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The 16th season of The Bachelorette premiered on October 13, 2020. The season featured 29-year-old Tayshia Adams, a former phlebotomist, and 39-year-old Clare Crawley, a hairstylist.

Tayshia first appeared on the 23rd season of The Bachelor, where she was rejected by Colton Underwood.

She ultimately chose Zac Clark and accepted his proposal.

Clare previously rejected Juan Pablo Galavis on the 18th season of The Bachelor.

She ultimately chose Dale Moss and accepted his proposal.

Filming and development[]

On March 13, 2020, ABC announced that filming had been postponed due to the recent Coronavivrus (COVID-19) outbreak. Filming was originally scheduled to have begun that very day.

On June 17, 2020, ABC announced that this season would air in a new time slot, Tuesdays at 8 instead of Mondays.[1]

Filming is expected to start at the end of July, becoming the first non-scripted American television program to begin production since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contestants and crew had to quarantine for two weeks before filming begins and test negative for COVID-19 regularly, while also having their temperature checked. Instead of starting at the Bachelor Mansion outside of LA and eventually traveling all over the world, the entire season was shot at one resort in Southern California. It the first time since season eight, that the show would not film at the Bachelor mansion, but at a resort on a quarantine themed format.

Filming began on July 19, 2020, with the first Rose Ceremony taking place that night.[2]

Chris Harrison left the set in order to take his son to college. Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher took his place while he quarantined again.

A premiere date of October 13, 2020, as well as an official poster was released on August 27, 2020. Along with these, ABC released a statement for the season: "Follow Clare's passionate, wild ride to to find her soul mate and the explosive turn of events that will have all of Bachelor Nation talking.". Chris Harrison also released two comments: "It's safe to say this season will be twice as good as any other!" and "I feel like this could be double trouble".

Casting and contestants[]

Clare Crawley was announced as the Bachelorette on March 2, 2020, on Good Morning America.

Before Clare was chosen as the Bachelorette, six other women were reportedly considered for the role. They were: Hannah Brown, who reportedly turned the offer down because the show wasn't paying her enough, Tia Booth, who reportedly even signed a contract and was the second choice behind Clare, Kelsey Weier, who also reportedly signed a contract and now is most likely to head to Paradise, Tayshia Adams, who also reportedly signed a contract, Kendall Long, who met with producers but never signed a contract, and finally Katie Morton, who met with producers but was only briefly considered.

On March 11, 2020, 32 possible contestants were announced. Chris Harrison later commented that the show would see recasts due to the delay in filming as well as the critique given by viewers of the shows, regarding the men's ages.

Four of the originally announced contestants for this season were Matt James, Greg Grippo, Karl Smith, and James Clarke that were supposed to begin filming on March 13, 2020. However, Matt was later chosen as the bachelor for the 25th season of The Bachelor and making him is the show's first male black lead. Some of the contestants were later recast in future seasons: Greg and Karl on the 17th season, and James on the 19th season.

An updated cast list containing 42 potential contestants was released on July 15, 2020 including 17 from the original March 2020 list. The official list of 31 men were announced on September 29, 2020, on Facebook. Four new men were added into the cast on November 7, 2020 when Tayshia was introduced as the Bachelorette, bringing a total number of 35 contestants.

In late July, rumors began circulating that Clare was going to be replaced as she was being difficult during filming, even refusing to film because she had already fallen in love. They called in Tayshia to take her place. She replaced her during the episode that aired on November 5, 2020.

Tayshia's contestants[]

The season began with 20 contestants.

Clare's contestants[]

The season began with 31 contestants.

Future appearances[]

Matt James was originally announced as a contestant for this season but was instead chosen as the bachelor for the 25th season of The Bachelor. He is the show's first male black lead.

Blake Moynes returned as a contestant on season 17 of The Bachelorette.

Brendan Morais, Ivan Hall, Kenny Braasch and Noah Erb returned for season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise.


Call-out order (Tayshia)[]

Order Bachelors Episode / Week
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Ben Spencer Noah Zac Ben Ivan Zac Zac
2 Bennett Eazy Ivan Ben Zac Zac Ben Ben
3 Blake Brendan Zac Brendan Ivan Brendan Ivan
4 Brendan Ivan Ben Riley Brendan Ben Brendan
5 Chasen Zac Eazy Blake Noah
6 Demar Riley Riley Ivan Riley
7 Ed Kenny Brendan Noah Blake
8 Ivan Ben Bennett Demar
Ed
Spencer
Bennett
9 Jason Demar Blake
10 Jay Bennett Demar
11 Joe Jordan Spencer Bennett
12 Jordan Noah Ed Eazy
13 Kenny Joe Chasen
Joe
Jordan
Kenny
14 Riley Blake
15 Eazy Ed
16 Zac Chasen
17 Spencer Jay
Montel
Peter
18 Montel
19 Peter
20 Noah Jason

Call-out order (Clare)[]

