The Bachelor (U.S. TV series)
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|Format||Competitive reality show
|Created by||Mike Fleiss|
|Starring||Chris Harrison (host)
List of Bachelors section
|Narrated by||Chris Harrison|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||18|
|No. of episodes||154 (approx) (As of February 25, 2014)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mike Fleiss
|Running time||60 minutes (2002–2006)
90 minutes (2006–2008)
120 minutes (2009–present)
|Production company(s)||Next Entertainment
Warner Horizon Television
|Picture format||480i (SDTV) (2002–2009)
720p (HDTV) (2010–present)
|Original run||March 25, 2002– present|
|Related shows||The Bachelorette
The Bachelor (UK version)
The Bachelor (Canadian version)
The Bachelor is an American reality television dating game show debuting in 2002 on ABC. For all seasons, the show is hosted by Chris Harrison. There are two related series: The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad.
The series revolves around a single bachelor (deemed eligible) and a pool of romantic interests (typically 25; 30 in season 15), which could include a potential wife for the bachelor. The conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. Early in the season, the bachelor goes on large group dates with the women, with the majority of women eliminated during rose ceremonies. As the season progresses, women are also eliminated on one-on-one dates and on elimination two-on-one dates. The process culminates with hometown visits to the families of the final four women, overnight dates, should they choose to accept, at exotic locations with the final three women, and interaction with the bachelor's family with the final two women. In many cases, the bachelor proposes to his final selection.
he majorities of the 18 seasons, the first two weeks of filming the contestants reside, 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. As of October 10, 2008, the home was listed for sale at a price of US$8.75 million. For the third and remaining episodes are the contestants have filmed around the world. Episodes have been filmed throughout the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, Vietnam, Korea to name just a few. The Agoura Hills, California mansion was not used during a few seasons including season 7 that was filmed New York City, where Charlie O'Connell, who had appeared in Sliders with his brother Jerry O'Connell, lived, Paris, France for season 8; Rome, Italy for season 9, where Lorenzo Borghese lived who is half-Italian.
The show is known for its dramatic twists, both structurally and contextually. In some cases, the bachelor may or may not follow the show's standard rose ceremony guidelines. Numerous bachelors, for instance, have conferred fewer roses than allotted as per standard rose ceremony procedure; others have eliminated both women on a two-on-one date. One bachelor, Brad Womack, selected neither of his final two women. Another, Jason Mesnick, proposed to one woman, Melissa, but changed his mind. During the taping of "After the Final Rose", he broke-up with Melissa and on-air asked the other finalist, Molly, is she would agree to date him. Twelve months later, Jason and Molly, returned to New Zealand where they had gone on "dates" that were filmed and off-camera, Jason proposed to Molly. They are married with two children, Ty, Jason's son from his first marriage and Riley, their daughter together. Other twists include a woman leaving the show for work-related reasons and the dismissal of one candidate for an alleged affair with an ex-producer of the show.
The show's success has led producer Mike Fleiss to create multiple spin-offs, including The Bachelorette, in which the format is gender-reversed. The bachelorettes are eliminated contestants from The Bachelor. The first Bachelorette Trista Rehn, whose wedding to Ryan Sutter – the show's winner – was televised on ABC. Trista and Ryan celebrated 10 years of marriage in 2014 and had a televised vow renewal service. Compared to their million dollar wedding ceremony, their vow renewal service was close family and friends only. They have two children, a son, Maxwell and a daughter, Blakesley Grace. On August 9, 2010, Bachelor Pad premiered, giving previous contestants of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette the opportunity to compete in dating-themed eliminations for $250,000.
The elimination process
Each Bachelor episode concludes with a rose ceremony in which the bachelor presents a rose to each woman he wishes to remain on the show. Those who do not receive a rose are eliminated. Eliminations are based upon the bachelor's personal feelings about each contestant, guided primarily by how the women relate to the bachelor on dates which took place during the week. Roses can also be offered during these dates.
