Serene Makes It Far on Clayton’s ‘Bachelor’ Season—Here’s if He Chooses Her in the End

Serene, "The Bachelor"
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As one of the late front runners on Clayton’s Bachelor season, fans want to know more about Serene from The Bachelor 2022 and whether she makes it to the end with Clayton.

Serene was one of 30 contestants on The Bachelor season 26 with Clayton Echard. Clayton, a 28-year-old medical sales rep from Columbia, Missouri, was a contestant on The Bachelorette season 18 with Michelle Young, where he was eliminated in eighth place. Clayton was announced as the season 26 Bachelor in November 2021, however, photos of him filming The Bachelor leaked in September 2021, a month before Michelle’s Bachelorette season even premiered.

According to Reality Steve, several contestants from The Bachelorette season 17 with Katie Thurston were on the short list to be the next Bachelor, such as Greg Grippo and Andrew Spencer, but ABC chose Clayton for his story. “Clayton stood out right off the bat,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “Producers ended up going with him because they believed he was the best fit for the role. They wanted to switch things up and go with someone new and someone who hasn’t been in the spotlight yet.” 

In an interview with Good Morning America in November 2021, Clayton confirmed that he found love on The Bachelor season 26. “I did find love, and I was a little skeptical going into the whole journey but I’m so pleasantly surprised that things worked out much different than what I had thought,” he said. “I’m just so excited to watch it back and have everyone else watch it as well.” Clayton also told Good Morning America that came into The Bachelor with a “checklist of sorts” but but the women surprised him when “they brought all of that and so much more.”

So what happens to Serene on The Bachelor 2022? Read on for how far Serene makes it on The Bachelor season 26 and whether she and Clayton get engaged in the end. (For more Bachelor 2022 spoilers, click here.)

Who is Serene from The Bachelor 2022?

Serene, "The Bachelor"

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Who is Serene Russell from The Bachelor 2022? Serene is a 26-year-old from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her Instagram bio is @serenebrookrussell. “I will never be a morning person, for the moon and I, are much too in love,” reads her Instagram bio. When she was announced as part of The Bachelor season 26 cast, Serene posted a photo of her headshot for the show, along with the caption: “wellll- if ya don’t know now ya know 🤍 tune in to @bachelorabc January 3rd 🌹” On premiere day, she posted a photo of her and Clayton from Night One with the caption: “and by the end of the night my face hurt from smiling so much 🌹”

In her Bachelor bio, Serene described her ream man as someone who is “truly worthy” of her commitment and ready to give her that “same level of commitment back.” “Serene’s spirit is robust and her passion is strong. When she’s not making a difference in her student’s lives, she loves to spend time relaxing with close friends or planning her next big adventure,” her bio read. “Serene knows her worth and what she needs to be happy. When it comes to relationships, she wants to find a man who is truly worthy of her commitment and ready to give her that same level of commitment back. Her dream man is honest, clear on what he wants, and an excellent communicator. He’s open to trying new things, willing to be vulnerable, and ready to have a big family. Serene has a huge heart and a lot of love to give, so we can’t wait to see if she finds our Bachelor a worthy recipient.”

For her fun facts, Serene listed the following:

• Serene loves the theater but only if it’s a musical.

• Guinea pigs seriously freak Serene out.

• Serene has a cat named Leonardo DiCATprio.

What is Serene’s job?

What is Serene’s job? Serene lists her job on The Bachelor as an Elementary School Teacher. According to her Linkedin, Serene has worked as a teacher in Oklahoma City since June 2020. Serene graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, with a bachelor of arts in Professional Media in 2020. Before she became teacher, Serene was an assistant manager at Lush Fashion Lounge in Oklahoma City. She was also a news intern with Griffins Communication. Along with teaching, Serene is also a model. She’s represented by Wilhelmina Denver and Tabb Models. According to her Linkedin, she’s been with The Tabb Agency as a commercial and print model since 2014. She was a commercial and print model with Brook Model Management from 2012 to 2014.

