The logo for the 6th season of The Bachelorette
|Format||Competitive reality show |
|Starring||Chris Harrison (host) |
List of Bachelorettes section
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||98 (approx) (As of August 5, 2013)|
|Executive producer(s)||Elan Gale|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Next Entertainment |
Warner Horizon Television
|Original run||January 8, 2003 – February 28, 2005|
May 19, 2008 – present
|Related shows||The Bachelor |
The Bachelorette is a spin-off from the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In its January 2003 debut on ABC, the first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date from the first season of The Bachelor, offering the opportunity for Rehn to choose a husband among 25 bachelors. The 2004 season of The Bachelorette again took a runner-up from the previous season of The Bachelor. After last airing on February 28, 2005, the series returned to ABC during the spring of 2008, following an absence of three years.
All of the rules are adopted from its parent show, The Bachelor. The series revolves around a single bachelorette (deemed eligible) and a pool of romantic interests (typically 25; 30 in season 5), which could include a potential husband for the bachelorette. The format is the same as the parent show. Unlike The Bachelor, one of two male suitors proposes to the bachelorette for the final selection.
Unlike The Bachelor, all eight seasons of The Bachelorette have ended with a proposal whether or not the Bachelorette decided to accept or decline. Trista Rehn's marriage to Ryan Sutter and Ashley Hebert's marriage to JP Rosenbaum have been the only marriages to result.
Questions of authenticity
Mike Fleiss, creator of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, as well as former contestants, have come forth saying that both shows are scripted. The Bachelorette Season 4 winner, Jesse Csincsak, commented that contestants must follow producers' orders and that a storyline was fabricated in the editing room.
Season 13 contestant Megan Parris said in 2009 that the producers edited footage to create a false storyline. "I don't think [the producers] showed any real conversation I had with anyone... The viewers fail to realize that editing is what makes the show... You'll hear someone make one comment and then they'll show a clip of somebody's face to make it look like that is their facial reaction to that statement, but really, somebody made that face the day before to something else. It's just piecing things together to make a story." Parris said not only is the show scripted, but that producers "bully" contestants into saying specific things to the camera that the contestants do not want to say. She said, "There's nothing real about [the "confessionals," in which contestants talk to the camera about the latest goings-on]. It is scripted. They basically will call you names, berate you, curse at you until they get you to say what they want you to say.
On March 15, 2010 The Bachelorette creator Mike Fleiss appeared on 20/20 to confess that he developed the show's contestants into characters that catered to his audience's tastes, and that they "need [their] fair share of villains every season." Fleiss has come under fire for admitting that The Bachelor has less to do with reality than it does making good television.
By Season 7 of The Bachelorette, some believe that actors were being hired by ABC to play specific roles on the show. Some viewers were becoming tired of the show's scripted nature and speaking out. By Season 8 there were numerous complaints when the entire cast of The Bachelorette overtly acted out the show's written script with the cast of The Muppets.
- Season 1 (2003)
- Trista Rehn, the runner-up of the first season of The Bachelor, who was sent home by Alex Michel over winner Amanda Marsh. Rehn selected Ryan Sutter in the season finale, and the broadcast of the finale was one of the most-watched programs in the history of reality television. They are still married and have two children together. Contestant Bob Guiney was chosen to be the Bachelor in season four of The Bachelor.
- Season 2 (2004)
- Meredith Phillips, who was sent home by bachelor Bob Guiney during hometown dates, chose Ian Mckee. However, they ended their relationship in February 2005.
- Season 3 (2005)
- Jennifer Schefft, selected by Andrew Firestone in season three of The Bachelor, got a second chance at love, after her relationship with Firestone ended, in The Bachelorette's third season. The season was filmed in New York City instead of Los Angeles. She chose Jerry Ferris, an art gallery director, over fellow finalist John Paul Merritt in a first live, final rose ceremony. During this last episode, Jerry proposed to Jen. She rejected his proposal, however, stating that the chemistry was not there. Schefft went on to find love away from reality TV, marrying Chicago public relations executive Joe Waterman in May 2009. They have two children: Mae Elizabeth, born November 13, 2010. and Charlotte Grace, born July 31, 2012.
