“The Bachelor” has a new star.
According to Variety, Clayton Echard has been cast in the upcoming 26th season of the beloved reality dating show.
While ABC has yet to confirm the news, Echard seemingly did when he was spotted filming scenes for the new season in his hometown of Eureka, Missouri.
“I’m excited. I’m also very, very nervous,” Clayton told a small crowd, according to video obtained by a local news report from Fox 2 Now. “I’m looking to find my person.”
Eureka mayor Sean Flower also seemed to confirm Echard’s casting when he shared a Facebook post about about the shoot.
“Eureka native Clayton Echard, the next Bachelor, and a film crew from the show will be on location in downtown Eureka today around 3:00,” Flower. “Eureka folks are welcome to come down to wish him good luck on the show and watch the shoot.”
Echard is a fresh face in Bachelor nation, reportedly set to make his debut during Michelle Young’s upcoming season of “The Bachelorette”.
According to the network, Echard is a 28-year-old orthopedic sales representative who is also a former freestyle rapper and collegiate football player.
“The Bachelor” typically premieres in January, just after the new year, but insiders told Variety that production is starting this month.
If the reports are true and Echard is the new Bachelor, he won’t be officially announced until Young’s season is almost over.
Young’s season of “The Bachelorette” premieres on Oct. 19.