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Since its debut in 2002, The Bachelor has captivated audiences across the country by intertwining the romantic escapades of several young women vying for the attention of one elusive bachelor. The premise of the show is quite simple: a sexy new bachelor is chosen each year, along with a pool of single women. In most seasons, there have been 25 women in the running, though occasionally more have been added to this pool. As the bachelor gets to know the women, he chooses who he would like to keep around by presenting each of those women with a red rose at a rose ceremony. Those who do not receive a rose must leave the show.

In order to get to know the women better, the bachelor goes on a series of dates with his different prospects. Initially, many of these are group dates, making it difficult for the women to make an impression. As more women are sent home and the number of prospective mates dwindles, more intimate dates are set up for each of the women and the bachelor. Audiences have watched these tales unfold again and again for more than ten years, riveted by the romantic plot lines and drama that often erupts amongst the ladies.

The show cumilates in the final selection of the woman the bachelor has chosen. The bachelor narrows down his options to two different women, generally heading with them to their hometown to meet their families and see where they grew up. After this segment of the show is complete, the bachelor reveals who he wants to date. In many seasons, the bachelor has even proposed. Although many of these couples have not lasted, some have gone on to marry and enjoy a happy life together.

The success of The Bachelor has led to several spin off series, including The Bachelorette, where the roles are reversed. Both shows have maintained followings with millions of men and women, all of whom are eager to weigh in on the action. The Bachelor concept has also been adapted for an international audience, with several different variations of The Bachelor in production across the globe.

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  • Chris and the 11 remaining women go to Sante Fe, N.M. While there, one bachelorette meets a "love guru" and nine ladies go rafting on the Rio Grande River.

  • Chris' three sisters will pick the lucky bachelorette that will get to go on a special one-on-one date with their brother.

  • Jimmy Kimmel shocks Chris and the ladies when he shows up and guides Chris in his search for love.

  • Chris takes six lucky ladies on the first group date. They attend a rooftop pool party and a tractor race on the streets of Los Angeles.

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