History Of The Bachelorette - The Bachelorette is a spin-off of the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In its January 2003 debut on ABC, the first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date from the first season of The Bachelor, offering the opportunity for Rehn to choose a husband among 25 bachelors. The 2004 season of The Bachelorette again took a runner-up from the previous season of The Bachelor. After last airing on February 28, 2005, the series returned to ABC during the spring of 2008, following an absence of three years.


* Season 1 (2003)
Trista Rehn, the runner-up of the first season of The Bachelor, selected Ryan Sutter, and the season's finale broadcast was one of the most-watched programs in the history of reality television.[2] They are still married and have two children together.[3][4] Contestant Bob Guiney was chosen to be the Bachelor in season four of The Bachelor.

* Season 2 (2004)
Meredith Phillips, who was let go by bachelor Bob Guiney (see above), chose Ian Mckee.[5] However, they ended their relationship in February 2005.[6]

* Season 3 (2005)
Jennifer Schefft, selected by Andrew Firestone in season three of The Bachelor,[7] got a second chance at love, after her relationship with Firestone ended,[8] in The Bachelorette's third season. She chose Jerry Ferris, an art gallery director, over fellow finalist John Paul Merritt in a first live, final rose ceremony.[9] During this last episode, Jerry proposed to Jen. She rejected his proposal, however, stating that the chemistry was not there.[10] Schefft went on to find love away from reality TV,[11] marrying Chicago public relations executive Joe Waterman in May 2009. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Mae Elizabeth, on November 13, 2010.[12]

* Season 4 (2008)
DeAnna Pappas, who first appeared in season eleven of The Bachelor, and was rejected by bachelor Brad Womack,[13] chose Jesse Csincsak over Jason Mesnick.[14] They were set to wed on May 9, 2009, but the couple announced their break-up in November 2008.[15] On season 13 of The Bachelor featuring Jason Mesnick as a single father looking for a second chance at love, Pappas made a surprise return.

* Season 5 (2009)
Jillian Harris, who was rejected by bachelor Jason Mesnick in season thirteen of The Bachelor, was the fifth bachelorette. She is also the first non-American bachelorette from Canada. The fifth season premiered on May 18, 2009. On the season finale, Jillian received a proposal from Ed Swiderski. A supplement to the finale, "After The Final Rose", aired on Tuesday, July 28.[16] However, they ended their relationship in July 2010.[17] Contestant Jake Pavelka was chosen to be the next "Bachelor".

* Season 6 (2010)
Ali Fedotowsky, who walked away from bachelor Jake Pavelka in season 14 of The Bachelor, was the sixth bachelorette. The season premiered on May 24, 2010.[18] Ali, who let contestant Chris Lambton go the day before the Final Rose Ceremony, chose Roberto Martinez in the finale,[19] and the couple remains together.

* Season 7 (2011)
Ashley Hebert, who was rejected by bachelor Brad Womack in season 15 of The Bachelor, is the seventh bachelorette. The season premiered on May 23, 2011.