The Bachelorette 2020 — everything you need to know

The Bachelorette 2020: Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams
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Are you ready for The Bachelorette 2020? It may be the Most. Dramatic. Season. Ever — for real this time! Yes, it's time to watch The Bachelorette 2020 online. Reality Steve has released a ton of new Bachelorette spoilers about Clare Crawley (and second Bachelorette Tayshia Adams). The premiere episode will introduce the 31 suitors who will be vying for Clare's heart — but if the leaks are to be believed, one of them quickly steals it.

The Bachelorette 2020 is finally coming to television months late, after filming on season 16 was delayed to the coronavirus pandemic. Production resumed in a quarantine bubble in July, but that was followed by the shocking news that Clare was replaced by Tayshia Adams as the lead.

Multiple media outlets and Reality Steve confirmed that Clare stepped down as the Bachelorette lead after falling in love with one of her contestants, Dale Moss. Tayshia was brought into the bubble to take her place in giving out roses. 

So, it looks like we're getting two Bachelorettes in one season. Here's everything you need to know about Clare and Tayshia's journeys of love. Plus, watch Clare's "Respect" promo below:

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The Bachelorette 2020 release date: When is it coming out? 

ABC announced that The Bachelorette season 16 will premiere Tuesday, October 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

Usually, the Bachelor/ette shows air on Mondays, but in the fall, that slot is taken up by Dancing With the Stars.

Despite all the lead-switching drama, The Bachelorette season premiere episode is likely to be like all the ones before it: Clare will meet all of the contestants and  spend time talking to them (maybe even kissing some). A few of the men will behave like idiots, she'll give out a first impression rose and then cut a handful of guys from the cast. 

We can't even begin to guess how Tayshia will be brought in or meet the contestants who will vie for her heart.

How did The Bachelorette 2020 replace Clare with Tayshia?

The Bachelorette 2020 has been an insane roller coaster ride.  Clare was announced as the lead on Good Morning America on March 2. At 39, she was set to be the franchise's oldest lead ever. 

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The potential contestants vying for her heart were revealed on March 11. Filming was due to begin a couple of weeks later, but was delayed due to the pandemic. ABC decided to take the opportunity to find older men for her (some of the previous cast members were as young as 23). Later, ABC decided to announce to make one of those initial cast members, Matt James, The Bachelor 2021 the first Black Bachelor.

On July 15, ABC unveiled the second wave of potential Bachelorette cast members. Season 16 production resumed soon after, with Clare and her suitors isolated together in a Palm Springs resort. All cast and crew members had to live on-site. 

Then came rumors that Clare was out as the lead. They were first posted to Reddit and further fuel was added to the fire by an Us Weekly report that several back-up contestants (who didn't make the main cast) had been called to see if they'll join the season. Bachelor spoilers king Reality Steve tweeted there is "some serious validity" to the reports. On Aug. 3, People confirmed the news. 

There are other rumors floating around as to the identity of the contestant that Clare fell in love with. More on that spoiler below!

It seems that one of those initial contestants from March 11 reached out to Clare during the hiatus. People reports, "One of her potential guys found a way to get in touch with her and they began talking. By the time filming officially began, they were basically already in love. No one else stood a chance. It just became so obvious from her subsequent few dates that her heart wasn’t in it and she just wasn’t feeling it. Then she said she wanted out."

The show had to scramble, calling some of the potential contestants (and likely the men eliminated by Clare in early rounds) to see if they wanted to be part of Tayshia's cast.

"Tayshia was game and ready to go," a Bachelorette insider told People. "What remains to be seen is if more men will be brought in now to give Tayshia a full roster of suitors."

Another source notes that "because of quarantine, it’s not as simple as just starting over." They added, "Everyone is being tested and contained within this bubble so anyone coming from the 'outside' is potentially a problem. So that still needs to be fully resolved at this point in terms of Tayshia’s suitors."

However, Reality Steve, king of Bachelor spoilers, believes that this replacement twist was the producers' plan all along. 

In his Bachelorette 2020 spoiler post, he wrote, "This was in productions plan before Clare’s season started. They knew Clare would be removed at some point during this season and replaced as the Bachelorette by Tayshia. Did Clare know? No. Did the guys know? No. But production sure as hell did."

While ABC hasn't officially confirmed Tayshia has replaced Clare, they did post a cryptic teaser that features a mysterious silhouetted woman:

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The Bachelorette 2020: Who is Clare Crawley?

The Bachelor/Bachelorette usually, but doesn't always, choose a lead from the previous season's cast. But instead of choosing one of the women from Peter Weber's Bachelor season, the show selected Clare Crawley. 

Clare first appeared on The Bachelor in 2014. That was The Bachelor season 18 and featured lead Juan Pablo Galavis. Clare infamously went on very steamy nighttime swim with Juan Pablo, which he later said he regretted.

She went on to become one of the final two women. But Juan Pablo didn't propose to Clare or to the other finalist, Nikki Ferrell (he did give Nikki his final rose; they did not stay together for long). 

Clare very famously delivered a couple of brutal lines to Juan Pablo while he was breaking up with her. First, she told him, "I lost respect for you." Then she capped off her speech by saying, "I thought I knew what kind of man you were. What you just made me go through, I would never want my children having a father like you." Burn!

Clare then joined Bachelor in Paradise season 1, which aired in the summer of 2014. She hit it off with Zack Kalter, but their romance never quite took off.

She returned to Bachelor in Paradise for season 2 in 2015, but also did not find love. Clare announced her "retirement" from the Bachelor franchise.