At any point during the process, if a woman decides she is no longer interested in the bachelor, she may leave. A few have actually done so over the course of the show.
In the end, the bachelor may select only one woman for the final rose. Several of the bachelors have proposed, and one bachelor selected no one.
As of 17 seasons, the season 17 bachelor (Sean Lowe) is the only bachelor to marry the woman to whom he presented the final rose. The season 13 bachelor (Jason Mesnick) ended up marrying his season's runner-up in February 2010. These are the only Bachelor seasons to result directly in the bachelors' marriages.
|1||March 25, 2002||Alex Michel||Management consultant||Amanda Marsh||Trista Rehn||No|
|Michel did not propose to Marsh, but instead they entered into a relationship. Marsh and Michel broke up after several months, and runner-up Rehn was featured on the first season of The Bachelorette. Marsh married her childhood friend, Jay Caldwell, and they have a daughter named Chloe.|
|2||September 25, 2002||Aaron Buerge||Vice President of a chain of family-owned banks||Helene Eksterowicz||Brooke Smith||Yes|
|They broke up after several weeks. Buerge became engaged to Angye McIntosh and married in 2009. They also have a daughter named Aven. In 2013, Eksterowicz got engaged to senior technology consultant, Andrew Goodman and they got married that year as well. Finalist Gwen Gioia became a contestant on the first season of Bachelor Pad.|
|3||March 24, 2003||Andrew Firestone||Sales manager of Firestone Family estates||Jen Schefft||Kirsten Buschbacher||Yes|
|Schefft and Firestone broke up after several months but remained friends. He is now married to actress Ivana Bozilovic. Firestone and Bozilovic have two sons, Adam Brooks, born on March 21, 2009 and Shane, born on January 27, 2014 and a daughter, Anja Jasmine, born on April 15, 2011. Schefft was featured on the third season of The Bachelorette. She went on to find love away from reality TV, marrying Chicago public relations executive Joe Waterman in May 2009. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Mae Elizabeth, on November 13, 2010. They welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte Grace, on July 31, 2012.|
|4||September 24, 2003||Bob Guiney||Creator of a mortgage company and former suitor on The Bachelorette||Estella Gardinier||Kelly Jo Kuharski||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. Guiney later married soap opera star Rebecca Budig, but they split after five years of marriage. Meredith Phillips, who came in fourth, was featured on the second season of The Bachelorette.|
|5||April 7, 2004||Jesse Palmer||Canadian American college football player||Jessica Bowlin||Tara Huckeby||No|
|Palmer did not propose to Bowlin. They continued to date but broke up several weeks later.|
|6||September 22, 2004||Byron Velvick||Pro bass fisherman and divorced father||Mary Delgado||Tanya Michel||Yes|
|Velvick and Delgado split after five years.|
|7||March 28, 2005||Charlie O'Connell||Actor||Sarah Brice||Krisily Kennedy||No|
|O'Connell chose Brice to be the winner but did not propose to her and instead began a relationship. They broke up in September 2007, but got back together in 2008. However, they called it quits again in 2010. Runner-up Kennedy became a contestant on the first season of Bachelor Pad.|
|January 9, 2006||Travis Lane Stork||Medical doctor||Sarah Stone||Moana Dixon||No|
|Stork did not propose to Stone. Instead, they began a relationship. They broke up shortly after the show aired. Stork is now featured on The Doctors and is now married to pediatrician Charlotte Brown.|
|October 3, 2006||Prince Lorenzo Borghese||Cosmetics entrepreneur||Jennifer Wilson||Sadie Murray||No|
|Borghese did not propose to Wilson. They entered into a relationship, and broke up in January 2007. Finalist Tara Durr is now married to John Presser, who was a contestant on the fifth season of The Bachelorette. Another finalist, Erica Rose, became a contestant on the second season of Bachelor Pad and later returned for the third season of that show.|
|April 2, 2007||Andrew Baldwin||US Naval Officer||Tessa Horst||Bevin Nicole Powers||Yes|
|Horst and Baldwin called off their engagement one month after the finale, but continued their relationship. They broke off the relationship in September 2007. Finalist Peyton Wright became a contestant on the first season of Bachelor Pad and is married to Chris Lambton, who was the runner-up on the 6th season of The Bachelorette.|
