The Bachelor (season 15)

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The Bachelor (season 15)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 12 (including 2 specials)
Original network ABC
Original release January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03) – March 14, 2011 (2011-03-14)
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Season summary

The fifteenth season of ABC reality television series The Bachelor. The season premiere aired on January 3, 2011. 38-year-old Brad Womack, who previously appeared as the Bachelor in season 11, where he rejected both of his final two women, returned as the Bachelor for this season, counting 30 women, unlike the 25 in previous seasons (made this the first Bachelor season to have 30 suitors and the second time in the franchise's history, season five of The Bachelorette was the first).[1] Womack became the first bachelor on The Bachelor twice.

Filming and development[edit]

Casting and contestants[edit]

Casting began during On the Wings of Love. Potential candidates for this season including Womack, as well as Ty Brown and Chris Lambton from (Ali's season) season six of The Bachelorette. Both Brown and Lambton turned down the offer, Womack was selected as the next Bachelor and was announced during the live show of season eleven of Dancing with the Stars.[1][2]

One of the season's contestants, Emily, who was the fiancée of Ricky Hendrick.


This season traveled to far-flung locales in Las Vegas, Nevada, Costa Rica, the British overseas territory of Anguilla and South Africa. With performances by Train and Seal.[3]


Biographical information according to ABC official series site, plus footnoted additions.[4]

Name Age Hometown Occupation Status
Emily Maynard[5][6] 25 Morgantown, West Virginia Children's Hospital Event Planner Winner
Chantal O'Brien[7] 28 Mercer Island, Washington Executive Assistant Runner-up
Ashley Hebert[8] 26 Madawaska, Maine Dental Student Eliminated in week 9
Shawntel Newton[9] 25 Chico, California Funeral Director Eliminated in week 8
Michelle Money[10] 30 Salt Lake City, Utah Hair stylist Eliminated in week 7
Britt Billmaier[7] 25 Woodinville, Washington Food writer Eliminated in week 7
Jackie Gordon[11][12] 26 Newport, Rhode Island Artist Eliminated in week 6
Alli Travis[13] 24 Columbus, Ohio Apparel merchant Eliminated in week 6
Lisa Morrisey[14] 24 Ottawa, Kansas Marketing Coordinator Eliminated in week 5
Marissa May[15] 26 Mesa, Arizona Sports Publicist Eliminated in week 5
Ashley Spivey[16] 26 Ellerbe, North Carolina Nanny Eliminated in week 5
Lindsay Hill[17] 25 Plano, Texas First grade teacher Eliminated in week 4
Meghan Merritt 30 Princeton, New Jersey Fashion Marketer Eliminated in week 4
Stacey Quirpel 26 Quincy, Massachusetts Bartender Eliminated in week 4
Kimberly Coon[18] 27 Orlando, Florida Marketing Coordinator Eliminated in week 3
Sarah Powell 27 Denver, Colorado Real Estate Broker Eliminated in week 3
Madison Garton[19] 25 Vail, Colorado Model Quit in week 3
Keltie Colleen[20] 28 Sherwood Park, Alberta Radio City Rockette Eliminated in week 2
Melissa Schreiber[21] 32 Westport, Connecticut Waitress Eliminated in week 2
Raichel Goodyear[21] 29 Fullerton, California Manscaper Eliminated in week 2
Britnee 25 Holland, Pennsylvania Paralegal Eliminated in week 1
Cristy Caserta[22] 30 Davie, Florida Attorney Eliminated in week 1
Jessica "J" 26 Seattle, Washington Operations Manager Eliminated in week 1
Jill Ruskowski[17] 28 Frisco, Texas Sales director Eliminated in week 1
Lacey Garbelman[23] 27 Tampa, Florida Insurance agent Eliminated in week 1
Lauren Moore[24] 26 Culpeper, Virginia High School Teacher Eliminated in week 1
Lisa P. 27 Dix Hills, New York Sales Consultant Eliminated in week 1
Rebecca 30 Mission Viejo, California Esthetician Eliminated in week 1
Renee Halpin 28 Palos Hills, Illinois Nanny Eliminated in week 1
Sarah Ledtke[25] 25 Saginaw, Michigan Musical Theatre Performer Eliminated in week 1