Order Bachelors Episode / Week
1 2 3
1 Ben Dale Riley Dale
2 Riley Blake (ON) Jason Ben
Bennett
Blake (ON)
Brendan
Chasen
Demar
Ed
Ivan
Jason
Jay
Joe
Jordan C.
Kenny
Riley
Eazy
Zac C.
3 Zac C. Eazy Chasen
4 Jordan M. Ben Blake (ON)
5 Jason Riley Dale
6 Ivan Zach J. Zac C.
7 Kenny Tyler S. Demar
8 Brendan Joe Brendon
9 Mike Jason Jordan C.
10 Jeremy Demar Joe
11 Blake (AZ) Chasen Jay
12 Tyler C. Jordan C. Bennett
13 Bennett Blake (AZ) Eazy
14 Blake (ON) Kenny Ben
15 Chris Brendan Ed
16 AJ Garin Ivan
17 Joe Ed Kenny
18 Garin Bennett Zach J. Zach J.
19 Robby Zac C. Blake (AZ)
Garin
Tyler S.
20 Eazy Jay
21 Jay Brandon
22 Chasen Ivan Yosef
23 Demar Yosef Brandon
24 Ed AJ
Chris
Jeremy
Jordan M.
Mike
Page
Robby
Tyler C.
25 Yosef
26 Jordan C.
27 Zach J.
28 Brandon
29 Dale
30 Page
31 Tyler S.
The contestant received a first impression rose.
The contestant received a rose during the date.
The contestant received a rose during the cocktail party.
The contestant did not receive a rose during the date but was safe.
The contestant was eliminated.
The contestant was eliminated during the date.
The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony.
The contestant quit the competition.
The contestant won the competition.

Episodes[]

