In recent cast recycling, for example, Kaitlyn Bristowe didn’t win Chris Soules’s affection on “The Bachelor,” but she seems to have found love with fiance Shawn Booth. On tonight’s premiere of “The Bachelorette,” we’ll hear about how JoJo Fletcher has bounced back from being rejected by Ben Higgins, a finalist from Kaitlyn’s season, in last season’s “Bachelor” finale. I’m guessing she’ll conclude that her husband is in the room. In that room will also be next season’s Bachelor. And so the franchise’s revolving door keeps turning.
But there’s another cast of characters Bachelor Nation draws from: the siblings of former contestants. It works both ways: Family members get drafted into the franchise, and former contestants make their own sibling introductions. Sort of like that time you thought you’d found the perfect match for your brother while you were all at summer camp together? Yeah, sort of like that.
The current Bachelorette, JoJo Fletcher, isn’t the first in her family to look for love on a reality show — though outside of the Bachelor franchise. Her brother Ben Patton was on Eva Longoria’s short-lived dating show, “Ready for Love,” in 2013 and perhaps that’s part of the reason he (accurately) questioned Higgins’s affection for his sister. This season we’ll no doubt hear more tough questions from protective older brother, who might be auditioning for a future season of “The Bachelor” or “Paradise.”
In the meantime, here are a few other families that have had more than one sibling look for love — or find it — through Bachelor Nation.
DeAnna Pappas and the Stagliano brothers
Let’s start at the beginning: DeAnna Pappas was a contestant on season 11 of “The Bachelor,” then became the fourth Bachelorette in 2008. She and her Bachelorette pick, Jason Mesnick, didn’t last. But she still found her husband, albeit circuitously, through Bachelor Nation. In a 2011 interview, Pappas described how she and Michael Stagliano, a contestant on season 5 of “The Bachelorette,” became friends when he was dating a friend of hers. As Pappas tells it: Stagliano thought, “Oh my gosh. It would be so much fun if you were dating my brother.” Michael introduced Pappas to his identical brother, Stephen; they started dating, and the three of them even lived together before Pappas and Stephen tied the knot in 2011. In March, Pappas gave birth to their second child, Austin Michael Stagliano, whose middle name honors the middle man who brought them together.
Ashley and Lauren Iaconetti
Ashley Iaconetti was a contestant on Soules’s season of “The Bachelor,” where she lasted about half the season. Then the sisterly duo was drafted onto the second season of “Bachelor in Paradise” as a package deal, meaning that if one of them were eliminated, the other would follow. It was a short-lived experiment, however, as Lauren decided to leave after two episodes, because apparently someone outside of Paradise still had a hold on her heart.
Zak and Carly Waddell
Zak made it to the final four of Desiree Hartsock’s season on “The Bachelorette” in 2013. This included a hometown date with Hartstock, which included a serenade from Zak’s sister and brother. Some of the choice lyrics: “You light the fire inside his eyes / You give him hope that love survives/ Oh, Desiree, now we can see / Your place among our family.” Actually, Hartstock found her place in another family — she married Chris Siegfried, the winner of her season on “The Bachelorette,” and she’s currently pregnant with their first child. (Zak is now married, too; see above.)
Since her singing debut, Carly ended up on Soules’s season of “The Bachelor” and then on “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2015, alongside the Iaconetti sisters. Carly made it pretty far on “Bachelor in Paradise,” but was dumped during the finale. Carly might not be done with the franchise yet: Reality Steve, a Bachelor Nation spoiler artist, reports that Carly was spotted at a Paul Simon concert with a contestant from JoJo’s season, which premieres tonight.
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