The Bachelor Biography
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The Bachelor is an American dating and relationship reality television series that debuted on March 25, 2002 on ABC. The show is hosted by Chris Harrison. The show’s success has resulted in several spin-offs including The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, and The Bachelor Winter Games.
The Bachelor Production
The series was created and produced by Edwin Fordwuo and directed by Kwame Attakora. The After The Final Rose and other reunion specials are produced at Victory Studios in Los Angeles, California.
The Bachelor Plot
The series revolves around a single bachelor who starts with a pool of romantic interests from whom he is expected to select a wife. During the course of the season, the bachelor eliminates candidates (see The elimination process), culminating in a marriage proposal to his final selection. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and the conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show.
The above description is a general guideline. In practice, the show does not always follow its designed structure, and those variations are often a source of drama and conflict. They may include, among other events:
A candidate who was eliminated returns to the show to plead her case to the bachelor.
A bachelor distributes more roses or fewer roses than planned.
A bachelor eliminates a woman outside of the normal elimination process. For example, the bachelor may eliminate both women on a two-on-one date.
The bachelor chooses to pursue a relationship with his final selection rather than propose marriage.
Season six was the first and only season to feature a twist in casting. Since producers could not decide between Byron Velvick and Jay Overbye as the next Bachelor, the 25 women at the time participating had to decide which bachelor would make the best husband. At the end of the first episode, Velvick was chosen.
Notable cases where the bachelor violated the premise of the show are Brad Womack, who selected neither of his final two women on his first season, and Jason Mesnick, who in the After the Final Rose episode broke off his engagement and several months later proposed (offscreen) to the first runner-up (the two are now married). Like Mesnick, Arie Luyendyk Jr. also broke off his engagement and during the After the Final Rose episode proposed to the first runner-up, to whom he is now married.
The Bachelor Setting
For the first two weeks of filming, the contestants stay in “Villa De La Vina,” a 7,590-square-foot (705 m2), six-bedroom, nine-bath home in Agoura Hills, California. The custom home, built in 2005, is located on 10 acres at 2351 Kanan Road and it is owned by Marshall Haraden. As of October 10, 2008, the home was listed for sale at a price of US$8.75 million.
The final third of the episodes within a season are filmed traveling the world. Episodes have been filmed throughout the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, and Korea to name just a few. The Agoura Hills, California mansion became the primary residence for the contestants since the eleventh season though it was not used in seasons eight and nine, where they mainly shot in Paris and Rome, respectively
The Bachelor Episodes
|#||Original run||Bachelor||Winner||Runner(s)-up||Proposal||Still together||Relationship notes|
|1||March 25–April 25, 2002||Alex Michel||Amanda Marsh||Trista Rehn||No||No||Michel did not propose to Marsh, but instead they entered into a relationship. Marsh and Michel broke up after several months.|
|2||September 25–November 20, 2002||Aaron Buerge||Helene Eksterowicz||Brooke Smith||Yes||No||Buerge and Eksterowicz broke up after several weeks.|
|3||March 24–May 21, 2003||Andrew Firestone||Jen Schefft||Kirsten Buschbacher||Yes||No||Schefft and Firestone broke up after several months.|
|4||September 24–November 20, 2003||Bob Guiney||Estella Gardinier||Kelly Jo Kuharski||No||No||Guiney did not propose to Gardinier, but she accepted a promise ring indicating that they would still date. They broke up shortly after the show aired.|
|5||April 7–May 26, 2004||Jesse Palmer||Jessica Bowlin||Tara Huckeby||No||No||Palmer did not propose to Bowlin. They continued to date but broke up several weeks later.|
|6||September 22–November 24, 2004||Byron Velvick||Mary Delgado||Tanya Michel||Yes||No||Velvick and Jay Overbye started as two candidate bachelors. The women competing had to vote on which man they would like to be the bachelor. Velvick ended up winning the vote. Velvick and Delgado split after five years.|
