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Clayton Echard on Season 26 of 'The Bachelor'

Let's Break Down Clayton's Bachelor Week 2

It was once again a dramatic episode.

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Bachelor Nation never sleeps, or at least it can feel that way. The franchise has gone straight from Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette right into Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor, with just a quick break for the holidays in between. Now it’s Clayton’s turn to go from contestant to lead as he fights for the family he wants so badly. But the journey to love is always filled with drama on the Bachelor franchise, so Clayton’s going to have to break a few hearts in order to write his own love story. Here’s your recap of who went home each week on Clayton’s season of The Bachelor.

Clayton wasn’t the most obvious choice for the Season 26 Bachelor. Usually, the next lead is chosen from the final few contestants of the previous season, but Clayton was eliminated during Week 6 of Michelle’s season, meaning he wasn’t even one of her final four men. But even though fans didn’t totally expect Clayton to be the Bachelor, Michelle fully supports the decision to have him step into the role. I think Clayton is just so wonderful, so deserving of love, wants to find his person,” Michelle told ET. “He's all in with opening up, he's all in with being vulnerable, so I think that he will get the most out of it."

As Clayton went “all in” on finding love, these are the women he sent home along the way:

The Bachelor Episode 2 Eliminations (Jan. 10)

The Jan. 10 episode started out with a fun, birthday party-themed group date with some kids, which gave Clayton the opportunity to emphasize (again) just how important it is to him to start a family, while the women on the date got to fangirl over guest judge Hilary Duff. Even though Cassidy Timbrooks didn’t fully participate in the date, she spent a lot of time fawning over Clayton, which earned her the group date rose.

After that, the first one-on-one date of the season went to Susie Evans. They got the ultimate luxury experience by taking a helicopter directly onto a yacht. It provided the perfect backdrop for sparks to fly, and Susie received a rose.

The second group date this week was a Bachelor-themed relationship red flag obstacle course, led by comedian Ziwe Fumudoh. Sarah Hamrick won both the obstacle course and the group date rose. But the main focus of the date wound up being the big feud between Shanae Ankney and Elizabeth Corrigan during the after-party.

Shanae wasn’t the only one stirring up drama though. During the cocktail party, it came out that Cassidy had a “friends with benefits” situation with a guy from home. The episode ended with no one going home, but there was a big cliffhanger: Clayton asked if anyone has ever taken a rose back, so it looks like Cassidy might be in danger of getting eliminated in the next episode.

The Bachelor Episode 1 Eliminations (Jan. 3)

Clayton’s season of The Bachelor got off to a chaotically exciting start. He welcomed 31 women to the original Bachelor Mansion, hoping to find his future wife in one of them. He definitely felt the sparks fly with some of the women, like his First Impression Rose recipient, Teddi Wright, whose first kiss with Clayton gave him “chills.”

Other women didn’t have as magical a Night 1 as Teddi, though. First off, there was Salley Carson, who technically didn’t even actually make it to the Bachelor Mansion. She was coming fresh out of an engagement to another man — like, really fresh: Her bachelorette party for her canceled wedding had been just a few weeks before filming for this season of The Bachelor began. Salley realized ahead of the limo entrances that she actually wasn’t ready to pursue a relationship with Clayton, so she self-eliminated, even after Clayton offered her a rose for being so honest with him.

Then there was Claire Heilig, who at least made it past the limo entrances, but did not last until the first rose ceremony. Claire brought a lot of feisty energy to Night 1 that turned a lot of the women off, so much so that they decided Clayton needed to talk to her right away. He did and realized she didn’t really want to be a part of his season, so he decided to eliminate her in the middle of the cocktail party.

Clayton was rejected a third time before his first night as Bachelor was over, but this one wasn’t shown on air. Samantha Jeffries — who made a splash during limo entrances when she rolled up to the Bachelor Mansion in a bubble bath — wrote on Instagram that she’d had a private conversation with Clayton during the premiere’s cocktail party and decided he wasn’t the one for her, so she left. “As much as I wanted to stay, it would not have been fair to try to take his heart, as well as take the opportunity away from a woman who was all in,” she wrote on Jan. 4, the day after the premiere aired. For some reason or another, this wasn’t shown on the episode.

Once the rose ceremony finally did happen, Clayton eliminated another six women: Daria Rose, Hailey Malles, Ivana Noble, Jane Paik, Lindsay Rae Dobbs, and Rianna Hockaday. That leaves 22 women to continue to fight for Clayton’s heart. Those women are:

  • Teddi
  • Serene
  • Susie
  • Eliza
  • Rachel
  • Ency
  • Sarah
  • Kate
  • Cassidy
  • Elizabeth
  • Kira
  • Shanae
  • Sierra
  • Mara
  • Marlena
  • Genevieve
  • Melina
  • Gabby
  • Jill
  • Lindsay W.
  • Hunter
  • Tessa

Season 26 of The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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