With the casting of Clare Crawley as Bachelorette, and a few false starts along the way, it now finally seems like The Bachelor franchise is changing course from its increasingly younger crop of contestants. With a 39-year-old as the star, everyone is getting excited for the upcoming season to focus more on maturity, family, and people who had more than one relationship under their belt.
Granted, when ABC first released its list of suitors before Bachelorette season 16 filming was halted due to the coronavirus, the men skewed younger (one was 23). But now that the new hopefuls have been announced and the majority are over 30, many fans (host Chris Harrison included) feel better about the 42 — yes, you read that right — men who will be appearing on Clare's season.
Twenty-six out of 42 of the men are 30 or over. The youngest, Noah, is 26, and the oldest, Jeremy, is 40. This is good news for the Bachelorette, because Clare once threw some shade at the young contestants who were part of Peter Weber's season of The Bachelor, telling Good Morning America, "I feel like I could be their mom."
Ahead are the (seemingly) grown-ass men competing for Clare Crawley's heart.