What happens to Serene on The Bachelor 2022?

What happens to Serene on The Bachelor 2022? Serene is eliminated in fourth place on The Bachelor season 26, according to Reality Steve. She has her first One-on-One date with Clayton in week four in Texas. For the date, Serene and Clayton went to the Pleasure Pier in Galveston, where they rode rides, played games, won stuffed animals and had the whole theme park to themselves. Serene received a rose. Serene’s second One-on-One date was at the Hofsburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, in week seven. She also had a Hometown Date in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before she was eliminated.

SPOILER: Who is The Bachelor 2022 winner?

Susie, Rachel, "The Bachelor" 2022

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Who won The Bachelor 2022? The winner for The Bachelor season 26 with Clayton Echard hasn’t been confirmed yet, but a Reddit post by @workingbach13 in December 2021 theorized that the final two were Susie Evans, a 28-year-old wedding videographer from Virginia Beach, Virginia, or Rachel Recchia, a 25-year-old flight instructor from Clermont, Florida, who were both in Clayton’s final three Bachelor contestants, along with Gabby Windey, a 30-year-old ICU nurse from Denver, Colorado. The post suspects this because Susie and Rachel both followed Cary Fetman on Instagram. Cary is the Bachelor franchise’s stylist and costume designer who often styles the lead and the last two contestants for the Final Rose Ceremony.

The post speculated that Susie could’ve won Clayton’s Bachelor season because she was the first of the final three Bachelor contestants to return to social media, which has been consistent with past Bachelor and Bachelorette winners. Susie’s family and friends also follow Clayton on Instagram. A fan account has also posted an alleged screenshot of Susie commenting heart eye emojis on one of Clayton’s recent Instagram photos, which he liked. Susie also received the Pretty Woman date—a.k.a. a date where the lead and the contestant go on a shopping spree—in Vienna, Austria, in week seven, which has been indicative of other Bachelor and Bachelorette winners who have had similar dates, such as Rachel Kirkconnell from The Bachelor season 25 with Matt James; Hannah Ann Sluss from The Bachelor season 24 with Peter Weber; Becca Kufrin from The Bachelor season 22 with Arie Luyendyk Jr.; and Bryan Abasolo from The Bachelorette season 13 with Rachel Lindsay. Reality Steve also hinted in a tweet in November 2021 that there’s evidence that Susie won Clayton’s Bachelor season. “Do I post pics of Susie from Clayton’s season out last night so the subsequent dissection of the pics, freak out, and speculation from the fans can commence?” he tweeted.

The post, however, also speculated that Rachel could’ve won Clayton’s Bachelor season because she returned to social media at the exact time Clayton did. Rachel’s mom also followed Clayton on Instagram but unfollowed him when filming ended. Rachel Clayton also both liked the same Instagram photo of The Bachelor host Jesse Palmer 20 minutes after it was posted, even though Rachel doesn’t follow Jesse on Instagram. Rachel was also the only contestant from Clayton’s final three that liked season 18 Bachelorette Michelle Young’s first photo with her winner, Nayte Olukoya, which Clayton also liked.

Reality Steve confirmed in February 2022 that Clayton does not have a traditional ending, there was no finality to his Bachelor season, and that he isn’t with Rachel. Reality Steve also reported that Clayton likely won’t have a “Final Rose Ceremony” with two women, where he picks out a ring, one woman arrives and is eliminated and the other woman arrives and he proposes to them. Reality Steve also reported that he didn’t have any “Happy Couple” visits (a.k.a. when the Bachelor and their winner have a secret weekend together) the whole season. He reported that Rachel hasn’t been in Los Angeles, where the “Happy Couple” visits often are, since November 2021.

