Series 22 of The Bachelor is heading towards its grand finale with Arie Luyendyk whittling down his 25 contestants to six in the latest episode.

Tia Booth, Lauren Burnham, Becca Kurfin, Kendall Long, Bekah M and Sienne are the remaining contestants although only four will make the grand finale, due to air on Monday, March 5, 2018 on ABC.

Who will Arie pick? And could he actually go on to wed any of them?

To celebrate 16 years of catty arguments, heartbreaking decisions and enough love triangles to make the worlds largest flowchart, this is every The Bachelor couple since 2002 – where are they now?

FAIL: Season 1, Alex Michel and Amanda Marsh (2002)

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The first ever The Bachelor failed to deliver us with a fairytale ending. At the end of the season and Michel chose not to propose to Amanda, although the couple remained in a short-term relationship.

Fifteen years later, Michel is working for a consulting company in Washington D.C. and is reportedly still single. Amanda is married and a mother.

MARRIAGE: Season 2, Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz (2002)

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Season Two bit back in style as Aaron and Helene tied the knot on the show. Then again, the marriage only lasted a few weeks.

Six years after the split and Aaron married Angye McIntosh, welcoming daughter Aven a few months later. Helene is working as a school psychologist in New Jersey and married Andrew Goodman in 2013.

FAIL: Season 3, Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft (2003)

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Things didn’t work out for Andrew and his pick of Jen. Both of them have gone on to marry since, with Andrew wedding actress Ivana Bozilovic and Jen becoming the third Bachelorette of the series. She didn’t marry on the show however, tying the knot four years later to Joe Waterman.

FAIL: Season 4, Bob Guiney and Estella Gardinier (2003)

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Guiney and Gardinier didn’t get engaged at the end of their The Bachelor series and cut their ties a few months later.  Guiney went on to marry ‘All My Children’ star Rebecca Budig, but their relationship ended in divorce in 2010.

These Bachelors really don’t seem very ‘bachelory’.

FAIL: Season 5: Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin (2004)

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After five seasons and still, no-one had tied the knot. Former NFL quarterback Palmer chose Jesse at the end of the series but didn’t give her a ring. Things soon died down.

MARRIAGE: Season 6: Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado (2004)

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Byron and Mary stayed together longer than most couples from the show however their relationship was troubled from the start. The couple lasted a solid 24 months before Mary was arrested for getting into a physical fight with her hubby – they soon split.

MARRIAGE: Season 7, Charlie O’ Connell and Sarah Brice (2005)

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Charlie and Sarah remained engaged for two years after the final Rose Ceremony although they split in 2007, allegedly due to Charlie’s drinking problem. They tried to patch things ups few years later before completely knocking the idea on the head in 2010.

FAIL: Season 8, Travis Lane Stork and Sarah Stone (2006)

Physician Travis chose kindergarten teacher Sarah at the end of Season Eight but did not propose as the couple split soon after the finale.

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FAIL: Season 9: Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson (2006)

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Like most The Bachelor shows throughout this period, Lorenzo didn’t propose at the grand finale and their relationship tailed off within a few months.

When will these guys learn, you gotta put a ring on it.

FAIL: Season 10, Dr. Andrew Baldwin and Tessa Horst (2007)

Although holding together a relationship for eight months, the pair struggled to summon enough love from the show and never got married. Andre is still single while Tessa got married in 2013.

DOUBLE FAIL: Season 11,  (2007)

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Dear Brad chose not to pick either of the ladies at the final Rose Ceremony of 2007. He instead went home alone.

But, four years later and he became the first person to star on The Bachelor twice. He became engaged to Emily Maynard in 2011 before they split, with Brad now keeping it low key in Texas – hopefully not where all his ex’s live.

FAIL: Season 12: Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas (2008)

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British charmer Matt proposed to Shayne however the couple failed to make things last. Matt returned to London and recently became engaged to Rebecca Moring. Shayne went on to wed Internet personality Nik Richie.

FAIL: Season 13, Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft (2009)

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In a classic pop-idol esc ‘actually second is better’, Jason ditched Melissa for Season 13’s runner-up, not long having proposed to winner Melissa. Melissa went on to compete on season eight of Dancing with the Stars. None from this love triangle are now married however, so it never really mattered.

FAIL: Season 14, Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi (2010)

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Jake’s relationship with Vienna wasn’t exactly smooth sailing from the start, so it was no surprise that the couple ended their engagement only months after the finale was aired. They’re both now single.

FAIL: Season 16: Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson (2012)

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The couple remained engagement for nearly a year before ending things in October 2012.

MEGA SUCCESS: Season 17: Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici (2013)

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Hoorah! Sean and Catherine became the first and only The Bachelor couple to successfully make it down the aisle.

The pair married in January 2014 during a televised wedding special. Thank fudge for that.

FAIL: Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell (2014)

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In one of the most awkward finales in The Bachelor history, Juan refused to propose to Nikki and also refused to tell her that he loved her. Needless to say, things cooled off very quickly.

FAIL: Season 19: Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff (2015)

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Chris and Whitney did the original ‘get engaged’ at the end of the series before Chris’s appearances on Dancing with the Stars forced the relationship to break down. He did manage to learn the rumba.

FAIL: Season 20: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell (2016)

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It was only nine months ago when the recently crowned winners announced that they were unable to continue with their engagement.

PENDING: Season 21: Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi (2017)

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Double The Bachelorette contestant Nick chose Canadian Vanessa at the end of Season 21. The two became engaged although we are still waiting to hear on a set wedding date. If The Bachelor history tells us anything though, it probably won’t happen.


As for Season 22 and Arie Luyendyk, how about telling us in the comments who you think he will chose and whether their marriage could work.