I have a lot of friends who love-watch [The Bachelor](series:755912) and a good number who hate-watch it (or so they claim). Regardless of your reasons for watching it - or not watching it - it's probably on your radar. I know you remember Juan Pablo, the most recent Bachelor who, now in the age of memes, ended up in his fair share.
I mean, he just couldn't stop saying "it's okay" whenever a girl was pouring out her heart to him. It was his special way of letting the girl know that he was down for whatever. Of course, he didn't end up being down to propose in the end which shocked and annoyed a lot of people.
It was somehow the least reassuring "it's okay" ever, and he used it so much that it truly was difficult to believe him.
But anyway, on to some of the couples that stood out and where they're at now...
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici
The Season 17 winner, Catherine was able to win Sean's heart with her goofy, fun sense of humor. Sean chose Catherine over Lindsay Yenter and proposed to her in Thailand. They rode off into the sunset together and it was all so romantic - their wedding was perfect too... of course it happened in January 2014 and it was extra special since it was like how they met - on live TV! Fun fact: They're well known for not doing the nasty until they were married.
We'll see how they fare, but if the past is any sort of indicator, I wouldn't place any bets on the relationship lasting TOO long. Who knows, maybe they'll break the trend.
Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft
Andrew Firestone, like most Bachelors chosen for the show is not only good looking but also rich. He chose Jen at the end of Season 3 in 2003 and proposed to her. Of course, she said yes but the couple broke up after a few months (they remained friends, though). Jen went on to be the third 'Bachelorette' and ended up rejecting the proposal at the end.
Since then, Jen has published a book in 2007 called Better Single Than Sorry which is about being over 30 and single in America. She later married public relations executive Joe Waterman and moved to Chicago with him. What a wild love ride she went on?!
Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado
Way back in 2004, Byron Velvick was kind of branded as the more mature (Read: Older) Bachelor. After two seasons of non-proposal endings, viewers were itching for an exposé of true love. Mary and Byron lasted pretty long as far as Bachelor couples go... five years, separated in 2009. There were a few domestic violence charges, as well.
Byron was a preofessional fisherman and Mary became big into fishing as well. She now works, though, in real estate in Florida. She no longer speaks with Byron, but she's still a big fan of 'The Bachelor'.
Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft
Jason Mesnick chose Melissa Rycroft over Molly Malaney, then changing his mind, dumping Melissa for Molly - oh yeah, and this was all on national television. Talk about drama (and ratings!). Jason and Molly ended up getting married about a year later and things were looking good.
Melissa, the one who was dissed by Jason, ended up on 'Dancing With the Stars'... another ABC reality show. In June of 2009, Melissa got engaged to her longtime friend Tye Strickland and in December of that year, they got married in Mexico. Jason and Molly are still happily married, which is rare. This could be the happiest Bachelor couple, possibly... hmm.
Brad Womack and Emily Maynard
Emily was a classic Southern belle, and used her Southern charm to woo Brad... he proposed to her at the end of Season 15 in the spring of 2011. The couple had a rough go at it... before they even filmed the "After the Final Rose" special, they had already broken up several times. Emily ended up becoming one of 'The Bachelorette's, choosing Jef Holm. They got engaged but their relationship only lasted for a few months.
Emily is still living in North Carolina with her daughter, Ricki. She plans to open a children's store in Charlotte, NC. In January 2014, she became engaged to Tyler Johnson, and they're still married.
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson
Courtney was kind of the villain on Ben Flajnik's season of 'The Bachelor'. She stole Ben away from the other girls often, she went topless on a group date, skinny-dipped with Ben in Puerto Rico, and eventually was chosen over the sweetheart Lindzi Cox in the season finale.
As you might have predicted, Courtney and Ben lasted about a year. Picking the villain over the sweety is probably not the best strategy. The break-up got pretty nasty, with both Courtney and Ben trashing eachother in tabloids. Courtney wrote a book called I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality TV Villain. Classic.
So, as you can see it doesn't appear that getting on 'The Bachelor' is the most surefire plan to fall in love. In fact, it seems like it might be more trouble than it's worth, to be honest.