|11||September 24, 2007||Brad Womack||Bar owner||None||DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft||No|
|Womack chose Croft and Pappas as the two finalists, but they were both rejected in the season's finale. Pappas was featured on the fourth season of The Bachelorette. Womack returned to the show for its 15th season (see below). Finalist Sarah Newlon became a contestant on the third season of Bachelor Pad.|
|March 17, 2008||Matt Grant||Global financier||Shayne Lamas||Chelsea Wanstrath||Yes|
|Grant and Lamas broke up in July 2008 as they felt their lives were going in different directions, but stated they would remain close friends. Finalist Holly Durst became a contestant on the second season of Bachelor Pad, which she later co-won along with her ex-fiancé and former Bachelorette contestant Michael Stagliano. Durst is married to The Bachelorette season 7 contestant and dentist Blake Julian whom she met on the second season of Bachelor Pad.|
|13||January 5, 2009||Jason Mesnick||Account executive, single father, and former suitor on The Bachelorette||Melissa Rycroft||Molly Malaney||Yes|
|On the season's finale, Mesnick had called off the engagement with Rycroft, and resumed a relationship with runner-up Malaney. Rycroft later appeared on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars and is now married to Tye Strickland and has one daughter. She and Strickland are expecting their second child in spring 2014. Rycroft also took part in the fifteenth season of Dancing with the Stars and won the program. On October 20, 2009, Mesnick proposed to Malaney in New Zealand, which she accepted. They were married on February 27, 2010, in California. Mesnick and Malaney's wedding aired on national television on March 8, 2010. The couple welcomed their first child, Riley Anne Mesnick on March 14, 2013. Third-place finalist Jillian Harris was featured on the fifth season of The Bachelorette. Finalists Natalie Getz and Nikki Kaapke became contestants on the first season of Bachelor Pad while Rycroft co-hosted the program. Getz went on to co-win the first season of Bachelor Pad. Another finalist, Ann Lueders, is now married to The Bachelorette winner Jesse Csincsak and has one son.|
|January 4, 2010||Jake Pavelka||Commercial pilot and former suitor on The Bachelorette||Vienna Girardi||Tenley Molzahn||Yes|
|They ended their relationship in June 2010. Pavelka appeared as a celebrity contestant on the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars. Fourth-place finalist Ali Fedotowsky was featured on the sixth season of The Bachelorette. Runner-up Molzahn along with other finalists Gia Allemand, Ashley Elmore, Elizabeth Kitt, Michelle Kujawa and Jessie Sulidis became contestants on the first season of Bachelor Pad. On that show, Tenley Molzahn got together with Kiptyn Locke from The Bachelorette season 5. Allemand would return for the second season of Bachelor Pad along with finalist Ella Nolan, winner Girardi, and Pavelka himself. Kitt is currently engaged to Ty Brown, a contestant from the sixth season of The Bachelorette."|
|15||January 3, 2011||Brad Womack||Returning Bachelor (see above)||Emily Maynard||Chantal O'Brien||Yes|
|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 but remained friends. Third-place finalist Ashley Hebert was featured on the seventh season of The Bachelorette. Finalists Alli Travis, Michelle Money, Jackie Gordon and Melissa Schreiber became contestants on the second season of Bachelor Pad. Maynard was featured on the eighth season of The Bachelorette.|
|16||January 2, 2012||Ben Flajnik||Winemaker and former suitor on The Bachelorette||Courtney Robertson||Lindzi Cox||Yes|
|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. Runner-up Cox, along with finalists Blakeley Jones, Jamie Otis, Jaclyn Swartz and Rachel Truehart became contestants on the third season of Bachelor Pad.|
|17||January 7, 2013||Sean Lowe||Entrepreneur and former suitor on The Bachelorette||Catherine Giudici||Lindsay Yenter||Yes|
|Lowe and Giudici were married on January 26, 2014. Lowe appeared in the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. Desiree Hartsock, who came in fourth, was featured in the ninth season of The Bachelorette.|
|18||January 6, 2014||Juan Pablo Galavis||Former pro soccer player, former suitor on The Bachelorette||TBA||TBA||TBA|
- Season 8 was actually titled The Bachelor: Paris.