Future appearances[edit]

Ashley Hebert was chosen as the bachelorette for the seventh season of The Bachelorette. Alli Travis, Jackie Gordon, Melissa Schreiber and Michelle Money returned for the second season of Bachelor Pad, where they finished in 17th/18th, 15th, 11th/12th and 3rd/4th individually. Shawntel Newton made an appearance in the sixteenth season of The Bachelor, and was eliminated by bachelor Ben Flajnik the night she arrived. Emily Maynard was later chosen as the bachelorette for 2012 in the eighth season of The Bachelorette. Money returned again for the first season of Bachelor in Paradise and won that season with Bachelor Nation alumnus Cody Sattler.

Call-Out Order[edit]

Brad's Call-Out Order
# Bachelorettes Week
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Chantal O. Ashley S. Ashley H. Ashley S. Chantal O. Shawntel N. Chantal O. Ashley H. Ashley H. Chantal O. Emily
2 Kimberly Michelle Michelle Shawntel N. Britt Emily Ashley H. Emily Emily Emily Chantal O.
3 Alli Kimberly Jackie Emily Michelle Ashley H. Emily Shawntel N. Chantal O. Ashley H.
4 Ashley S. Madison Emily Michelle Ashley S. Michelle Britt Chantal O. Shawntel N.
5 Meghan Emily Chantal O. Chantal O. Alli Alli Shawntel N. Michelle
6 Marissa Raichel Sarah P. Lisa M. Emily Britt Michelle Britt
7 Lindsay Keltie Alli Jackie Shawntel N. Jackie Jackie
8 Ashley H. Ashley H. Kimberly Ashley H. Lisa M. Chantal O. Alli
9 Raichel Meghan Shawntel N. Marissa Jackie Lisa M.
10 Madison Lisa M. Stacey Britt Marissa Marissa
11 Melissa Lindsay Ashley S. Alli Ashley H. Ashley S.
12 Renee Alli Madison Lindsay Lindsay
13 Cristy Sarah P. Lisa M. Meghan Meghan
14 Jackie Marissa Marissa Stacey Stacey
15 Sarah P. Britt Meghan Kimberly
16 Lacey Stacey Lindsay Sarah P.
17 Lauren Shawntel N. Britt Madison
18 Lisa P. Jackie Keltie
19 Shawntel N. Melissa Melissa
20 Britnee Chantal O. Raichel
21 Stacey Britnee
22 Jill Cristy
23 Lisa M. J
24 Rebecca Jill
25 J Lacey
26 Keltie Lauren
27 Sarah L. Lisa P.
28 Emily Rebecca
29 Britt Renee
30 Michelle Sarah L.
     The contestant received a first impression rose.
     The contestant received a rose during the date.
     The contestant received a rose after Brad received advice from Ali and Roberto.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant was eliminated during the date.
     The contestant quit the competition.
     The contestant won the competition.

Episodes (dates)[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Original airdate: January 3, 2011

There were no dates during the first week. Brad meets with not just the normal 25, but 30 women, taking his second chance at love. Chantal O. slapped him, Ashley S. received the first impression rose, It was J's birthday and Britnee was retrieved from the limo. Britnee, Christy, J, Jill, Lacey, Lauren, Lisa P., Rebecca, Renee and Sarah L. Were sent home in the first rose ceremony.

Week 2[edit]

Original airdate: January 10, 2011

One-on-one: Ashley H. They spent the night at a private carnival. They had a very deep conversation. Brad shared somethings with Ashley that he hasn't shared with anyone regarding his past and family. She got a rose from Brad.