|7||March 28–May 16, 2005||Charlie O’Connell||Sarah Brice||Krisily Kennedy||No||No||O’Connell chose Brice and did not propose but instead began a relationship. They broke up in September 2007 but got back together in 2008. However, they called it quits again in 2010.|
|8||January 9–February 27, 2006||Travis Lane Stork||Sarah Stone||Moana Dixon||No||No||Stork did not propose to Stone but instead began a relationship. They broke up shortly after the show aired.|
|9||October 2–November 27, 2006||Lorenzo Borghese||Jennifer Wilson||Sadie Murray||No||No||Borghese did not propose to Wilson. They began a relationship but broke up in January 2007. He then dated Murray, the runner-up but broke up in March of that same year.|
|10||April 2–May 22, 2007||Andrew Baldwin||Tessa Horst||Bevin Nicole Powers||Yes||No||Horst and Baldwin called off their engagement one month after the finale but continued their relationship. They broke off the relationship in September 2007.|
|11||September 24–November 20, 2007||Brad Womack||N/A||Jenni Croft||No||No||Womack chose Croft and Pappas as the two finalists, but they were both rejected in the season’s finale.|
|12||March 17–May 12, 2008||Matt Grant||Shayne Lamas||Chelsea Wanstrath||Yes||No||Grant and Lamas broke up in July 2008.|
|13||January 5–March 3, 2009||Jason Mesnick||Melissa Rycroft||Molly Malaney||Yes||Yes/No[a]||On the season’s finale, Mesnick had called off the engagement with Rycroft and resumed a relationship with runner-up Malaney. Mesnick later proposed to Malaney in New Zealand, which she accepted and were married on February 27, 2010, in California. Mesnick and Malaney’s wedding aired on ABC on March 8, 2010. The couple have their daughter Riley Anne (born 2013).|
|14||January 4–March 1, 2010||Jake Pavelka||Vienna Girardi||Tenley Molzahn||Yes||No||Pavelka and Girardi ended their relationship in June 2010.|
|15||January 3–March 14, 2011||Brad Womack||Emily Maynard||Chantal O’Brien||Yes||No||Womack and Maynard broke up while their season was airing but got back together after the show’s finale. However, they called it quits for good in May 2011.|
|16||January 2–March 12, 2012||Ben Flajnik||Courtney Robertson||Lindzi Cox||Yes||No||Flajnik and Robertson originally broke up in February 2012 while their season was airing. However, they were later reconciled and got engaged for the second time but broke up again in October 2012 for good.|
|17||January 7–March 11, 2013||Sean Lowe||Catherine Giudici||Lindsay Yenter||Yes||Yes||Lowe and Giudici married on January 26, 2014. They have two children together, Samuel Thomas (born 2016) and Isaiah Hendrix (born 2018).|
|18||January 6–March 10, 2014||Juan Pablo Galavis||Nikki Ferrell||Clare Crawley||No||No||Galavis did not propose to Ferrell but instead they decided to continue their relationship. They later appeared on Couples Therapy. In October 2014, they decided to end their relationship.|
|19||January 5–March 9, 2015||Chris Soules||Whitney Bischoff||Becca Tilley||Yes||No||Soules and Bischoff announced their break-up on May 28, 2015.|
|20||January 4–March 14, 2016||Ben Higgins||Lauren Bushnell||JoJo Fletcher||Yes||No||Higgins and Bushnell had their own reality show Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?. The two announced their breakup on May 15, 2017.|
|21||January 2–March 13, 2017||Nick Viall||Vanessa Grimaldi||Raven Gates||Yes||No||Viall and Grimaldi announced their breakup on August 25, 2017.|
|22||January 1–March 6, 2018||Arie Luyendyk Jr.||Becca Kufrin||Lauren Burnham||Yes||Yes/No[b]||On the live season finale, it was revealed that a few weeks after filming wrapped, Luyendyk had quickly called off his engagement to Kufrin and started dating runner-up Burnham. The two got engaged during the After the Final Rose special and were married on January 12, 2019. On May 29, 2019, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, Alessi Ren.|
|23||January 7–March 12, 2019||Colton Underwood||Cassie Randolph||Hannah Godwin||No||Yes||Randolph initially broke up with Underwood at final three. Underwood then broke up with the remaining two women and asked Randolph to give him a second chance, to which she agreed. The two are still together as of September 2019.|
|24||January 6, 2020||Peter Weber||To be announced|
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