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One for 19! Examining The Bachelor & Bachelorette's dismal success rate

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Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski of "The Bachelorette" continue to move the curse along. That is, no one ever stays together on this show. Photo by Mario Perez/AP for ABC
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Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi of "The Bachelor" continue their tabloid war.
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From "The Bachelor," Shayne Lamas and Matt Grant. Matt Grant seems like more of a "fame whore" since he has sold a reality show and openly wants to be part of Bachelor Pad for fame.

Another couple formed on The Bachelorette has broken up. Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski called off their engagement.

The couple is officially "taking a break." After their season of The Bachelorette aired, it came out that Swiderski had flings with two other women off-camera while courting Jillian, though they stayed together long after this revelation. 

No matter the circumstance, a televised speed-dating search for a spouse nearly always leads to splitsville. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette prove it again and again — almost every single season.

Another insanely short-lived Bachelor engagement is the case of Brit Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas (daughter of bad action movie/TV star Lorenzo Lamas). The two remain "acquaintances" and Matt Grant has sold a show to Warner Bros called Pimp My Bride!, about when a groom-to-be takes over planning the wedding.

He told Us Weekly he would like to be on The Bachelor Pad: "I've thought about doing it because I'm obviously not famous anymore and it would give me 15 minutes of fame!" Looks like Vienna should have called Matt a "fame whore" as well as Jake.

Luckily, Wikipedia has kindly made up a chart of the 20 seasons of the The Bachelor (14 seasons) and The Bachelorette (currently in the middle of its sixth season) of the show:

Only one couple has actually fulfilled the ultimate goal of the show. Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter from first season of The Bachelorette have been married since 2003 and now have two kids.

Any dating website with the miserable track record of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette would go out of business in less than three months. These are the shows you should go on if you don't want to be married.

Maybe ABC is finally realizing the that with its debut of The Bachelor Pad. Romance is dead, so why not go the MTV route? Can't wait 'til Jonathan Novack gets body slammed by Craig M.

[Editor's Note: In the CultureMap office, this critical world topic brought out a heated discussion on whether Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney's marriage should count as a Bachelor success. Malaney wasn't Mesnick's first choice. She wasn't the show "winner."

He first humiliated her by giving Melissa Rycroft his final rose, switching (successfully) to a relationship with Molly only after dumping Rycroft on national television. Should we count their second-take marriage as a second Bachelor success story?]

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