- Season 4 (2008)
- DeAnna Pappas, who first appeared in season eleven of The Bachelor, and was rejected by bachelor Brad Womack in his first season, chose Jesse Csincsak over Jason Mesnick. They were set to wed on May 9, 2009, but the couple announced their break-up in November 2008. Runner-up Jason Mesnick was chosen as the next Bachelor in season 13 of The Bachelor, as a single father looking for a third chance at love, Pappas made a surprise return. Like her predecessor, Pappas also went on to find love away from reality television, marrying high school teacher, Stephen Stagliano (related to former Bachelorette contestant; see below) in October 2011. The couple is expecting their first child, due February 2014.
- Season 5 (2009)
- Jillian Harris, who was eliminated by bachelor Jason Mesnick in season thirteen of The Bachelor, was the fifth bachelorette. She is also the first non-American bachelorette, as she is from Canada. The fifth season premiered on May 18, 2009. On the season finale, Jillian received a proposal from Ed Swiderski. A supplement to the finale, "After The Final Rose", aired on Tuesday, July 28. However, they ended their relationship in July 2010. Contestant Jake Pavelka was chosen to be the next Bachelor.
- Season 6 (2010)
- Ali Fedotowsky, who walked away from bachelor Jake Pavelka in season 14 of The Bachelor, was the sixth bachelorette. The season premiered on May 24, 2010. Ali, who let contestant Chris Lambton go the day before the Final Rose Ceremony, chose Roberto Martinez in the finale, but the couple broke up in November 2011.
- Season 7 (2011)
- Ashley Hebert, who was rejected by bachelor Brad Womack in season 15 of The Bachelor, was the seventh bachelorette. The season premiered on May 23, 2011. The season concluded with Ashley choosing J.P. Rosenbaum as her fiance. The couple got married on December 1, 2012. Runner-up Ben Flajnik was chosen to be the next Bachelor.
- Season 8 (2012)
- Emily Maynard, chosen by bachelor Brad Womack, also in season 15 of The Bachelor, got a second chance at love, after her relationship with Womack ended, on the eighth season of The Bachelorette. Maynard is the second Bachelor winner to star in The Bachelorette after Jen Schefft. In addition, the production temporarily moved from Los Angeles to Maynard's hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina so that Emily could stay with her daughter Ricki during production. The season premiered on May 14, 2012. Emily let contestant Arie Luyendyk, Jr. go the day before the Final Rose Ceremony, and chose Jef Holm as her fiance at the final rose ceremony. The couple broke up in October 2012. Second runner-up Sean Lowe was chosen as the next Bachelor.
- Season 9 (2013)
- Desiree Hartsock, who was sent home after the hometown dates by Sean Lowe in season 17 of The Bachelor, was the ninth Bachelorette. The season premiere was on May 27, 2013. Desiree let contestant Drew Kenney go before the Final Rose Ceremony, and chose Chris Siegfried as her fiance. Contestant and former professional soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis was chosen to be the next Bachelor.
