Last night, 29 year old Sean Lowe proposed marriage to a 26 year old woman named Catherine Giudici while millions of people watched on TV. The two claim that they are going to be married in a television special and live happily ever after, but how many past winners of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have actually found their soul mates on TV?
Well, we dug through the last 11 years of The Bachelor (and The Bachelorette) to find out what happened to all those winners and losers and how many people got their happy ending.
A few notes before we reveal the final tally of engagements, marriages and happy endings per season:
- Finalists and contestants who have gone on to marry characters from other seasons or other reality shows don’t count in the tally. We also don’t care if a finalist is living in Alaska with some nice person they met in a bar. You have to be “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” and involved with either the winner of the competition or the runner-up to matter to us.
- We are counting The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as being the same program because they are essentially the same set-up, but with genders swapped. The goal is to end the series engaged to one person, married, and then to have a happy ending.
- We aren’t messing with those Bachelor Pad or Bachelorette Pad messes or international versions of the show. THIS IS ABOUT TRUE AMERICAN LOVE PEOPLE.
So, without further ado…how many proposals, how many marriages and how many happy endings were there in 25 combined seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette?