After 25 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette — and countless breakups — you would think skeptical audiences would give up on watching beautiful people find love on television. But, following high ratings for Sean Lowe's Bachelor season, ABC has announced a 26th season. On Monday night duringThe Bachelor: After The Final Rose, fourth runner-up Desiree Hartsock was announced as the star of The Bachelorette.
While Desiree has experience competing on the reality dating series, she now must cope with life off the sidelines and into the spotlight. So what can she learn from previous Bachelorette? Here's a list of eight lessons Desiree can learn from those looking for love before her.
Eight Lessons for the New Bachelorette:
Trista Sutter (Season 1): Make It Last. If you are a fan of The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, then you know that it's rare for a couple to make it down the aisle. Out of 25 seasons, only two couples have tied the knot: Trista and Ryan Sutter and Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum. Sutter, however, is the poster child of Bachelor franchise success — the reality star and her husband, who have been together since they met in 2003, have two children together. (Ashley and J.P., married in 2012, have a long way to go.) Desiree, please try to join the married few.
Meredith Phillips (Season 2): Be Remembered. You are probably wondering who, in fact, Phillips is. For those with shoddy memories, Phillips starred as The Bachelorette back in 2004 — only nine years ago. So why don't we remember her? Unlike the cast of characters normally who are associated with this franchise, Phillips didn't chase fame or give the tabloids reason to print stories about her. And since going on The Bachelorette, all she has done is participate in a 20/20 special in 2010 and come out with a cookbook. So Desiree, if you want a reality TV future, get the drama started now.
Jennifer Schefft (Season 3): Don't Settle. Jen may have found love on The Bachelor with Andrew Firestone. But after a short realtionship, the two split and Jen went on to star as The Bachelorette. At the end of her season, Jen turned down two proposals, leaving the show single. If it doesn't feel right (or if it leads to a reality TV-friendly shocking moment), then move on.
DeAnna Pappas (Season 4): Don't Let the Good One Get Away. Pappas dumped one of America's favorite Bachelor men: Jason Mesnick, a single dad with a heartwrenching backstory. While Pappas broke Mesnick's heart, he went on to star on the next season of The Bachelor. Now, he is happily married to someone else with another baby on the way. Don't invite the ire of Bachelor audiences by letting the good guy go, Des.
Jillian Harris (Season 5): Make Reality TV a Career. Harris found love and a career on reality TV. Not only did she participate in The Bachelorette (and The Bachelor before that), but she parlayed those appearances into a job with a Canadian home design show, Love It or List It Vancouver, and is featured as a designer on ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
Ali Fedotowsky (Season 6): Let the Bad Ones Get Away. Those who tuned into Ali's season may recall Justin Rego, a contestant who Fedotowsky discovered had a girlfriend back home. He also happened to be on crutches, which made his mad dash out the door hilarious.
Ashley Hebert (Season 7): Let Us Say It Again: Let the Bad Ones Get Away. Hebert may be married to her Bachelor boyfriend Rosenbaum now, but there was a time when she fell hard for bad boy Bentley Williams, the most hated Bachelor villain of all time. (Yes, he's even more heinous than Courtney Robertson and Tierra LiCausi.) When not whispering sweet nothings into Hebert's ear, Williams would insult the Bachelorette in front of the cameras. (Exhibit A: "I came in thinking that Ashley was not attractive at all. I'm not feeling it. ... I'm gonna make Ashley cry.") Note to Desiree: Keep these villains around for a few episodes to keep us entertained, but then drop them like he's hot, regardless of how hot he is.
Emily Maynard (Season 8): Make ABC Give Into Your Every Demand. ABC knew they wanted Maynard to be The Bachelorette and Maynard knew that she wanted it to happen her way. So instead of heading to Los Angeles to film the first few episodes, she made ABC travel to Charlotte, N.C. for production so her daughter's life wouldn't be disrupted. (Now, if only the reality show didn't end up doing that precise thing anyway.)
Season 9 of The Bachelorette premieres on ABC this May!
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On Sunday night, Emily Maynard spurned Arie Luyendyk Jr. after choosing — and eventually getting engaged to — Jef Holm. Of course, the contestant didn't go out without a fight — or, at least, a savvy public relations move. Not only were audience members invited to sympathize with Luyendyk after watching Maynard publicly cut ties on The Bachelorette finale, but he also was given the opportunity to confront the Bachelorette again during the live After The Final Rose special.
Ardent Bachelor fans might have found the scene familiar. Just last summer, after Bachelorette Ashley Hebert dumped Ben Flajnik, we watched his tearful confrontation with her during the After the Final Rose. But we couldn't completely pity the rejected contestant. After all, Flajnik became The Bachelor. But is ABC planning to groom Maynard's sloppy seconds to become the next Bachelor, just like they did with Ben? Or will the network opt for a different — and perhaps more surprising — choice? And how does the network even choose the next Bachelor? Former Bachelorette winner Jesse Csincsak weighs in on the secrets of the network's selection process, and helps us evaluate the odds. Arie Luyendyk, Jr.
The spurned contestant seems like he would be a good fit (those sappy journal entries!), but based on his career path, Csincsak thinks the race car driver isn't ABC's front-runner for the post. "Arie is almost the perfect candidate because he's got the career already," Csincsak tells Hollywood.com. "He could do a lot for his career as a race car driver by making himself a household name, sponsor-wise, than any of these other guys. [But] the network probably knows that and that's probably why he's not at the top of their list. They will probably go with these other guys who potentially don't have the money to be made off of it like [Luyendyk] does." Like, for example... Roberto Martinez Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky's ex-fiance Roberto Martinez may actually have a leg up on Luyendyk, despite his absence from ABC's rose-filled reality series since he walked away engaged to Fedotowsky in 2010. "Roberto would be good because that guy is legit — he is really there for love," Csincsak says. "I'm not saying Arie and the others aren't — but, he's always been this down-to-earth, normal guy. That's why I think he would make such a good Bachelor."
