It's that time again — a brand new Bachelorette is upon us, and even though this franchise has been going on for what seems like forever, we're particularly excited about this season! We preview front-runners, all the drama, and more!
On Sean Lowe's season of The Bachelor, it was pretty clear Desiree Hartsock — aka "Des" — was the fan favorite. And while she didn't win Sean's love, the 27-year-old bridal stylist has a whole new crop of cuties to choose from as the next star of The Bachelorette. Her 25 eligible bachelors have been announced, so ahead of the May 27 premiere, we're asking you to weigh on what "type" of contestants these fellas will be. Is the magician getting the boot? Will the hot doc make it far? Check out Des's pool of eye candy now, and give your two cents!
And you thought your dating life was complicated. Eleven years, 25 seasons, and two spinoffs later, ABC's reality TV dating show The Bachelor may not have the best track record when it comes to finding everlasting love for each season's winners, but there have been a surprising number of hookups and marriages among the growing group of alumni.
The Bachelor just finished up its 17th season with Sean Lowe proposing to Catherine Giudici, and the engaged twosome is planning a televised big day. The only other couple that's still together (from the same season) is Jason Mesnick and his runner-up Molly Malaney, who married in 2010 and welcomed their first child in March. The Bachelorette has had a better track record with two successes out of eight seasons. The very first star of the spinoff, Trista Rehn, married her pick Ryan Sutter on national TV in 2003, and they have two children together. And then Ashley Hebert married her season's winner J.P. Rosenbaum (also on TV) in 2012. Even the Bachelor Pad has resulted in some love connections. After meeting on the spinoff, Blake Julian and Holly Durst announced their engagement during the finale and married last year.
Some of the more random pairs include Andrew Baldwin's ex-contestant Peyton Wright marrying Ali Fedotowsky's ex-contestant Chris Lambton in 2012. The duo even has a show together on HGTV. And recently we've been surprised by the matchup of two-time Bachelor star Brad Womack dating Sean Lowe's second runner-up AshLee Frazier. For even more unlikely matches, click on the helpful chart we created above!
A week from today Desiree Hartsock meets her eligible bachelors in the season nine premiere of The Bachelorette — and if she doesn't find her future husband from those 25 guys, no worries, she can always go back to the show's pool of exes.
Desiree Hartsock may have walked away empty-handed and broken-hearted when she appeared on Sean Lowe's season of The Bachelor, but the brunette is back for more, and this time, she's The Bachelorette. The season begins on May 27, but until then, we've got pictures of all her suitors, from the brawny to the brainy. Let's make some snap judgments, shall we?
She may not have won Sean Lowe, but this week Desiree Hartsock did win the title of The Bachelorette. During The Bachelor's After the Final Rose ceremony, host Chris Harrison welcomed the 26-year-old bridal stylist from Colorado to the stage to announce her as the new Bachelorette. Fans know she had one of the season's roughest farewells, as Lowe asked her to leave on the hometown date episode.
I've never felt a strong connection to Desiree, so I'm not incredibly enthusiastic about this pick, but who knows? Des could show a whole different side of her once she gets more camera time. If anything, I'm sure she's happy to have something to take her mind off the fact that Sean chose Catherine, and not her. Were you hoping to see Hartsock again?
It's confirmed: Desiree Hartsock is the new Bachelorette! While Monday was the end of Sean's stint as The Bachelor, it's also the beginning, as Chris Harrison announced the next star of The Bachelorette in the After the Rose special that follows the finale. If there was anything I learned attending The Bachelor Women Tell All taping, it was that there was a clear fan favorite from Sean's pool of exes, and it was Des. Find out below what Chris, Sean, and even Des told me on the bachelorette casting:
When I asked Desiree if she'd consider The Bachelorette, she wasn't very forward with her response. She told me, "It really is an experience that I wasn't expecting. It really is emotionally and physically draining. But I think it's an amazing experience, and I think that good does come from it. I believe in the feelings, and I know it's real. No matter what someone may say, that's a part of my family. I do believe in it. That would be a great opportunity, and I would have to think about it if I was presented that opportunity."
I asked Sean who he could see as the next bachelorette, and he didn't hesitate with his response. "I think Des would be a great bachelorette," he said. He elaborated, "She's a sweetheart. She's beautiful. I got just torn to shreds on Twitter after I sent her home because America seems to love her. So yeah, I think she would be great."
When I asked Chris who his pick is for bachelorette, he named a few of this season's standouts like AshLee and Sarah, but he's clearly rooting for Desiree. He told me, "I think if you printed out a poster of the bachelorette, it has a picture of Des on it. I mean, she is the girl next door. She is a young Katie Holmes."