But she wasn't gone for long. In 2018, Clare signed up for The Bachelor Winter Games. She connected with Benoit Beausejour-Savard, but also developed feelings for Christian Rauch. During the finale special, Clare revealed that she and Benoit had reconnected after the Winter Games. Benoit then proposed to Clare and she accepted. Sadly, Clare and Benoit ended their engagement a few months later.

Now, Clare is getting another chance to find love as The Bachelorette. While her age (38) may be perceived negatively by some, Clare told Good Morning America, "It just is more years under my belt, more learning and knowing what I want, what I don’t want and what I won’t settle for."

The Bachelorette 2020: Who is Tayshia Adams?

Tayshia Adams was a finalist on Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor. Afterward, she was a cast member on Bachelor in Paradise season 6, where she began dating John Paul Jones. They eventually broke up. 

Originally from Newport Beach, California, she's a former phlebotomist who currently works at an interior design firm. 

As the new Bachelorette for season 16, Tayshia is the second Black person to lead a show, after Rachel Lindsay. 

The Bachelorette contestants: Who's in the Bachelorette cast?

Host Chris Harrison unveiled the 31 Bachelorette 2020 cast members in a live event on Sept. 29.

Here are the men who will compete for roses handed out by Clare (and maybe Tayshia):

  • AJ, 28, a software salesman from Playa del Rey, California
  • Ben, 29, an Army Ranger veteran from Venice, California
  • Bennett, 36, a wealth management consultant from New York City
  • Blake Monar, 31, a male grooming specialist from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Blake Moynes, 29, a wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Brandon, 28, a real estate agent from Cleveland, Ohio
  • Brendan, 30, a commercial roofer from Milford, Massachusetts
  • Chasen, 31, an IT account executive from San Diego, California
  • Chris, 27, a landscape design salesman from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dale, 31, a former pro football receiver from Brandon, South Dakota
  • Demar, 26, a spin cycling instructor from Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Eazy, 29, a sports marketing agent from Newport Beach, California
  • Ed, 36, a health care salesman from Miami, Florida
  • Garin, 34, a professor of journalism from North Hollywood, California
  • Ivan, 28, an aeronautical engineer from Dallas, Texas
  • Jason, 31, a former pro football lineman from Arlington, Virginia
  • Jay, 30, a fitness director from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Jeremy, 40, a banker from Washington, D.C.
  • Joe, 36, an anesthesiologist from New York City
  • Jordan C., 26, a software account executive from New York City
  • Jordan M., 30, a cyber security engineer from Santa Monica, California
  • Kenny, 39, a boy band manager from Chicago, Illinois
  • Mike, 38, a digital media adviser from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Page, 37, a chef from Austin, Texas
  • Riley, 30, an attorney from Long Island City, New York
  • Robby, 31, an insurance broker from Tampa, Florida
  • Tyler C., 27, a lawyer from Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Tyler S., 36, a music manager from Georgetown, Texas
  • Yosef, 30, a medical device salesman from Daphne, Alabama
  • Zac C., 36, an addiction specialist from Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Zach J., 37, a cleaning service owner from St. George, Utah.

The Bachelorette 2020 cast has experienced its own roller coaster ride this year. Back in March, ABC shared the preliminary list of Bachelorette contestants, including the names, ages and photos for 32 suitors, who ranged from 23 to 42 years old.

One happened to be 28-year-old Matt James. He is best friends with Tyler Cameron, a contestant on The Bachelorette 2019 and Hannah Brown's runner-up.

However, when the pandemic shut down production, ABC decided to go back to the casting drawing board. When the initial contestant list had come out, fans had criticized the lineup as far too young (and probably immature) for Clare. So, the delay allowed ABC to issue a new casting call, specifically to find older men for Clare.

In July, ABC revealed a new list of 42 potential contestants. The group included 17 men from the original cast list, plus 25 new names. They ranged in age from 25 to 40. 

From those 42, the show selected 31. Of those, we (and they) already know what kind of man Clare will choose.

"I want a man that will take off his armor," she said on Good Morning America. "I want a man that is strong but is willing to take off the body armor, open themselves up and be vulnerable I think that is some serious strength right there."

"The biggest thing for me is, honestly, it’s all what’s on the inside for me,” she added. “The outside, if you line up all the guys I’ve dated in the past, there’s no one type physically. It’s more if they go out of their way for me, if they make me feel special. This is about me now. I’m ready for it."

The Bachelorette spoilers

Clare steps down as lead of The Bachelorette because she falls in love ... but with whom? Multiple media outlets reported that the man is Dale Moss, a 31-year-old former professional football player. Reality Steve, the king of Bachelor spoilers, noted that Dale received Clare's first impression rose. 

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Dale also models for brands like Under Armour, Hugo Boss, Express, and United Airlines. And he is a global ambassador for the Special Olympics. While his Instagram  and social media accounts have gone private, you can still watch his YouTube videos, like this one:

Reality Steve also said, "I do know they’re still together, and probably engaged. Do I know for a fact they’re engaged? No. But I assume they are based on things I’ve heard."

As for Tayshia's journey, Reality Steve tweeted, "You’re probably gonna be surprised when you see the names of the few remaining men on Tayshia’s season." He also reported that friends and family of the contestants are being brought into the quarantine bubble. 

In his spoilers post, Reality Steve says that 16 of Clare's suitors remain for Tayshia and at least four new ones are brought in. He also leaked Tayshia's final four: Ben Smith, Zac Clark, Brendan Morais and Ivan Hall. 

But who does she end up with? Maybe nobody. Steve also reported, "Yet another thing I’ve heard about Tayshia’s season is that it was, well, 'messy.' I do not think we had a normal ending with Tayshia’s season."

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.