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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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The Bachelor Full Episode Guide

  • Chris Soules faces 17 of the bachelorettes he left heart broken.

  • Chris and the remaining three ladies travel to exotic Indonesia, where all things are discovered in the fantasy suite.

  • The episode picks up where the previous episode left off and a rose ceremony follows. Chris is faced with a difficult decision and two girls are sent home. Meanwhile, Chris goes to the hometowns of the four remaining bachelorettes.

  • The remaining six ladies head to Iowa, where Jade gets the opportunity to go to Arlington, Chris's hometown, to watch a high school football game and to meet his parents. Meanwhile, four of the ladies decide to visit Arlington to see what's it's all about.

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And here you were thinking that it would never work out between them. Juan Pablo, famous for his recent run on "The Bachelor" and for making pretty much everyone who watched said run of "The Bachelor" hate him, is headed to a new reality show. No, it's not to find a new soulmate; it's to fix the one he's got. Nikki Ferrell, who "won" the most recent season of "The Bachelor," will go on VH1's "Couple's Therapy" with Juan Pablo in an attempt to strengthen their relationship/collect one last paycheck before they both fade into obscurity.

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When ABC's door closes, the lock can sometimes be picked. Sean Lowe's efforts to woo his way into the arms of Emily Maynard on 2012's cycle of "The Bachelorette" didn't pan out. But, lucky for him, ABC hardly rules out second chances. To make up for the one that got away, ABC has announced today that Lowe will have his pick of more than 20 beauties as the next focal point of "The Bachelor." As a matter of fact, Lowe has already begun shooting at ABC's standard, palatial Los Angeles mansion.

Ryan Lochte: The Next 'Bachelor?'

Ryan Lochte, the sexy Olympian swimmer who gets his jollies from peeing in pools, is seriously being considered to become ABC’s next “Bachelor.” However the slim-torsoed man is demanding a hefty paycheck to appear on the show, because it’s important that your work pays you well enough to make it worth the long hours of flirting with beautiful women and drinking champagne in hot tubs. How much does the bronzed boy want? A hefty $750,000, minimum. “Ryan’s agents are getting besieged with offers and deals… but Ryan will need at least $750,000 from ABC—or possibly even $1 million—to snag the deal,” an insider reports.

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Sean Lowe Considered To Be ABC's Next 'Bachelor'

A man who nearly won Emily Maynard's hand could become the centerpiece of ABC's next "The Bachelor," according to Us Weekly. Sean Lowe was one of current "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard's last three suitors with an opportunity to win her hand this season. Though Maynard sent him home following the overnight dates, wild popularity and a heart of gold will often together win second chances. Should ABC's reported first choice bow out, producers are reportedly interested in tapping Lowe for the next season of "The Bachelor.

SPOILER: 'Bachelorette' Emily Maynard Learns About Secret Relationship Via....

(WARNING: The following contains a MAJOR SPOILER for this coming Monday's episode of ABC's "The Bachelorette." If you don't want to know....well, then why exactly did you click on the headline that read "SPOILER?" That being said, if you're having second thoughts, you know what to do....) Really, ABC? This show is no bastion of credibility as it is, but - a producer-contestant relationship? Serious? You think that's going to slide past without a few eye-rolls? If you caught this past week's post-"The Bachelorette" teaser, you already know that something's amiss between Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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