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ABC Just Announced The Bachelor's New Host

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The population of Bachelor Nation is ever-expanding. Even before one season of a Bachelor franchise show is complete (or has even started to air), it’s time to start thinking about the cast of the next one. Case in point: Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette hasn’t begun yet, but fans can already take a look at the 30 women in line to be on the next Bachelor season.

The next Bachelor hasn’t been officially announced yet, although Bachelor creator and producer Mike Fleiss confirmed the lead will be a guy from Michelle’s season. Fans have started speculating about which of Michelle’s guys will step into the lead role in 2022, but they don’t have to guess when it comes to the rest of the cast of the season. ABC released the names and photos of the possible contestants for Season 26 of The Bachelor, so fans can start predicting who will fare best in the journey to find love with the mysterious new Bachelor. Plus, Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette premieres Oct. 19, 2021, and that’ll give fans their first look at the guy who will step into the spotlight for the next season of The Bachelor.

Here’s everything we know so far about Season 26 of The Bachelor:

The Bachelor Season 26 Premiere Date

The premiere date for Season 26 of The Bachelor hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s slated to air sometime in 2022.

The Bachelor Season 26 Host

On Sept. 28, ABC announced former Bachelor Jesse Palmer will take over the show’s hosting role from Chris Harrison. In addition to starring in Season 5 of The Bachelor in 2004, Jesse was also a sports commentator on ESPN and a special contributor on Good Morning America. Most recently, he hosted The Ultimate Surfer, so he’s no stranger to hosting duties.

In a statement released by ABC, he said:

For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own. Falling in love is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the show as host this season to offer the newest Bachelor advice gained from firsthand experience and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.

The Bachelor Season 26 Cast

The lead for The Bachelor Season 26 hasn’t been announced yet, but fans do have a couple of hints about his identity. In addition to letting fans know the next Bachelor is a part of Michelle’s season, Fleiss also let fans know that the new lead’s name starts with the letter “C.” Several outlets have indicated the Bachelor will be Clayton Echard, and Fleiss’ hints back that up. But, no information about the lead has been confirmed yet.

However, ABC *has* released a list of 33 women who are in the running to be on the next Bachelor season on The Bachelor’s Facebook page. You can get your first look at these women here:

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This is Breauna G., age 28, from San Diego, California.

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Here's Cassidy T., age 26, from Cave Creek, Arizona.

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Next is Claire H., age 28, from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Then there’s Daria R., age 24, from Baldwin, New York.

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Here’s Eliza I., age 25, from Berlin, Germany.

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Above is Elizabeth C., age 32, from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

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Then there’s Ency A., age 28, from Burbank, California.

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And this is Gabby W., age 30, from O'Fallon, Illinois.

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Here’s Genevieve P., age 26, from Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

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This is Hailey M., age 26, from Orlando, Florida.

Next is Hunter H., age 28, from Lake Wylie, SC.

Next is Hunter H., age 28, from Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

This is Ivana N., age 31, from Snellville, GA & Enterprise, AL.

This is Ivana N., age 31, from Snellville, Georgia and Enterprise, Alabama.

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Here’s Jane P., age 33, from Los Angeles, California.

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Above is Jill C., age 26, from Scituate, Rhode Island.

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Next up is Kara G., age 30, from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Here's Kate G., age 32, from Clarksville, Tennessee.

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Above is Kira M., age 32, from Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Here is Lindsay D., age 27, from Warner Robins, Georgia.

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Then there’s Lyndsey W., age 28, from Orange, Texas.

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This is Mara A., age 32, from Cherryhill, New Jersey.

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Meet Marlena W., age 30, from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Here’s Melina N., age 27, from Los Angeles, California.

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Next up is Rachel R., age 25, from Chicago, Illinois.

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Here we have Rianna H., age 26, from Mount Pleasant, Texas.

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This is Salley C., age 26, from Greenville, South Carolina.

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Here’s Samantha J., age 26, from Dayton, Ohio.

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Above is Sarah H., age 23, from Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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This is Serene R., age 26, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Next is Shanae A., age 29, from Sycamore, Ohio.

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Here’s Sierra J., age 26, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Then there’s Susie E., age 28, from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Here's Teddi W., age 24, from Redlands, California.

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And finally, here’s Tessa T., age 26, from Stamford, Connecticut.

Stay tuned to see which of these women make the final cut for the next Bachelor season in 2022.

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