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Many men have graced the title of leading man as the bachelor and we remember them all! We’ve grown attached to each and every one of them for some reason or another. This list takes a look back at some of our most popular and infamous bachelors to countdown to our favorite!
From most loved to most hated, Juan Pablo is someone that makes this list for his epic fall from grace! Fans adored the Venezuelan single dad when he originally appeared in Desiree’s season of The Bachelorette, and the show’s producers were overwhelmed by the amount of demand for the man who said very little to play the important role of the bachelor on the upcoming season. Juan Pablo was The Bachelor’s first Hispanic-American to take on the role, but his admiration and good fortune did not last long! It would seem that it was his tight-lips that made people fall for him to begin with. Once he opened his mouth on The Bachelor, fans were aghast by the amount of disrespect he showed to many of the female contestants vying for his heart. The end of the season was a disaster! Andi Dorfman broke up with him after spending a horrific evening in the fantasy suite with Juan Pablo, and Clare Crawley tore into him after he rejected her. When Juan Pablo appeared on the After the Final Rose episode with his chosen lady, Nikki Ferrell, he dropped jaws when he refused to say he loved her. What happened to our suave Latin lover? What a bust!
Brad Womack made Bachelor history when he appeared not once, but twice as the show’s leading man! The Texas nightclub owner made haters out of fans when he rejected both women at the final rose ceremony in season 11 of The Bachelor. When he was re-cast as the bachelor, the show worked diligently to sell him as a “changed man,” but unfortunately for his fiance, Emily Maynard, that may not quite have been the case! When the two appeared on the After the Final Rose episode, the couple had to make excuses as to why Emily wasn’t wearing her engagement ring. It was obvious, that the relationship was going nowhere! The tabloids were sure to blame Brad for the failed romance, but what really happened, we’ll never know! Brad will always be the contestant who divided fans more than any other bachelor in the show’s history!
Jake Pavelka had America convinced right up until the last minute that he was the total package! He was good-looking, a pilot, and seemed to have a heart of gold! It crushed us when he was eliminated from Jillian Harris’s season of The Bachelorette, but we celebrated in the streets when he was cast our next bachelor! The season started off well enough but slowly untangled to reveal Jake’s true nature as a bore, and as his final choice Vienna Girardi put it, “a fame whore.” Luckily for Jake, he was able to somewhat redeem himself when he appeared on Bachelorpad, and he officially became a Bachelor franchise staple when he appeared yet again in JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette to lend some friendly advice. Bachelor Nation couldn’t forget this guy if we tried!
Our first bachelor naturally makes the list as he inspired all that was to come, including our binge-watching and addicting viewing parties! And let’s face it! We all remember Alex! He shot down our beloved Trista at the final rose ceremony and we swore we’d hate him forever! But, Trista has gone to find her happily ever after so as they say, time heals all wounds! We can forgive you now Alex, and celebrate your contribution to Bachelor Nation as America’s first bachelor!
Bob made his first Bachelor franchise appearance on the first ever season of The Bachelorette! The guy was funny, charming, outspoken, and a bit of a music man! He was immediately endeared to our hearts! He stepped into The Bachelor shoes for season 4 and selected Estella Gardinier in the finale without a proposal. Unfortunately, the romance dwindled quickly and Bob went on to marry and divorce All My Children actress Rebecca Budig. Last year, he married Jessica Canyon in Punta Minta, Mexico.
Andrew Firestone may have come from a super wealthy family, but he had down to earth charm that made us fall for him immediately! He was nothing but a gentleman on season 3 of The Bachelor and he wound up proposing to Jen Scheft. Jen moved to California to be with Andrew but the pair split less than a year later, although they remain friends. Jen went on to be The Bachelorette and rejected both men at the finale! Guess she’s tough to please! Andrew married model Ivana Bozolovic and the couple now have 3 children together! Aww!
Chris Soules quickly became a fan favorite when he appeared on Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette. He became affectionately known as Prince Farming and had women across America wondering if they could relocate to his miniature hometown of Arlington, Iowa. At the end of Chris’ season, he became engaged to Whitney Bischoff, but his hectic schedule with his next reality venture, Dancing with the Stars, seems to have taken its toll on the couple and they called off their engagement less than 6 months later. Chris took a lot of heat by jumping full-force into the reality television scene. Is it possible Prince Farming isn’t so charming after all? Now that he is embroiled in a court case after being involved in a car accident that killed his neighbor, it certainly seems Soules isn’t a favorite anymore.
A lot of people fell hard for the single dad from Seattle, Washington, who received the heartbreak of a lifetime when DeAnna Papas sent him packing at the end of season 4 of The Bachelorette. Luckily for all of us sitting on the edge of our seats, left wondering if his son Ty would ever have a step-mom, Jason was quickly cast in the role of The Bachelor. The season was relatively uneventful but in a good way! It seemed that the process was working and that Jason had a mature group of ladies. And then BOOM! Jason perpetrated the most dramatic action EVER to happen on The Bachelor! After he made his final selection of Melissa Rycroft, he changed his mind and begged Molly Malaney for a second chance! Wow! She gave it to him and the couple wed in a Bachelor special, Jason and Molly’s Wedding. The couple is still together today and Jason will go down in Bachelor history as the man who (luckily) changed his mind!
Sean Lowe is just a genuinely nice guy and when it comes to the world of reality television, that’s always refreshing to see! Sean was a super sweetie to all of the women on the show, and he proposed to the adorable Catherine Giudici. The couple wed on a Bachelor special Sean and Catherine’s Wedding so we all got to share in their special day! The happy couple currently has one child together, Samuel, who is a year old and they are planning for baby #2!
Ben had one hiccup on his season of The Bachelor that flew fans for an absolute loop. His declaration of love for the two final women left jaws dropped to the floor! But in spite of that one complaint, bachelor Ben was as endearing as ever! He was respectful of all contestants, was clearly there for true love, and he wore his heart on his sleeve! He’s also insanely adorable and we can’t help but love him. Ben wound up choosing Lauren Bushnell, and proposed to her in an uber-emotional finale, but the couple has since broken up. This is good news cause that means he is still on the market!