Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Bachelor/Bachelorette Scorecard: How Could Host Harrison say “Many” have Found Soul Mates?

Trista and Ryan Sutter:
one of two surviving couples from

The Bachelor/Bachelorette Series

Last night on The Bachelorette, host Chris Harrison had an “exclusive” interview with Emily Maynard about her break-up with Brad Womack after the two were engaged at the end of the last season of The Bachelor.

In his intro he said, and I quote:

“In the many seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette, I have seen hundreds of men and women come on this show to find love and I’ve seen many find their soul mates.  Some have gotten married and even had kids.  They’re dream of a romantic life has come true, but not everybody is so lucky.”

Is he kidding? How could the producers script Harrison as saying such?

By my count and via some research, I found that there are two couples from 21 seasons of  both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette still standing: Trista and Ryan and Ali and Roberto.  Some may consider Jason and Molly, but they were not a couple at the end of the show. They got together after Jason broke up with the woman he chose originally, Melissa. 

Harrison may be referring to couples who met through the franchise, but not on the same season.  Couples who are rumored to be dating by meeting on Bachelor Pad or via events planned around the show are the following:  Tenley Molzahn (Bachelor 14) and Kiptyn Locke (Bachelorette 5), Chris Lambton (Bachelorette 6) and Peyton Wright (Bachelor 10), Vienna Girardi (Bachelor 14) and Kasey Kahl (Bachelorette 6) and Michael Stagliano (Bachelorette 5 and Holly Durst (Bachelor 12).

How does ABC get away with the false statements?

I’m the first to admit that these programs are a great guilty pleasure, but they are by no means a vehicle for finding marriage and should not be billed as such, though the odds are showing good results for entrée to a TV career a la Dr. Travis Stork (The Doctors), Jillian Harris (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Ali Fedotowsky (FOX TV in San Diego) and others. 

Back to the original point.  ABC, the program’s producers and Chris Harrison should issue a disclaimer each time they speak.  And they should not be billing The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as anything more than The Dating Game.

Here’s the full rundown of which couples ended up together at the end of each season and how they’re relationships concluded, in case you haven’t had time to keep score.

The Bachelor:

Season One - Alex Marshall and Amanda Marsh – Split.

Season Two - Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz – Split.

Season Three - Andrew Firestone chooses Jen Schefft  - Split.

Season Four - Bob Guiney and Estella Gardinier – Split.  (Guiney went on to marry All My Children actress Rebecca Budig and they have since split).

Season Five – Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin – Split.

Season Six - Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado – Split.

Season Seven - Charlie O'Connell and Sarah Brice – Split.

Season Eight - Travis Stork and Sarah Stone – Split.

Season Nine - Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson – Split.

Season Ten - Andy Baldwin and Tessa Horst – Split.

Season Eleven – Brad Womack - No Choice.

Season Twelve – Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas – Split.

Season Thirteen - Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft – Split.  (Jason ends up marrying the runner up, Molly.)

Season Fourteen - Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi – Split.

Season Fifteen - Brad Womack and Emily Maynard – Split.

The Bachelorette

Season One – Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter – Married with two children.

Season Two – Meredith Phillips and Ian McKee – Split.

Season Three – Jennifer Schefft – No choice.

Season Four – DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak – Split.

Season Five – Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski – Split.

Season Six – Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez – Engaged.

Season Seven – Ashley and ?  Spoiler alert: It is said by “Reality Steve” that Ashley picks J.P. who, as of last night, was still in the running among four bachelors on their way to a hometown, meet-the-parents date.  But the tabloids are not saying good things about the current state of their relationship.

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