Is The Bachelor cursed in love?

Nov 11, 2008 at 3:24 p.m. ET

Why can no one on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette find love?

Deanna goes bye-byeAnother season, another heartbreak. It's almost like a romance with a random stranger from TV isn't the best formula for success. DeAnna Pappas' split with Jesse Csincsak is just the latest in a long line of bad Bachelor breakups.


No, that's not the percentage of Jimmy Kimmel's jokes that are halfway decent, or Alex Rodriguez's playoff batting stats - it's the success ratio for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since the ABC reality franchise debuted in 2002.

One marriage. Out of 16 seasons.

Only the first star of The Bachelorette, Trista Sutter (formerly Trista Rehn) has tied the knot with her chosen partner from the show, hunky Colorado firefighter Ryan. They have one adorable son, Max, and Trista is currently pregnant with their second child.

That's it for the success stories. Excepting Trista, three Bachelorettes and 12 Bachelors have come up empty in the marriage department.

Is there a curse of The Bachelor at work?

It's a tried-and-true formula that's beginning to rival death and taxes among the sure bets department: Rich guy hand-picks girl from 25 aspiring trophy wives, proposes at an emotional final rose ceremony, then announces their split through his rep a few months later. Rinse, repeat.

The most recent reality TV heartbreak came courtesy of DeAnna Pappas, who starred on The Bachelorette after being spurned by Brad Womack on The Bachelor. (SIDE RANT: Brad shunned both DeAnna and Jenni Croft in his season's finale, making him the first loser to reject both finalists. Why even go on the show? That's like the World Series being tied at 3-3, then both teams announcing they're not going to play Game Seven.)

A fan favorite on The Bachelor, DeAnna seemed more likely than most contestants to make it work. She was the anti-gold-digger - a demure, down-to-earth, real girl. When she chose the laid-back Jesse Csincsak over popular single dad Jason Mesnick - who will now star as The Bachelor next season, of course - fans gave her every benefit of the doubt. DeAnna followed her heart, they said, and must be totally in love with Jesse.

Well, they were - until she went Hollywood, leaving Jesse behind.

Therein lies half the problem with The Bachelor-Bachelorette. The stars' egos become too big (see Firestone, Andrew) and they forget the original goal, or stated goal at least - to find a life partner. For every Trista, there's a DeAnna..or 15!

The other problem is simply the format. You have to be a certain type of woman (or man) to go on a type of show like this in the first place - in other words, the motives of the contestants (see Lamas, Shayne) are highly questionable. Finding a genuine connection this way is near impossible.

To top it off, you have a courtship period consisting of yachts, mansions and dream dates for three months, followed by a return to real life. Talk about a downer. No wonder the fire dies out and the couples would just as soon call it a blink-and-you-miss-it engagement.

Everyone - and we mean everyone - will be rooting for Jason Mesnick when The Bachelor returns. Just don't expect him to walk down the aisle with the woman he selects. The odds are just too stacked against him.