Tonight Sean Lowe gives out his final rose to either Catherine Giudici and Lindsay Yenter in The Bachelor's season 17 finale. No matter who he ends up with, we hope they stay together longer than some of the past season's contestants. The track record ain't great. Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney are the only Bachelor couple to still be together, and that's not technically correct since Jason picked Melissa Rycroft in the finale but then dumped her for his second pick Molly in the "After the Rose" special. In December, Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum became the second Bachelorette couple to marry on TV, after the very first bachelorette Trista Rehn married Ryan Sutter (and are still together).
Sean's finale has us reminiscing about those early seasons and wondering what the couples are up to now. Most importantly, who are they seeing and what are their relationship statuses? We all know the group of former contestants from the reality-TV dating show are an incestuous bunch, and it can be difficult to keep track of who's with whom. So we're breaking it down from the beginning to give you the scoop on where the last couples standing from each of the 16 seasons of The Bachelor are now. Will you accept this rose?
For a show that ends in a proposal, the Bachelor franchise isn't so successful at getting couples to actually walk down the aisle. But for Bachelorette Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, yes meant yes, and the two actually got married a couple of weeks ago. Can you believe it?! As part of their honeymoon, apparently, Ashley and J.P. stopped by The View today to talk about why they worked, while other couples haven't. Check it out, before the made-for-TV wedding airs on Sunday.
It's official! The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert and her pick, JP Rosenbaum, will be getting married on TV this December, ABC announced yesterday. And they're only the third couple to do so in the franchise's history. Back in 2003, 17 million viewers watched Trista and Ryan Sutter tie the knot, and Molly and Jason Mesnick wed in front of cameras in 2010 amid a downpour, in true Bachelor drama. Ashley and JP, a construction manager, both said they wanted to hold off on wedding plans until Ashley graduated from dental school, and it looks like the right time is now. Although no specific details have been released yet, there's already a lot we can expect from the couple's big day!
If Trista and Ryan's wedding is any indication, there's going to be one word to describe the event: lavish. Their wedding cost an estimated $4 million, featuring food flown in from 14 different countries and lots of pink, Trista's favorite color. Ashley's been known to keep things simple and stray away from bold patterns in her personal style, so we might see more of a neutral color palette — although we won't expect anything less than chic from the bubbly bride.
Even before her wedding, Trista was featured on at least six national magazine covers, appeared on Oprah, and was the first engaged celebrity to make it to the cover of Modern Bride. Ashley's following suit, already making headlines about her "dream wedding."
Celebrity Guest List
Ashley and JP are keeping mum on who will make the guest list, but we can be sure to expect some fellow Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants. Ashley's close with the other girls who competed with her for Brad Womack's attention; she even recently took a trip to Mexico with season 15 ladies, including Ashley Spivey, Britt Billmaier, and Lisa Morrisey. We can also count on her siblings to be there — including her sister, Chrystie Corns, who famously dissed JP on the show and said he wasn't the one for Ashley. Trista invited Bob Guinea, a contestant on her season, to the wedding, but we're not sure Ashley will do the same with any of her exes.
Trista and Ryan might have opted for a $15,000 chocolate wedding cake, but our guess for Ashley and JP's wedding dessert? Cupcakes. Who can forget the adorable moment the night they met when she said she was going to marry a man who called her cupcake and he told her that was his nickname at work? Plus, the always-fit Ashley has said one of her weaknesses is a red velvet cupcake.
Ashley donned some stunning gowns on her season, and we bet it won't be any different on her wedding day. Trista wore not one, but two white Badgley Mischka dresses, one of which was estimated to cost $70,000. But Ashley, who's having her gown custom made, has already left us guessing, saying her dress will not be white.
Famous artists have provided music at the past two TV weddings: country music superstar Brad Paisley sang a song inspired by words Ryan wrote shortly after he met Trista, and Molly's favorite singer, Gavin DeGraw, performed at her and Jason's reception. Given Ashley's love of dancing, we wouldn't be surprised if she brought out some of her own moves to steal the show.
No Bachelorette wedding would be complete without roses. Trista and Ryan had 30,000 pink and ivory ones flown in from Holland and Ecuador, 12 dozen of which had Trista and Ryan photos printed on each petal. Rose overkill is acceptable given the situation, just as long as we don't hear Ashley say "Will you accept this rose?" any more.
With all the wedding fun to look forward to, there's even more that viewers can expect: Ashley and JP's bachelorette and bachelor parties will be aired, too. How appropriate!
When we looked into where The Bachelor couples are now, we were surprised to see so many authors from the bunch (including new mom of two Jen Schefft!). And while some of the past contestants from the Bachelor franchise have gone the expected route — writing about their personal experiences on the show — others penned books from surprising genres. There's something for everyone here, from a historical novel to children's fiction to a date-night cookbook. And stay tuned for another bachelor book on the horizon. The very first bachelorette and one of the few success stories, Trista Sutter, signed on to write a book called Happily Ever After: The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart. The book about love, family, and happiness will be released next year, as she and her hubby, Ryan Sutter — who she picked on her season of the show — celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary. Check out some of the other books by former bachelors and bachelorettes now!