Group: Keltie, Chantal O., Madison, Melissa, Kimberly, Marissa, Raichel, Britt, Meghan, Emily, Shawntel N., Michelle, Lisa M., Stacey, and Alli. They filmed a variety of sketches to advertise PSA and donating blood. Michelle was upset that other girls were kissing Brad. At the after party, Raichel and Melissa argued. Michelle got the rose because it was her birthday.

One-on-one: Jackie. They got massages and spa treatment. She picked out her own dress and got her make-up done. Train was there for a private concert. She got a rose.

Cocktail Party: All of the ladies. Ali and Roberto from The Bachelorette came and talked to Brad and the ladies. Brad decided to give the rose to Emily after the discussion with the then-engaged couple. Before Ali & Roberto showed up, Melissa and Raichel were arguing with each other.

Rose Ceremony: Keltie, Melissa & Rachel were all sent home.

Week 3[edit]

Original airdate: January 17, 2011

One-on-one: Ashley S. They went to a famous recording studio and recorded them singing "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal. After, they witnessed the real Seal performing his song in the studio and had dinner on the rooftop of the building. She got a rose.

Group: Lindsay, Shawntel N., Alli, Britt, Kimberly, Sarah P., Chantal O., Ashley H., Lisa M., Stacey, Marissa, and Michelle. They filmed a fake action movie with action director, Steven Ho where they rehearsed stunts and fight scenes called "Love Hurts". Shawntel N. got the rose.

One-on-one: Emily. They flew to a vineyard where they picnicked and later had dinner in a barn. She got a rose.

Week 4[edit]

Original airdate: January 24, 2011

One-on-one: Chantal O. They flew in a helicopter to Catalina Island and walked on the ocean floor and looked at sea life. After, they had dinner at a campfire on the beach and in a tent. She got a rose.

Group: Ashley S., Stacey, Lindsay, Britt, Meghan, Alli, Lisa M., Ashley H., and Jackie. The girls and Brad went on the radio show Loveline with Mike and Dr. Drew and discussed their feelings for Brad. At the after party, many girls fought for Brad's attention. Brad was originally going to give the rose to Ashley H., but after hearing her make negative comments, he gave it to Britt instead.

One-on-one: Michelle. They flew in a helicopter and landed on a high building in downtown Los Angeles to rappel down the side to have dinner at a pool. She got a rose.

Week 5[edit]

Original airdate: January 31, 2011

One-on-one: Shawntel N. Brad and Shawntel N. went shopping during the day. During the night, both Shawntel N. and Brad went atop a roof to watch fireworks and have dinner. This is where Shawntel N. revealed her work as a funeral director.

Group: Michelle, Alli, Britt, Chantal O., Lisa M., Marissa, Emily and Jackie. They went racecar driving. Emily had a particularly hard time with the date due to the association of racing with her deceased fiance, Ricky Hendrick. Ricky (the son of Rick Hendrick, the owner of the Hendrick Motorsports team) was a NASCAR driver who was killed, along with nine others in 2004, in a plane crash. Emily received the rose on the group date.

Two-on-one: Ashley H. and Ashley S. Both ladies got an opportunity to watch and practice for a performance in the Viva Elvis show in Las Vegas. Both ladies had dinner with Brad. The leading man sent Ashley S. home for missing connections. Ashley H. and Brad performed in the show that night.

Week 6[edit]

Original airdate: February 7, 2011

One-on-one: Chantal O. They took another helicopter on a scenic ride, then ziplined through the jungle. It rained again before they got to eat dinner outside.

Group: Michelle, Emily, Jackie, Shawntel N., Ashley H., and Britt. They rappelled down a waterfall. No one received the rose.

One-on-one: Alli. They went horseriding and explored a cave full of bats and giant spiders. They later enjoyed dinner floating in the middle of the hot springs; however they didn't have the most intimate conversation. In the end, she went home.

Week 7[edit]

Original airdate: February 14, 2011

One-on-one: Emily. They had a picnic on the beach and then had dinner.

One-on-one: Shawntel N.. They went to a farmer's market.

