The anti-love show
One for 19! Examining The Bachelor & Bachelorette's dismal success rate
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 TheBachelor (14 seasons) and TheBachelorette (currently in the middle of its sixth season) of the show:
- There were 11 yeses.
- There were 10 breakups, including the nasty recent Jake and Vienna split.
Only one couple has actually fulfilled the ultimate goal of the show. Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter from first season of The Bachelorette have beenmarried 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 TheBachelor 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?]