THE BACHELOR - "2601" - Clayton Echard's journey to find love kicks off! For the first time in two years, 31 women arrive at Bachelor Mansion ready to make their grand entrances and first impressions for the man they hope could be their future husband. New host Jesse Palmer returns to the franchise to welcome Clayton and guide him through his first evening full of dramatic ups, downs and everything in between. But before the first limo even arrives, a shocking franchise first will have Clayton clutching a rose and questioning everything on "The Bachelor," airing MONDAY, JAN. 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/John Fleenor) CLAYTON ECHARD, JESSE PALMER

NEW YORK — This season of “The Bachelor” started with Clayton Echard surprising his mom with the news that he was the next “Bachelor.” It was so sweet! You may also notice there’s a new host, former “Bachelor” Jesse Palmer.

He’s happily married, no, not to the woman he picked on the show. However, Clayton is a man on a mission to find his future bride and says he knows this process can work for him. He thought he had made a great connection with Michelle on “The Bachelorette” but it wasn’t meant to be. Clayton said that experience made him realize he was truly ready to find his future wife and have a family.

Meet the Women

The show then previewed a few of the women that are vying for Clayton’s heart.
– Shanae is 29 and from a small town in Ohio where everyone knows everyone. She apparently works as a recruiter. She claims she’s ultra-competitive.
– Gabby is a 30-year-old ICU nurse from Denver and she tries really hard to be funny. She used to be an NFL cheerleader. She says she works so hard that she doesn’t have time for dating.
– Rachel is 25 and a flight instructor from Florida. She says she’s ready to find someone to move on to the next chapter of her life and meet her future husband.
– Daria is 24 years old and a law student at Yale from Baldwin, New York. She’s extremely focused on her career but also wants to start a family.
– Susie is 28 and a wedding videographer from Virginia Beach. She talked about how she lived in Japan for a few years and she learned jiu-jitsu. She is a former Miss Virginia USA.
– Elizabeth is 32 and a real estate advisor from Colorado. She’s very career-focused and is proud of the fact that she is financially independent.
– Teddi is 25 (although the screen said 24, she must have had a birthday recently) and works as a surgical unit nurse in Highland, California. She says the only thing missing in her life is finding her person. She’s a virgin but said she would go into the fantasy suites. She’s waiting until she’s in love to have sex.
– Salley is 26 and lives in Virginia but is from South Carolina. She was previously engaged and said she was excited to get married, but towards the end of their engagement, there was a “lack of trust.” She said the day before the first night of the show was the day she was supposed to get married. Ouch. She’s already crying. So, she decides she needs to talk to Clayton. Clayton told Salley that he could relate to her because he had thought that he had found his person a while back and when it didn’t work out it caused him to shut down for years. He told her that he thinks there’s something special about her already and he was hoping that she might consider staying. “I think there’s potentially something there,” Clayton said. Then, he stepped away and thanked her for being so vulnerable and then offered her a rose! She said that she wanted to accept it but she was caught off guard. Clayton said he would love to talk to her all night. Wow. Salley went and spoke to someone on the phone and afterwards came back and told Clayton that she wasn’t ready to accept the rose. She apologized and he said it was OK, Clayton thanked her for being honest. Anyone else think she may regret this?

Limos Arrive
OK, time for the limos!
1) Sarah, 23, is a wealth management advisor from NYC. She told Clayton he was even cuter in person. She brought him a tiger token as a reminder of home.
2) Lyndsey W., 28, is an industrial sales representative from Houston. She told him that he’s got her looking north even though she’s from the south because he’s so tall.
3) Genevieve, 26, is a bartender from Los Angeles. She was very nervous and told him she’s ready to get to know him and have some fun.
4) Ency, 28, is a sales manager from Burbank, California. She’s half Persian and half Korean. She spoke in Korean about developing a friendship that turns into love.
5) Susie, 28, we met earlier. She used a hand buzzer to develop “electricity” between them. He thought it was funny.
6) Claire, 28, is a spray tanner from Virginia Beach. She said she had something planned for the introduction but scrapped it and she might tell him about it later.
7) Serene, 26, is an elementary school teacher from Oklahoma City. She said she was very excited, a little nervous, but that seeing him made her feel better.
8) Teddi, 24, is the surgical nurse we met earlier.

Ahem, the virgin. She said that although her name is Teddi she heard that he’s a teddy bear and she hopes to be his teddy bear. “Girl, you make me feel some kind of way!” Clayton said about her. He said he feels way in over his head on this journey.
9) Tessa, 26, is a human resources specialist from Stamford, Connecticut. She said her name is asset backward.
10) Lindsay D., 27, is a neonatal nurse from Florida. She feels like she’s meant to be there.
11) Daria, 24, the law student we met earlier, wore a rose necklace because her last name is rose and she hopes the night ends with a rose.
Clayton stopped and welcomed the women that were there so far and told them all that he was so excited by everyone he’s met so far. They all thought he was really sweet.
12) Kate, 32, a real estate agent from Lake Hollywood, California came out saying, “Hello, handsome! Wow!” She called him a “tall drink of water.” She said they would both feel better if they each held one of her nips. He was like, “um, okay.” And she took out two little bottles of liquor and they each drank them.
13) Sierra, 26, is a recruiting coordinator from Dallas. She told Clayton that she’s his wife from back in the future and since he’s going to choose her any way she says, “Do you want to just get out of here?” Clayton laughed it off and they hugged it out.
14) Melina, 27, is a personal trainer from West Hollywood who came in hopping on some moon shoes.
15) Hailey, 26, is a pediatric nurse from Orlando, Florida. She said she’s self-sufficient, but sometimes she needs help with some things. Then she presented Clayton with a pickle jar to open. He was super relieved that he could indeed open it.
16) Jill, 26, is an architectural historian from Rhode Island. She brought the ashes of her ex-boyfriends and she said she brought them there in case he made the same mistake.

17) Marlena, 30, is a former Olympian from Virginia Beach who threw a penalty flag out of the limo. She told him he was 15 yards from being “so fine.”
18) Jane, had no age listed at first, but then it revealed she’s 33. She’s a social media director from Los Angeles. She drove up in a vintage car from the 1950s and told Clayton she’s been called a cougar once or twice and she hopes that he can appreciate the classics.
19) Holly, 63 a retiree from Boca Raton, Florida came out of the car next and said that she’s a mother of two and she wants to have grandchildren. She’s there for the older senior “Bachelor.” She’s there actually to introduce him to Rachel, the 25-year-old flight instructor we met earlier. She said that Holly was her “wing-woman” to get her in there.
20) Ivana, 31, is a bar mitzvah dancer from Queens. She stayed silent, blew him a kiss, and motioned that he could talk to her inside.
21) Kira, 32, is a physician from Philadelphia. She came out in lingerie and her doctor’s coat! Wow. She told him that she was there to give him a full body physical.

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