But what if Martinez would rather put his reality TV days behind him? Well, then look to the most popular men in ABC's reality school. As Csincsak says, the series looks first and foremost at likeability. "It all goes off of ratings," Jesse says. "They get on the message boards, and they will see which guy is being talked about being the next Bachelor and which guy has the most ratings. When we came off of my season, Jason Mesnick had like 700,000 posts about him and Jeremy had 20,000, so it was a no brainer," Jesse adds. "He had seven times the amount of comments about him, so they made him the next Bachelor." Also working in Martinez's favor: While it seems that most runner-ups are shoe-ins for the job (see: Mesnick and Flajnik), others have won the title after getting eliminated from The Bachelorette much earlier. Bob Guiney, who was The Bachelor of Season 4, was a contestant on Trista Sutter's season of The Bachelorette. He made it only three episodes before she sent him home. Jake Pavelka survived six episodes on Jillian Harris' season before he got to headline his own show in Season 14. And, just as Martinez booking the gig would be a different selection — as the winner of his season — Brad Womack also had enjoyed a unique run in the franchise, nabbing a chance to star after walking away from his first season single.
But who's slightly below Martinez on the popularity scale?
Should Martinez not accept the job, Csincsak predicts that Sean Lowe from Maynard's season would be the network's second choice, with Luyendyk falling in third. As Csincsak says, "Whenever you look at someone, the first thing that your brain reacts upon is visual appeal" — and Lowe certainly has the look that the producers have in mind. Of course, a Bachelor would have to "be able to make good television," according to Csincsak — and based on Sean's popularity at the Men Tell All special, it seems like he could fit the bill.
The Wildcard? Unfortunately for those of you aching for change, based on history, it doesn't seem likely ABC will choose a random contestant for the next season of The Bachelor. "I would say the chances are in the single digit percentile," Csincsak says. "They use to: They did Prince Lorenzo Borghese, and Jesse Palmer was pro football player. Those were the good old days. Now, all they are doing is rolling one into the next." (Out of the previous 16 Bachelor seasons, 10 stars were new to the franchise. But what about the criticism (and lawsuit) surrounding the fact that The Bachelor has televised 16 white-washed seasons (and eight seasons of The Bachelorette)? And the grassroots support for Lamar Hurd, the charming sportscaster hoping to bring diversity to the series? Cscinsak thinks the selection of a non-white Bachelor could seem disingenuous following the lawsuit, which was filed in April. "[The series] would do more damage to their PR image at this point by trying to all of a sudden bring someone in," Csincsak says. "That would do more damage than good."
Plus, ABC is better-served choosing a Bachelor America already knows and loves, rather than taking a gamble on a new, and possibly obnoxious, star. (Let the viewers hate the familiar after the season finishes!) "America has got to love you," Csincsak says. "That's the most important. That's 70 percent of how they pick you. You have to be professional whether you're an athlete or a TV personality. If they can have a guy that America loves, fans are going to tune in no matter what happens on the show." So who will be the next Bachelor? Only time will tell... More: Jef Holmes Childhood Home for Sale 'Bachelorette' Finale: Emily Maynard and Jef Holm Are Engaged 'Bachelorette' Finale Recap: Emily Maynard and Jef Holm =? Bachelor question
Fans loved watching Ashley Hebert and Ben Flajnik hand out roses on The Bachelorette and The Bachelor. But, sometimes the stars and the contestants aren't that lucky — and the roses are simply lost in time. With the 24th season of The Bachelorette — starring Emily Maynard — airing on Monday, we here at Hollywood.com thought it would be the perfect time to take a look back at nine moments when roses went missing throughout the 10 years of Bachelor history.
Some lost roses caused tears, while others left smiles. Here are nine roses that have gone missing from The Bachelor franchise:
1. Brad Womack didn't hand out a rose to either of the final women during his first season. Both DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft walked away from the show heartbroken.
2. Ashley Hebert sent both Ben Castoriano and William Holman packing during her two-on-one date in Thailand.
3. Ali Fedotowsky left Jake Pavelka's season early to return to her job at Facebook. She was a frontrunner, so Pavelka had to give a rose to someone else. But, she got her own season — so in the end, her decision afforded the franchise more roses.
4. Ben Flajnik didn't hand out the final rose during the episode when Shawntel Newton showed up to try her luck at winning him over. This was such a stressful rose ceremony that one contestant, Erika Uhlig, fainted because she couldn't handle it.
5. Flajnik wasn't the first Bachelor to refuse to hand out a rose. Jason Mesnick broke the rules. In January 2009, Mesnick also declined to hand out a rose at the end of a ceremony.
6. Ben Flajnik sent Casey Shteamer home early because he found out that she still had feelings for her ex-boyfriend. No rose for her.
7. Ali Fedotowsky found out that Justin Rego had two girlfriends back at home while he was competing for her love. So, she sent him home. But the best part about this was watching Rego run away from Fedotowsky.
8. Brittney Schreiner voluntarily left Ben Flajnik's season early on in the game. She didn't even give their relationship a chance.
9. Ed Swiderski left Jillian Harris' season early, meaning he didn't get a rose during that sad moment. But, he returned to the show and won her heart back — so the rose wasn't truly lost.
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