- Season 9 was actually titled The Bachelor: Rome.
- Season 10 was actually titled The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman.
- Season 12 was actually titled The Bachelor: London Calling.
- Season 14 was actually titled The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.
Questions of authenticity
On February 26, 2009, in an exclusive interview between The Bachelor Season 13 contestant Megan Parris, and Steve Carbone, Megan commented that the producers edit the footage to create a fictional 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."
On March 26, 2009, Megan Parris argued that not only was the show scripted, but that producers bullied contestants into saying things to the camera that contestants did not want to say. "'There's nothing real about it,' she said of the show's trademark "confessionals," in which contestants talk to the camera about the latest goings-on. "It is scripted," she said. "They basically will call you names, berate you, curse at you until they get you to say what they want you to say." Both ABC and Warner Bros., the studio that produces The Bachelor, had no comment."
On March 15, 2010, creator Mike Fleiss appeared on 20/20 and said that he develops contestants into characters that will cater 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.
On February 24, 2012, during the taping of The Women Tell All episode of The Bachelor, a private conversation between contestant Courtney Robertson and a show producer went public when microphones were accidentally left on in between camera takes. The conversation revealed the producer's role as a coach encouraging Robertson to fake certain emotions for the camera which she was not feeling.
In December 2011, the producer of The Bachelor sued Steve Carbone, proprietor of the website RealitySteve.com, for leaking unreleased information about the show, claiming Carbone encouraged contestants of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to break their confidentiality agreements. Carbone has denied that the source of the leaks are current contestants.
|Australia||The Bachelor||Osher Günsberg||Network Ten||September 8, 2013|
|Brazil||The Bachelor Brasil: Em Busca do Grande Amor||TBA||RedeTV!||2014|
|Canada (English)||The Bachelor Canada||Tyler Harcott||City||Fall 2012|
|Finland||Suomen unelmien poikamies||Sami Kuronen||Nelonen||February 2008|
|Germany ||Der Bachelor||Arne Jessen||RTL||2003|
|Guy Geyor||Channel 10||2009|
|Poland||Kawaler do wzięcia||Krzysztof Banaszyk||TVN||October 8, 2003|
|Romania||Burlacul||Lucian Marinescu (Season 1)
Cătălin Botezatu (Season 2-present)
|Antena 1||June 8, 2010
May 5, 2011
March 1, 2012
July 4, 2013
|Evgenii Levchenko||TNT||March 10, 2013 (Season 1)|
|Switzerland||Der Bachelor||3+||October 30, 2013|
|United Kingdom||The Bachelor||Jeremy Milnes
|March 30, 2003 – February 13, 2005
August 19, 2011
|Hryhoriy Reshetnyk||STB (Channel)||March 17, 2011|
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel also created a parody called "The Baby Bachelor", in which the titular role is given to his 3-year-old nephew Wesley.
Fox also played did a version of the show based on pretending that the bachelor was a millionaire via inheritance with the program Joe Millionaire.
- The Bachelorette
- Bachelor Pad
- The Littlest Groom
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- The Bachelor at the Internet Movie Database
- The Bachelor at TV.com
- The Bachelor at Yahoo! TV
- The Bachelor at VH1