We analyzed the winners of both programs from the very first season to the present day to establish what it truly takes to have a chance at love.

From age, race, and even hair color, not everything is equal in love, war, or “The Bachelor.”


Looking for Love in Every Blonde Spot

When it comes to capturing the hearts of “The Bachelor” candidates like as Ben Higgins, Nick Viall, and Sean Lowe, it may appear that any woman who competes for love has a chance of receiving the final rose. However, all winning ladies over the previous 21 seasons have some characteristics.



While Nick Viall swept his now-fiancee Vanessa Grimaldi (a brunette) off her feet, the majority of “The Bachelor” graduates have chosen a different hair color. In actuality, three out of every four winners of “The Bachelor” have been blonde. Last year’s Bachelor Ben Higgins left with blonde beauty Lauren Bushnell, while the leading man of the very first season of “The Bachelor” – which aired in 2002, would you believe it? – Alex Michael chose blonde Amanda Marsh as his winner (but did not propose to her).


Girls with red hair may not win often, but they are more likely to survive the season than those with other hair colors. And while the minimum age to compete is 21, ladies between the ages of 24 and 26 have the best chance of surviving group dates, rose ceremonies, and the season’s “villain.”


Winners of “The Bachelor” are also likely to have long hair and brown eyes, and to date, they have all been white. Even this season, African-American frontrunner Rachel Lindsay, who had been in the lead for weeks, was eliminated after the fantasy suite date. In an unexpected turn of events, Lindsay was just named as the franchise’s first black Bachelorette; perhaps this will alter the chances for future seasons.


The Most Probable Males

If you believe you have what it takes to win the hearts of Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher, or Andi Dorfman, you must be able to check off a few things about yourself in order to beat the odds and win the final rose.




Although “The Bachelor” victors were predominantly blond, “The Bachelorette” contestants have historically selected guys with dark hair. In fact, three out of every five winners on the program had brown hair, brown eyes, and a neat, short haircut without a beard. Of course, there have been a few exceptions, but as previous winners Jordan Rodgers, Josh Murray, and Chris Siegfried will attest, it helps when the chances are in your favor.


While younger women tend to remain longer on “The Bachelor” than their older counterparts, men between the ages of 30 and 32 have the most success prolonging their adventure on “The Bachelorette.” Of course, if you don’t win, you may have a chance to be the next “The Bachelor” or to travel to sunny Mexico for “Bachelor in Paradise,” where your chances of finding love may be even better.


In Color Love

You would have to be colorblind to not see a racial tendency among the contenders and winners of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” if you bet on who will reach the conclusion of the series.




Despite efforts to diversify the cast at the beginning of the series, every winner on “The Bachelor” and all but one winner on “The Bachelorette” have been white. Former non-white contestants have typically claimed to enjoying their time on the program, but they have a poor track record of victory.


Until now, being the Bachelor or Bachelorette on either of these rose-themed dating competitions has overwhelmingly favored white participants. This year, Rachel Lindsay will be the first black Bachelorette in the show’s combined 33 seasons. It remains to be seen how this affects the probability of winning the show if you are black, Hispanic, Asian-American, or any other race or ethnicity.


For All Appropriate Causes

Playing for love on “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” is hard business. It involves time, dedication, and the ability to develop an emotional connection with someone who is dating up to 30 other people. No matter your hair color or facial hair, there can be only one winner. Oh, and with everything you’ve gone through, you may not find love anyhow.



We gathered publicly accessible web photographs of each participant from ten entire seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” and carefully documented their physical attributes. Each contestant’s percentage of the season finished was determined by dividing the episode number on when they were eliminated by the total number of regular episodes.


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