Group: Ashley H., Michelle, Chantal O. They did a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated. Ashley and Chantal have posed topless shots, Ashley praises on a photo shoot with seashells covering her breasts. Ashley receives the rose.

One-on-one: Britt. They took a yacht to go cliff-diving. Britt was sent home.

Note: This was the first week where there was no cocktail party as Brad felt there was no reason to lead the women on if the conversations were not going to change his mind on whom to send home.

Week 8[edit]

Original airdate: February 21, 2011

  • Located in: Hometowns (Dates)

Chantal O.: Chantal O's hometown date started at Seattle, and gave a visit for Brad on touring the entire city. Then, Brad meets her parents and sees a beautiful sculpture inside her wealthy home. Chantal O's father has solemnly on approval with Brad and gets ready for falling in love with her.

Ashley H.: Ashley H's hometown date started in her hometown of Madawaska, Maine where she grew up. Ashley invited Brad on her old workplace in a restaurant where she used to work as part-time and ordered fries with cheese and gravy. Afterwards, they take pictures on Canada–United States border signboard and it would be receive as a souvenir. Then, Brad meets Ashley's family including her sister which Brad is more likely as a friend.

Shawntel N.: Shawntel N's hometown date started in Chico, California and gave a tour of the family's funeral home. Brad is look tense on the mausoleum, plus a crematorium with an auto-shut door, crypt room and an embalming room. He meets Shawntel's parents and her younger sisters. While on the discussion for a succession in the family's funeral home, Shawntel's dad is anxious on not giving up the funeral home business and wishes to marry Brad for move to Austin.

Emily: Emily's hometown date started in Charlotte, North Carolina and is meeting with her daughter Ricki at the park. Brad is excited to meet Ricki for the first time, but she made herself very shy. Brad receives a present a kite for Ricki and uses it for flying. Emily and Ricki took Brad in her house and shows Ricki's dolls and beauty collection in her bedroom gave Brad for a tour. Emily takes Ricki for a night sleep and saying goodbye to Brad.

Rose Ceremony: The ceremony took place in a hotel in New York City. Ashley H. got the first rose followed by Emily, leaving Chantal O. and Shawntel N. at the bottom two. In the end, Brad handed Chantal O. the last rose, eliminating Shawntel N. on an emotional sadness returning with her family. In the end, Brad announced the final three ladies to South Africa.

Week 9[edit]

Original airdate: February 28, 2011

Week 10 (Finale)[edit]

Original airdate: March 14, 2011

Brad has one rose left, to give to either Emily or Chantal O. after they meet his family. Brad and Chantal O. swim in shark-infested waters, while Emily's final date is a helicopter tour of Cape Town that includes stunning views of the Cape of Good Hope. Then comes Brad's decision: he chooses Emily over Chantal O. in the finale, leaving Chantal O. hurt emotionally.


After the Final Rose[edit]

This special episode aired right after the finale. Emily does not wear a ring during most of the show, as it was being re-sized. Brad gives her the re-sized ring at the end of the show. However, the couple decided to quit their relationship in June 2011.[26]


U.S. Nielsen Ratings[edit]

Episode First Air Date Rating
1 January 3, 2011 2.9 7 9.04 N/A N/A
2 January 10, 2011 2.8 7 8.46 N/A N/A
3 January 17, 2011 2.7 7 8.80 N/A N/A
4 January 24, 2011 2.9 8 9.28 N/A N/A
5 January 31, 2011 3.2 8 9.66 N/A N/A
6 February 7, 2011 3.2 8 9.81 N/A N/A
7 February 14, 2011 2.9 8 9.32 N/A N/A
8 February 21, 2011 3.4 9 10.41 N/A N/A
9 February 28, 2011 3.5 9 11.33 N/A N/A
10 March 7, 2011 3.1 9 10.02 N/A N/A
11 March 14, 2011 4.5 13 13.88 N/A N/A
12 March 14, 2011 4.7 13 13.96 N/A N/A
  • Episode 10, The Women Tell All Special.
  • Episode 12, After the Final Rose Special.


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