After rejecting “Bachelorette”, a resident of Lake Saint Louis will be “The Bachelor” | the television

If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

It’s an attitude that serves equally well whether you’re on a college tour being signed by the NFL team or you’re looking for love on reality TV.

ABC has announced that Clayton Echard, who lives with his family in Lake St. Louis and was excluded from “The Bachelorette” romance competition last week, will be the featured bachelorette on the upcoming season of “The Bachelor,” which begins January 3.

Echard, 28, was raised in Eureka, where he played soccer at Eureka High School. Although he was not initially offered a scholarship, he was awarded a place on the team at the University of Missouri. After college, he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks, but was cut from the team before the season started. Film crews were seen at Eureka this fall, leading some to speculate that they were filming “The Bachelor.”

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Now a medical equipment salesperson, he was one of the eligible contestants hoping to win the hand of teacher Michelle Young on the current season of “The Bachelor,” which began in October.

Nick Vanette, Ben Landry, Clayton Echard

Seattle Seahawks’ Nick Vanette, second from the right, runs under a pillow as Ben Landry (82) and Clayton Echard (83) look on during an NFL junior football practice on Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Renton, Washington ( AP Photo/Ellen Thompson)

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Young didn’t give him the importance of staying in the competition that went up last week, saying that although he “exactly checked every box of all the qualities I look for in a person,” she turned him down because he wasn’t ready to meet his family’s demand for the next episode. But her students fell in love with Echard, writing him notes telling him they knew he would find love and be a wonderful father.


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