| ||January 8, 2003||Trista Rehn||Physical therapist||Ryan Sutter||Charlie Maher||Yes||Rehn and Sutter were married in December 2003 on national television; as of 2013, they are still together and have two children. Contestant Bob Guiney was featured on fourth season of The Bachelor. Rehn was also one of 6 contestants on the first season of Dancing with the Stars.|
| ||January 14, 2004||Meredith Phillips||Makeup artist||Ian Mckee||Matthew Hickl||Yes||Phillips and McKee were engaged at the end of the show, but ended their relationship in February 2005.|
| ||January 10, 2005||Jennifer Schefft||Publicist||None||Jerry Ferris and John Paul Merritt||No||Schefft rejected all bachelors.|
| ||May 19, 2008||DeAnna Pappas||Real estate agent||Jesse Csincsak||Jason Mesnick||Yes||The wedding was set for May 9, 2009, but they broke up in November 2008. Runner-up Mesnick was featured on the 13th season of The Bachelor. Csincsak is now married to The Bachelor season 13 contestant Ann Lueders. Pappas is now married to Stephen Stagliano, whose brother, Michael, was a contestant on the fifth season of The Bachelorette (see below). Finalist Graham Bunn became a contestant on the second season of Bachelor Pad. Another finalist Ryan Hoag became a contestant on the third season of Bachelor Pad.|
| ||May 18, 2009||Jillian Harris||Interior designer||Ed Swiderski||Kiptyn Locke||Yes||In July 2010, it was announced that the two had broken up. Contestant Jake Pavelka was featured on the 14th season of The Bachelor. Runner-up Locke, along with finalists Juan Barbieri, Wes Hayden, Jesse Kovacs and David Good, became contestants on the first season of Bachelor Pad. During their first season of Bachelor Pad, Locke fell in love with Tenley Molzahn from Pavelka's season until they broke up in March 2013. Harris was a design team member of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition until its series end in 2012 and is scheduled to host of Canada's Handyman Challenge in HGTV. Finalist John Presser is now married to Tara Durr, who was a contestant in The Bachelor: Rome. Michael Stagliano became a contestant on the second season of Bachelor Pad along with Pavelka. Another finalist Julien Hug died on November 3, 2010. Stagliano would later return for the third season of Bachelor Pad along with winner Swiderski and another finalist Reid Rosenthal.|
| ||May 24, 2010||Ali Fedotowsky||Advertising account manager||Roberto Martinez||Chris Lambton||Yes||They broke up in November 2011 but remained friends. Finalists Jonathan Novack (referred to as Weatherman in the show), Craig McKinnon and Jesse Beck became contestants on the first season of Bachelor Pad. Finalists Kasey Kahl, Justin Rego (referred to as The Wrestler in the show) and Kirk DeWindt became contestants on the second season of Bachelor Pad. Runner-up Lambton is now married to Peyton Wright, who was a contestant on the 10th season of The Bachelor. Ty Brown is currently engaged to Elizabeth Kitt from the 14th season of The Bachelor.|
| ||May 23, 2011||Ashley Hebert||Dental student||J.P. Rosenbaum||Ben Flajnik||Yes||Hebert and Rosebaum got married on December 1, 2012 and their wedding aired as a TV Special on December 16, 2012. Finalists Ames Brown, Blake Julian and William Holman became contestants on the second season of Bachelor Pad. Runner-up Flajnik was featured on the 16th season of The Bachelor. Finalist Blake Julian is currently married to Holly Durst from The Bachelor season 12 whom he met on Bachelor Pad 2. Finalist Nick Peterson became a contestant and the winner on the third season of Bachelor Pad.|
| ||May 14, 2012||Emily Maynard||Children's hospital event planner||Jef Holm||Arie Luyendyk, Jr.||Yes||Maynard and Holm ended their relationship in October 2012. Finalists Tony Pieper, Chris Bukowski and Kalon McMahon became contestants on the third season of Bachelor Pad. Third-place finalist Sean Lowe was featured on the 17th season of The Bachelor.|
| ||May 27, 2013||Desiree Hartsock||Bridal stylist||Chris Siegfried||Drew Kenney||Yes||Hartsock and Siegfried are still engaged as of August 5, 2013. Contestant Juan Pablo Galavis will be featured on the 18th season of The Bachelor. Chris and Desiree currently live in Seattle, Washington and plan to marry in the future.|
Misee Harris turned down an opportunity to be on The Bachelor because she did not want to be The Bachelor's "token black girl".  Harris started a social media campaign to become the first black Bachelorette, but as of August 2013 no announcements had been made by ABC for this to happen.
References in other shows
- In the cartoon Family Guy (7th Episode of the 4th Season, "Brian the Bachelor"), Brian is selected to become a contestant in The Bachelorette. He initially finds the show stupid and offensive, but ends up falling for Brooke the bachelorette (voiced by Jessica Biel) and is chosen by her, only to find out that she was an actress hired to play the bachelorette and that reality television is actually fake.
- In the cartoon South Park (6th Episode of the 6th Season, "Professor Chaos"), a contest with workings similar to The Bachelorette is held to determine who will be Stan, Kyle and Cartman's new friend since their old friend Kenny has died.
|Romania ||Burlăcița||Bianca Drăgușanu (Season 1)||Antena 1||July 7, 2011|
India The Indian Version aired on LifeOK in India
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