’ Season 26

Potential viewers can watch new episodes of The Bachelor Season 26 on the official ABC website. Subscribers will have to create an account and set up a password to access the latest episodes of the reality dating show. The show is free to watch on the network website. Also, fans can watch Clayton’s season on Hulu. 

The streaming service has a $6.99 per month membership plan (with limited ads) and $12.99 per month (with no ads). New episodes of The Bachelor are available to stream the next day after the episode airs on ABC.

The Bachelor airs every Monday at 8 PM ET on ABC.