If Clayton did propose, it’s almost certain that the ring would be designed by Neil Lane, a celebrity jeweler, who has created engagement rings for The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise since 2008. In a 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly, former host Chris Harrison revealed that Bachelor Nation couples have to stay together for a certain amount of time, otherwise they have to return the free engagement ring to Neil Lane. “There’s some rule, after a certain number of years, you get to keep it anyway,” he said. “But after months… it goes back.”

Lane told StyleCaster in 2016 that he doesn’t know where the rings go, but that he designs them with the hope that the couple to stays together. “I make rings hoping that people stay together forever, but after they get the ring, I don’t have a say in it, and what happens after that, I don’t know,” he said. “Where the ring goes, I have to say, I don’t really know. I just say it goes to ring heaven.”

Who is The Bachelor 2022, Clayton Echard? 

Clayton Echard, "The Bachelor" 2022

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In case you didn’t know: Clayton Echard is The Bachelor 2022. Clayton, a 28-year-old medical sales rep from Columbia, Missouri, was a contestant on The Bachelorette season 18 with Michelle Young. He was eliminated in week six in eighth place. He was sent home after a One-on-One date with Michelle, who told him that there’s “something missing” between them. “I just want to find love so badly,” he said in a confessional interview after his elimination. “And have a family. And start that chapter of my life. I want it more than anything else. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there. Whatever it takes.” After his elimination, Clayton received a letter from Michelle’s student, who cheers him on. “This just shows me I want kids one day,” Clayton said as he read the letter. The episode also shows a producer asking the student what should be next for Clayton, to which the student says, “He’ll be the next Bachelor.”

So who is The Bachelor 2022, Clayton Echard? According to his Linkedin, Clayton graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in health professions and related clinical sciences. He’s also set to earn a Master of Business Administration in health and healthcare from Southeast Missouri State University in 2023. Clayton has worked a sales representative at Stryker, a medical devices company, since January 2018. He was hired in 2016 as a sales associate.

While at the University of Missouri, Clayton was a division 1 collegiate athlete for the university’s football team, the Missouri Tigers. After graduation, he was a professional NFL player for the Seattle Seahawks from August to September 2016. “After outperforming 4 other tight ends on a tryout basis with the Seattle Seahawks, I signed on as a free agent. While there, I practiced daily with the team and played in 4 preseason games. I made it past the first round of cuts, however, I was not able to make the final roster. Nonetheless, it was a unique experience that I was blessed to be a part of,” Clayton’s Linkedin reads. According to his Instagram, @claytonechard, Clayton is also a former freestyle rapper and refers to himself as a “washed-up athlete.” He confirmed that his current industry is still orthopaedic sales.

In his bio for Michelle’s Bachelorette season, Clayton described his “perfect woman” as someone who is “funny, independent, intelligent and athletic enough to join him at the gym for a workout.” “Clayton is a Missouri thoroughbred who has it all – good looks, a great job and a wonderful family,” his bio read. “The only thing missing is the perfect woman with whom to share his life. His dream woman is funny, independent, intelligent and athletic enough to join him at the gym for a workout. He wants to find something truly special and is willing to put in the hard work to find love that will last forever. Clayton is so excited to meet Michelle and loves that she has a passion for her career. His mom is a teacher just like Michelle, and he finds it impressive that she’s made this journey work without having to take time away from her students. Clayton truly believes that Michelle could be the perfect match for him. Will they hit it off?”

For his fun facts, Clayton listed the following:

– Clayton had a mohawk in college.

– Clayton’s rapping alter ego is named Clay-Doh.

– Clayton would love to own multiple gyms

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"Bachelor Nation" by Amy Kaufman

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Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

To get more of an inside scoop, check out Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman’s book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, for a deep dive into the Bachelor franchise. The book uncovers the secrets of Bachelor Nation, from how much the Bachelor and the Bachelorette are paid to the rules contestants have to follow, that producers don’t want fans to know. It’s a must-read for any Bachelor Nation member.

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