The first impression rose is always a big deal in any season of the Bachelor franchise, since it’s the first tangible insight into the lead’s feelings. Sure, the lead might *say* they have strong feelings about any number of contestants, but only one person gets the strong reassurance that only the first rose can bring. In Clayton Echard’s season, that one and only person is Teddi Wright, who Clayton hit it off with right away. The fact that Teddi won Clayton’s first impression rose does not guarantee she wins The Bachelor, of course, but it does give her a bit of a leg up heading into the rest of the season.
There was no question Clayton and Teddi felt an immediate pull toward each other. When the 24-year-old surgical unit nurse got some alone time with Clayton during the first cocktail party of the season, Clayton told her there was something about her that felt “more than” good about their burgeoning relationship. He couldn’t find the exact words to describe the feeling, but the passionate kiss the two shared seemed to speak volumes for both of them. “Kissing Teddi, I feel on cloud nine. Cloud 10, if you can even get there. I mean, I felt that spark,” Clayton said.
It’s clear Teddi and Clayton have strong feelings for each other at this point in the season, but the real question is whether those feelings can last all the way to the final rose ceremony. The first impression rose can be a great predictor of the winner on The Bachelorette. Numerous Bachelorettes have wound up giving their final rose to their first impression rose recipients, including the most recent Bachelorette, Michelle Young, who gave both roses to her now-fiancé, Nayte Olukoya. However, there isn’t quite as strong a track record when it comes to The Bachelor. The only Bachelors who gave their final roses to their first impression rose recipients were Sean Lowe and Peter Weber. And with Sean, it’s not that notable, because he actually handed out *12* first impression roses during his first night, so there was a strong chance one of those women would also get his final rose.
But just because it’s rarer on The Bachelor, it doesn’t mean Clayton won’t end up with his first impression rose winner. It seems like Clayton and Teddi have a strong connection, so now Bachelor Nation will have to just wait and see if it’ll last until the end of the season.
Season 26 of The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.