It’s not easy to find a man. Spend some extra time in a coffee shop, and you can meet an aspiring screenwriter/standup comedian/actor, whose full-time job is refilling their Tall Americano. Hang out in the grocery store, and you’ll meet the kind of guy who hangs out in a grocery store to meet women.
But there’s one last method you can resort to: reality television. The Bachelorette debuted in 2003 and has since featured six women looking for love. I mean, in a pool of twenty-five men, all desperate to be on TV, there’s got to be one that’s date-worthy, right?
Not according to Jen Schefft, a publicist who appeared on the show’s third season. Schefft rejected all the bachelors, and while she ultimately chose Jerry Ferris in the final rose ceremony, she turned down Jerry’s marriage proposal. Since her appearance on the show, Schefft has married a Chicago PR executive.
Out of the five other contestants, only one has had a lasting relationship—the very first contestant. Trista Rehn chose Ryan Sutter in 2003, and the two were married by the end of the year. They now have two kids together. See, sometimes reality TV can actually be, well, real.
3 other contestants—Meredith Phillips, DeAnna Pappas, and Jillian Harris all had proposals on the show that were later called off. Ali Fedotowsky—the last Bachelorette, is currently planning her wedding with Roberto Martinez. So far, so good.
Most of The Bachelorette stars may not have found their soulmates on the show, but their participation did open some other doors for them. For example, Jillian Harris is now a designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. And Jen Schefft published a book in 2007, Better Single than Sorry, after being labeled a spinster.
Ashley Hebert is the show’s latest contestant, and she has high hopes for finding her future mate: "I'm open hearted and interested in meeting the guys. And hopefully fall in love."
While there have been more contestants that haven’t been so lucky than have, Herbert still has a high chance of meeting her future husband. And if she doesn’t, they might need a carpenter or something on Extreme Makeover.