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Who Is The Best Bachelorette?


The Bachelorette: Love, Roses, and Television History

The Bachelorette is a legendary American reality television dating game show that made its debut on ABC on January 8, 2003. A spin-off of the successful series “The Bachelor,” The Bachelorette follows a similar format but with gender roles reversed.

History and Format

The show’s premise involves a single bachelorette, usually a contestant from a previous season of “The Bachelor,” who is given the opportunity to meet a group of potential male suitors. Over a period of several weeks, she gets to know the contestants through a series of dates and group activities, ultimately eliminating men through rose ceremonies until only one remains.

Throughout the season, the bachelorette has one-on-one and group dates, along with dramatic two-on-one dates where two men vie for her attention. There are also “hometown visits” where the bachelorette meets the families of the final contestants, adding another layer of personal connection.

The show concludes with an often emotional finale, where the bachelorette must choose between the remaining contestants, usually culminating in a proposal. But presumably you know all that, so let’s get to the vote. First feel free to review the shows seasons, contestants and winners before submitting your vote. You can vote once every 24 hours but feel free to chime into the debate at any time! Also, check out our vote for the best Bachelor Contestant.

Season Bachelorette Winner
1 Trista Rehn Ryan Sutter
2 Meredith Phillips Ian Mckee
3 Jen Schefft Jerry Ferris
4 DeAnna Pappas Jesse Csincsak
5 Jillian Harris Ed Swiderski
6 Ali Fedotowsky Roberto Martinez
7 Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum
8 Emily Maynard Jef Holm
9 Desiree Hartsock Chris Siegfried
10 Andi Dorfman Josh Murray
11 Kaitlyn Bristowe Shawn Booth
12 Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher Jordan Rodgers
13 Rachel Lindsay Bryan Abasolo
14 Becca Kufrin Garrett Yrigoyen
15 Hannah Brown Jed Wyatt
16 Clare Crawley Dale Moss
16 Tayshia Adams Zac Clark
17 Katie Thurston Blake Moynes
18 Michelle Young Nayte Olukoya
19 Gabby Windey Erich Schwer
19 Rachel Recchia Tino Franco

Who Is The Best Bachelorette?

More About The Bachelorette Winners and Contestants

In case you’ve forgotten about the past nineteen seasons (!), here’s a refresher on some of the key events from each season. If it makes you want to change your vote, don’t worry. You can vote again tomorrow.

  • Trista Rehn (Season 1, 2003): Trista’s journey led to a successful engagement to Ryan Sutter. They married in December 2003 and remain one of the franchise’s most enduring love stories, with two children, adding a fairy-tale chapter to “The Bachelorette.”
  • Meredith Phillips (Season 2, 2004): Meredith’s season ended with a proposal from Ian McKee, but the couple broke up in February 2005. Her season illustrates the complex and sometimes ephemeral nature of love found on reality TV.
  • Jen Schefft (Season 3, 2005): Jen’s season stood out as she turned down both proposals from John Paul Merritt and Jerry Ferris. She chose to continue dating Jerry but they eventually split, making her season a unique exploration of independence and choice.
  • DeAnna Pappas (Season 4, 2008): DeAnna’s engagement to Jesse Csincsak ended in November 2008. Her season reflects the ups and downs of love, with the path to true happiness being winding and unpredictable.
  • Jillian Harris (Season 5, 2009): Jillian accepted Ed Swiderski’s proposal but they broke up in July 2010. Her story is a poignant reminder that even the most promising beginnings may not lead to lasting love.
  • Ali Fedotowsky (Season 6, 2010): Ali’s engagement to Roberto Martinez concluded with a breakup in November 2011. Her journey shows the difficult navigation required to find lasting love, even in the most promising circumstances.
  • Ashley Hebert (Season 7, 2011): Ashley’s season was a heartwarming success story, as she married J.P. Rosenbaum in December 2012. They welcomed two children but announced their separation in October 2020, reflecting the complex and evolving nature of love.
  • Emily Maynard (Season 8, 2012): Emily’s engagement to Jef Holm ended in October 2012. Her season serves as a testament to the pursuit of love and the resilience needed to overcome disappointment.
  • Desiree Hartsock (Season 9, 2013): Desiree’s season culminated in an engagement to Chris Siegfried. They married in January 2015 and have two children, representing a hopeful and enduring connection within “The Bachelorette” universe.
  • Andi Dorfman (Season 10, 2014): Andi’s engagement to Josh Murray was promising but ended in January 2015. Her season illustrates the challenges and complexities that often accompany the pursuit of love, even in seemingly perfect matches.
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe (Season 11, 2015): Kaitlyn’s season witnessed a roller-coaster of emotions, ending with a proposal from Shawn Booth. Although they split in November 2018, Kaitlyn found love again with Jason Tartick from season 14, only to announce their breakup in August 2023. Her journey is an intricate tale of highs and lows.
  • Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher (Season 12, 2016): JoJo’s love story with Jordan Rodgers is a testament to enduring romance. After getting engaged on the show, they married in May 2022 and continue to reside in Dallas, Texas. Their story shines as a beacon of lasting commitment.
  • Rachel Lindsay (Season 13, 2017): Rachel’s connection with Bryan Abasolo led to a proposal and eventually marriage on August 24, 2019. Now residing in Los Angeles, California, they continue to embrace their journey, symbolizing a successful connection within the Bachelor Nation.
  • Becca Kufrin (Season 14, 2018): Becca’s story unfolded with engagement to Garrett Yrigoyen, only to end in August 2020. A new chapter began with Thomas Jacobs from season 17, with whom she got engaged in May 2022, reflecting the ever-changing landscape of love.
  • Hannah Brown (Season 15, 2019): Hannah’s season was marked by betrayal and discovery. Her engagement to Jed Wyatt was broken after she discovered his infidelity. Despite an attempt with runner-up Tyler Cameron, Hannah’s season ended with self-reflection and independence.
  • Clare Crawley & Tayshia Adams (Season 16, 2020): Season 16 featured two Bachelorettes. Clare Crawley’s whirlwind romance with Dale Moss was tumultuous and ended in September 2021. Tayshia Adams, taking over mid-season, accepted a proposal from Zac Clark but announced their breakup on November 22, 2021. The season is a tapestry of contrasting emotions and outcomes.
  • Katie Thurston (Season 17, 2021): Katie’s season concluded with a proposal from Blake Moynes, only to end in October 2021. A brief relationship with John Hersey, a previously eliminated contestant, marked another chapter before their breakup in June 2022, adding complexity to Katie’s pursuit of love.
  • Michelle Young (Season 18, 2021): Michelle’s engagement to Nayte Olukoya painted a romantic picture, but they announced their breakup on June 17, 2022. Her story serves as a reminder of the transient nature of emotions and connections.
  • Gabby Windey (Season 19, 2022): Gabby’s engagement to Erich Schwer ended in November 2022. In a courageous step, she came out and announced her relationship with comedian Robby Hoffman in August 2023. Her story reflects courage and authenticity in the pursuit of love.
  • Rachel Recchia (Season 19, 2022): Rachel’s season culminated in an engagement to Tino Franco, but revelations of his infidelity led to a breakup. A brief connection with runner-up Aven Jones also fizzled out, making her season a poignant reminder of the unpredictability of relationships.