No. in season Title Original air date
1 "Week 1: Limo Arrivals" October 13, 2020
Clare Crawley will finally embark on her journey to find her soul mate as "The Bachelorette" returns for its sizzling 16th season on a new night. After putting Juan Pablo in his place on the memorable, 18th season finale of "The Bachelor", and gaining a new sense of resolve and self-worth, Clare is more than ready to put her romantic disappointments in the rearview mirror and start a wild ride to find her happily ever after.
2 "Week 2" October 20, 2020
Clare left no doubt the first night that she knew what she was looking for and let the men know it! Nine eager suitors get the opportunity to impress Clare as they learn how to communicate through the languages of love. Jason is the lucky bachelor to go on the first one-on-one date, but will he reveal some dark secrets from his youth and still be able to gain Clare's acceptance? Then things turn really intense when 10 men show off something totally different – competing in a revealing game of dodgeball. Clare's explosive moment with one suitor leads to an immediate reaction. Another bachelor, uncomfortable with the dodgeball competition, plans to confront Clare about her behavior as the drama is ratcheted up from the very start of her journey on "The Bachelorette".
3 "Week 3" October 27, 2020
Clare attempts to keep her journey to find everlasting love from careening off the rails this week. Yosef is particularly determined to confront the unsuspecting Bachelorette on a number of issues — only to have Clare heroically stand up to him. Former Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas pays a surprise visit to get the lowdown on Clare's guys. Things go awry when Clare decides to have an extended after-party with eight of the bachelors. Tensions mount when the men realize what is really going on. Zach J. is excited about his individual spa date with Clare, but his inability to relax might end in disaster. Comedy favorite Margaret Cho makes a special guest appearance to help some of the men prepare for a roast before a live audience, however, these suitors have something more devious in mind on "The Bachelorette".
4 "Clare Departs" November 5, 2020
Clare's romantic situation is close to the tipping point as 16 of her remaining men are hopelessly confused about where they stand with the Bachelorette. Chris Harrison pays Clare a visit and cautions her that her journey cannot continue on its current path, only to have her make a stunning revelation. Chris shares the startling news with the guys that the cocktail party and rose ceremony are canceled. A nervous Clare is about to embark on an unprecedented path to find her happy ending. Will she get her wish or will Dale, the man of her dreams, walk away? Will the other men be left with dashed hopes of a happily ever after with Clare?
5 "Tayshia Arrives" November 10, 2020
Tayshia Adams, a huge fan favorite from “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” has arrived to find the love of her life. Just when she is ready to begin her journey, another surprise arrives—more men are added to the 16 remaining bachelors who are excited to get to know her. The competition for Tayshia’s heart heats up, but one man is struggling with his enduring feelings for Clare. Clare and her fiancé, Dale, have a heart-to-heart chat with Chris Harrison as they try to explain the thunderbolt that hit both of them simultaneously. Brendan captures the first one-on-one date with Tayshia, but although he is eager to make a deeper connection, he is worried that baggage from a past relationship might put an end to his romantic prospects before the night is over.
6 "Week 4" November 17, 2020
It’s “game on!” when Ashley I. and Jared pay a special visit to Tayshia, running and judging a competition to test the strength and maturity of eight of her suitors. Who will win the coveted title, and who will struggle to the finish line? Dramatic faceoffs between the men prove a distraction, but the Bachelorette manages to squeeze in some romance. Refusing to give up, two hotheaded rivals try to pull Tayshia into the fray right before the rose ceremony. A group of the guys will be coached by former four-time Women’s Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Amy Dumas and current undefeated UFC fighter Tatiana Suarez through wrestling drills to prepare for a big match in front of the men not on the date. Fan-favorite Wells Adams calls the wild action with Chris Harrison. Who will fight for Tayshia’s heart and emerge victoriously? Finally, one smooth move will cement a bachelor’s status as public enemy number one with the other jealous men.
7 "Week 5" November 24, 2020
Seven men compete for the only one-on-one date by writing and performing a love song for Tayshia. Who will hit the right notes that speak to the Bachelorette’s heart? The winner of the musical competition opens up during an emotional conversation with Tayshia, and they may have more in common than they both realize. Former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin and Sydney Lotuaco from season 23 of “The Bachelor” visit Tayshia, helping her plan an outrageous game of Truth or Dare for six of the men. Ben and Ed separately decide to steal some extra time with the Bachelorette before the cocktail party to assess where they stand with her, leading to a hilarious outcome. But all hell breaks loose as Tayshia discovers what some men have been saying about her right before the rose ceremony.
8 "Week 6" December 1, 2020
An anxious Tayshia is experiencing something totally unexpected: She is having romantic feelings for multiple men. JoJo arrives to help Tayshia navigate her unsettling emotions, as well as fills in for Chris Harrison when he leaves to accompany his son to college. Tayshia and Zac C. dress up to capture some lovely wedding photos. He reveals himself to be a real survivor, surprising the Bachelorette and compelling her to see him in a different light. Ten men attend an art class in order to reveal themselves through their creative talent. Another man faces his fears as he and Tayshia go ghost hunting, but, even scarier, he admits his deep feelings for her. Finally, bitter rivals Noah and Bennett face the dreaded two-on-one date.
9 "Week 7" December 8, 2020
The drama rages on as Bennett and Noah continue to confront one another on the impromptu two-on-one date. JoJo ups the ante by explaining to the men that a rose this week will be their ticket to a hometown date and an opportunity to introduce Tayshia to their families. One man’s one-on-one date starts as a fun scavenger hunt but evolves into a more serious discussion when he shares a deeply emotional secret with the Bachelorette that he hasn’t revealed to anyone else. Honesty is at the top of Tayshia’s list for a soul mate, and she puts five men through a high-pressure lie detector date. After all the confessions, there is one more shocking surprise at the end of the night that might turn her journey upside down.
10 "The Men Tell All" December 14, 2020
Tayshia agonizes over which of the men’s families to meet for hometown dates, and Bennett’s bombshell return adds even more pressure to examine her emotions. Hoping to gain some clarity, Tayshia takes Blake to a crystal guru to have their crystals and chakras read. Overcome with emotion, she makes some gut-wrenching decisions about her remaining men, which reaches a turning point at a high-stakes cocktail party and rose ceremony. Then some of the most unforgettable men in this unprecedented season – including Demar, Ed, Jason, Kenny and Yosef – join Chris Harrison to look back at the romance, drama and heartbreak that had Bachelor Nation talking.
11 "Week 8: Hometowns" December 15, 2020
On the second explosive episode this week, Tayshia has made it through some extremely challenging weeks and now has four wonderful bachelors she cares about. Since she can’t travel to the men’s hometowns, they will need to be creative and bring the flavor and feeling of what her life would be like with them and their families.
12 "Week 9: Fantasy Suites" December 21, 2020
A two-night special event kicks off with Tayshia ready to take her relationships with Brendan, Ivan and Zac to the next level in the fantasy suites. One man, whom she saw a future with from the start, is suddenly anxious and reveals why to Tayshia. How will that affect their special night? But nothing could prepare her for the bombshell surprise that rocks her world and may put her happily ever after in jeopardy when one man she can’t forget returns. Former Bachelorettes JoJo Fletcher and Rachel Lindsay lend Tayshia their support and advice at crucial times.
13 "Week 10: Finale" December 22, 2020
After a shocking rose ceremony, Tayshia is excited to introduce the remaining bachelors to her family. Will the men win over her family? Her father voices concerns that she might make a big mistake. When proposal day arrives, Tayshia is so overcome with emotion that not even Chris Harrison can read her tears. Will Tayshia bravely step into the future she has been dreaming of or will she be too scared of repeating her past?

Where are they now?[]

Clare Crawley and Dale Moss announced their split on January 19, 2021. They are reconciled in May 2021. They broke up for good in September 2021.

Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark announced their split on November 22, 2021.

The Rings[]

Promotional gallery[]

Tayshia[]

The Men (Tayshia)[]

Clare[]

The Men (Clare)[]

References[]

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