‘Bachelorette’ fans prepare for a turbulent finale: Let’s take a look at the show’s success rate

‘Bachelorette’ fans prepare for a turbulent finale: Let’s take a look at the show’s success rate

Published September 20, 2022
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“Bachelorette” star Rachel Recchia dumped contestant Aven Jones on Tuesday night’s episode, the first of a two-part finale, and fans on Twitter weren’t happy. Aven was seen by many as a front-runner, but ultimately lost out after sharing he wasn’t ready for a proposal – the typical conclusion on the show – and Rachel insisted she wanted someone who was. 

Rachel is one of two Bachelorettes anchoring Season 19 of the ABC reality series. The other, Gabby Windey, has only one contestant left vying to win her heart: Erich Shwer, who similarly expressed doubt over his readiness for a proposal. 

As fans prepare to tune in for Tuesday’s finale, it’s possible that neither lead will leave with a ring on her finger, a situation Gabby has called a “big fat dumpster fire.”

But it’s not unusual. Even those Bachelorettes with  proposals rarely stay with their winning contestant. Here’s a comprehensive list of all the couples from both the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” franchises that are still together. 

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Before we get into the details, you can catch the conclusion of this season of “The Bachelorette” — the second part of a two-part finale episode live on ABC at 8 EDT/PDT on Tuesday. 

As of 2022, only five couples from the “Bachelor” franchise are still with their final picks.

However, counting only those who are with the person they got down on a knee for and proposed to during the final episode of their season, that number shrinks to one. With 26 Bachelors in total, that makes the success rate less than 4%. 

This is the sole couple to emerge from the franchise engaged, with no complications, and remain married to this day.

Sean Lowe was the star of Season 17 of “The Bachelor” and chose Catherine Guidice, a graphic designer from Seattle, Washington. The two married in 2014 and have two children. 

Arie Luyendyk Jr. starred in Season 22 of “The Bachelor” and proposed to contestant Becca Kufrin in the the finale. However, film crews followed as Luyendyk changed his mind, deciding runner-up Lauren Burnham was a better fit and offering her a ring during the “After the Final Rose” episode. 

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The two married in 2019, and now have three children. 

In a similar plot twist Jason Mesnick, “The Bachelor’s” Season 13 star, proposed to Melissa Rycroft during the finale. He realized after that he had erred and wanted to propose to runner-up Molly Malaney instead. Mesnick broke up with Rycroft and ended up with Malaney.

The two married in 2010 and have one daughter together, as well as another son from Jason’s previous marriage. 

Matt James’ finale was marked by a number of controversies. Though he did choose Rachael Kirkconnell as the recipient of his final rose, he opted not to propose, saying instead he wanted to continue to date her in the outside world without the pressure of an engagement.

By the time “After the Final Rose”, the show’s reunion-style episode came about Kirkconnell and James were no longer together, however. Over the course of the season’s airing, Kirkconnell became the center of a racism controversy after liking Confederate flag-related TikToks and for a resurfaced photo of her attending a 2018 Antebellum-themed party, prompting their breakup after James decided there was “a lot of work” Kirkconnell needed to do on her own. Host Chris Harrison excused Kirkconnell’s actions during an interview with “Bachelorette” alum Rachel Lindsay, and backlash over that later prompted him to step down from his longtime hosting gig.

The next year, the two reconciled and remain a couple, though they’re not engaged. 

Matt James was the first and only Black star of the “Bachelor” franchise. 

Clayton was the series’ most recent male lead, and sparked an uproar when he told all three of his final contestants that he was in love with them. Evans, upset that Echard had been intimate with the other women during the show’s “fantasy suites” overnight episodes, sent herself home. 

The two remaining contestants were Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia — the current “Bachelorettes”. He eventually decided he couldn’t be with either of them, breaking it off and imploring Susie to accept his final rose. 

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On the show, she did not, but during “After the Final Rose” the two emerged as a couple and have continued to date.

There are four “Bachelorette” couples still together — no addenda this time. These leads got a proposal from their final choice and remain married. The overall success rate for “The Bachelorette” is therefore, slightly higher than its male counterpart, clocking in at 22%. 

Trista Rehn was the first “Bachelorette,” way back in 2003. She chose firefighter Ryan Sutter for her final rose and the two have been married now for almost 20 years. They share two children and are in the “Bachelor” franchise hall of fame for the longest lasting union. 

Desiree Hartsock was a contestant on Sean Lowe’s season, before she was eliminated after the ‘Hometown’ dates. She was crowned “Bachelorette” the following season and accepted a proposal from Chris Siegfried. 

The two have been married since 2015 and share two sons. 

Desiree (Hartsock) Siegfried on Instagram: “Seven years of loving you, FIVE years today married, Three years admiring you as a father and eternity to go! Happy Anniversary babe. 😘 xo @chrisrsiegfried”

Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher recently became a Rodgers when she married her finalist in May of this year. JoJo war the star of “The Bachelorette” Season 20 and chose Rodgers, brother to famed quarterback Aaron Rodgers, despite a flurry of rumors surrounding his past relationships.

The bet proved worthwhile, as the two have remained together since Rodgers proposed in 2016.

Rachel Lindsay starred as the first ever Black “Bachelorette.” She has since become a fixture in the entertainment news industry, serving as a correspondent for entertainment magazine show “Extra” and hosting the popular “Higher Learning” podcast. 

Lindsay chose Abasolo as the recipient of her final rose and accepted his proposal, eventually marrying in 2019.