The Bachelor (season 15)

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The Bachelor (season 15)
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StarringBrad Womack
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes12 (including 2 specials)
Original networkABC
Original releaseJanuary 3 (2011-01-03) –
March 14, 2011 (2011-03-14)
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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. He courted 30 women, unlike the 25 in previous seasons.[1] Womack became the first bachelor to appear on The Bachelor twice. The season concluded in which single mother Emily Maynard was named the winner and became Womack's fiancée. The couple ended their engagement on June 29, 2011.

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, 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. Musical guests included Train and Seal.[3]


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

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

Future appearances[edit]

The Bachelorette[edit]

Ashley Hebert was chosen as the bachelorette for the seventh season of The Bachelorette. Emily Maynard was chosen as the bachelorette for the eighth season of The Bachelorette.

Bachelor Pad[edit]

Alli Travis, Jackie Gordon, Melissa Schreiber and Michelle Money returned for the second season of Bachelor Pad. Travis was eliminated during week 1, Gordon during week 2, and Schreiber during week 4. Money and her partner, Graham Bunn, were eliminated during week 7, finishing as the runners-up.

The Bachelor[edit]

Shawntel Newton returned for the sixteenth season of The Bachelor. She was eliminated the night that she arrived.

Bachelor in Paradise[edit]

Money returned for the first season of Bachelor in Paradise. She ended the season in a relationship with Bachelor Nation alumnus, Cody Sattler.

Call-out order[edit]

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


No. in
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1291"Week 1: The Bachelorette Arrivals"January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03)15019.04[24]2.9/7[25]

Brad returns to the Bachelor mansion to give his second chance for love and an unexpected visitors come in to see him (Jenni Croft and DeAnna Pappas) in which they discuss in personal opinions and give them a sincere apology during the season 11 final rose ceremony, thoroughly they've going to accept their faith.

There were no dates during the first week. Brad meets with not just the normal 25, but 30 new contestants, unlike his first Bachelor appearance. Memorable arrivals including Chantal O., a divorcee, slapped him, Ashley S. brings her own baggage, Alli and Renee present a game of tug-of-war, Madison, shows a set of fake fangs through her tooth, Emily becomes emotional and knows that she is a coal miner's daughter. It was J's birthday and Britnee was retrieved from the limo. Ashley S. received the first impression rose.

At the rose ceremony, Michelle received the rose and Chantal O. got the last rose. Britnee, Christy, J, Jill, Lacey, Lauren, Lisa P., Rebecca, Renee and Sarah L. were sent home.
1302"Week 2: Train Performs in Private Concert"January 10, 2011 (2011-01-10)15028.46[24]2.8/7[25]

One-on-one date: 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 date: 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 date: 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.
1313"Week 3: Action Movie Date"January 17, 2011 (2011-01-17)15038.80[24]2.7/7[25]

One-on-one date: 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 date: 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. excelled her flawless performance, Michelle ticks away to steal Brad from Chantal for their time and got kiss on Brad. In the end, Shawntel N. got the rose.

One-on-one date: Emily. Just before the start of the date, the ladies learned about she lost her fiancé in the plane crash, made her into tears. They flew to a vineyard where they picnicked and later had dinner in a barn opening about her past. She got a rose.

In Brad's Bachelor Pad, Jamie, his therapist comes in for a chat and mentions an opinion about Ashley S. and Emily that may able to open up which would make a better connection on them.

Cocktail Party: After gave an advice from Jamie, Brad takes Chantal O. to give an apologize not opening up from the previous group date, Michelle steals Brad for an attention that had a fight with other ladies, Madison talks to Brad about her mixed feelings and removes fangs seen with her image. Ashley H. doubts on Brad that shall may understand, when Brad goes back to her and give a kiss.

Rose Ceremony: Before the start of the ceremony, Madison walks off and tells Brad to leave that commends her luck. Michelle gave the rose and Stacey got the last rose. Kimberly and Sarah P. were eliminated.
1324"Week 4: Radio Show Date"January 24, 2011 (2011-01-24)15049.28[24]2.9/8[25]

One-on-one date: 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 date: 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 date: 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.
1335"Week 5: Las Vegas Dates"January 31, 2011 (2011-01-31)15059.66[24]3.2/8[25]

Before the start of the dates, Chris Harrison announces the ladies they will be heading to Las Vegas, Nevada to meet with Brad.

One-on-one date: 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 date: 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 in Virginia. Emily received the rose on the group date.

Two-on-one date: 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.
1346"Week 6: Costa Rica"February 7, 2011 (2011-02-07)15069.81[24]3.2/8[25]

The date is taking place to the majestic Costa Rica.

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

One-on-one date: Ali. 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.
1357"Week 7: Anguilla"February 14, 2011 (2011-02-14)15079.32[24]2.9/8[25]

The date is taking place to the Caribbean island of Anguilla.

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

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

Group date: 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 date: Britt. They took a yacht to go cliff-diving. Britt was sent home.

Note: The rose ceremony took place beachside at Le Bleu, and all five remaining contestants were barefoot. 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, which ended up being Michelle.
1368"Week 8: Brad's Hometown Dates"February 21, 2011 (2011-02-21)150810.41[24]3.4/9[25]

Chantal O.: Chantal O's hometown date took place in 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. In the end, Brad announced the final three ladies to South Africa.
1379"Week 9: South Africa"February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28)150911.33[24]3.5/9[25]

Brad and the ladies take them into a sunny Mpumalanga in South Africa.

Chantal O. and Brad's date take up for a safari adventure with a bunch of sleeping lions, herding elephants and hippos, plus a hangout on a picnic. Then, she tells Brad that would be going to propose and accepts an invitation to a fantasy suite.

Brad and Emily come down atop of a dirt road to kick their day, telling about Emily's daughter and wants to be a perfect match for him that would plan to start as a family. Later, they decide to have a fantasy suite willing that they have been falling in love together.

Ashley H. and Brad ride over a helicopter into a trip to the exotic lands with an overview of Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and landed through the top of God's Window at Drakensberg mountains and had to meet with locals. They have a bizarre and painful conversation about Ashley's personal life, where she admitted her ex-boyfriend completed suicide.

At the Rose Ceremony, Brad watches the ladies' videos in the TV screen made a bit passion and decides one of them would be going home. He had to take Ashley H. for a moment which was a very shocked and has to leave home. Emily and Chantal O. were safe.
13810"Brad's Women Tell All"March 7, 2011 (2011-03-07)N/A10.02[24]3.1/9[25]
13911"Week 10: South Africa Season Finale"March 14, 2011 (2011-03-14)151013.86[24]4.5/13[25]
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.
14012"Brad's After The Final Rose"March 14, 2011 (2011-03-14)N/A13.96[24]4.7/13[25]
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. Meanwhile, Ashley H. was announced as the next bachelorette. However, Brad and Emily would decide to quit their relationship in June 2011.[26]


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