Will Sean Lowe break the unlucky-in-love streak of ABC's "The Bachelor"?
In the show's 16 seasons, "The Bachelor" has produced a marriage between the leading man and his final pick….well, never. (Nitpickers may want to say that Jason Mesnick's marriage to Molly Malaney counts, but lest we not forget that Malaney was not Mesnick's final pick; the Season 13 "Bachelor" had to dump his first final pick, Melissa Rycroft, before he could romance Malaney.)
In fact, most "Bachelor" couples break up within months of their season's airing, and even seemingly happy couples, like Ben Flajnik and Courtney Roberston, were having relationship woes by the time the "After the Final Rose" update aired.
That puts a lot of pressure on Lowe to make his season come out with a happy ending.
Three months before the show is set to premiere, ABC has released photos and the first names of 24 of the contestants.
Included in the mix are Emily Maynard lookalike Lacey, three girls named Ashley, a former Miss Oregon, the token fitness model, and, on the heels of a racial discrimination lawsuit against the show, several African-American contestants.
While bios on the girls are set to be released soon, leave it to "Bachelor" spoiler king Reality Steve to dig up the dirt on several of the contestants. According to Reality Steve's spoiler blog, earlier this year, one of the contestants expressed her disdain for the show on Twitter, writing that it's the "stupidest show" ever created. There is also a contestant who was born without a full left arm, while another contestant is a mother of two.
So what is Lowe looking for? "They have to be intelligent, funny, witty...I like sweet girls," he told Us Weekly.
It would also be hard to imagine that he would pick a girl who doesn't share his Christian values. According to Christian Post, the 28-year-old insurance salesman brought a Bible and a devotional book with him to "The Bachelorette" taping, and he even shared readings with some of the other guys.
No matter what, Sean Lowe's nice guy status will be put to the test, as rarely does a "Bachelor" star leave the show unscathed. Let's hope he finds a wife out of the deal to make it all worth it.
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