The 15th season of The Bachelor premiered on January 3, 2011. 38-year-old Brad Womack, who previously appeared as The Bachelor in season 11, where he rejected both of his final two women, returned as the Bachelor for this season, counting 30 women, unlike the 25 in previous seasons (made this the first Bachelor season to have 30 suitors and the second time in the franchise's history, season five of The Bachelorette was the first). Womack became the first bachelor on The Bachelor twice.
He ultimately chose to propose to Emily Maynard.
Filming and developmentEdit
Casting and contestantsEdit
Casting began during season 14. Potential candidates for this season including Womack, as well as Ty Brown and Chris Lambton from (Ali's season) season six of The Bachelorette. Both Brown and Lambton turned down the offer, Womack was selected as the next Bachelor and was announced during the live show of season eleven of Dancing with the Stars.
One of the season's contestants, Emily, was the fiancée of Ricky Hendrick.
This season traveled to far-flung locales in Las Vegas, Nevada, Costa Rica, the British overseas territory of Anguilla and South Africa. With performances by Train and Seal.
The season began with 30 contestants.
Ashley Hebert was chosen as the bachelorette for the seventh season of The Bachelorette. Alli Travis, Jackie Gordon, Melissa Schreiber and Michelle Money returned for the second season of Bachelor Pad, where they finished in 17th/18th, 15th, 11th/12th and 3rd/4th individually. Shawntel Newton made an appearance in the sixteenth season of The Bachelor, and was eliminated by bachelor Ben Flajnik the night she arrived. Emily Maynard was later chosen as the bachelorette for the eighth season of The Bachelorette. Money returned again for the first season of Bachelor in Paradise and won that season with Bachelor Nation alumnus Cody Sattler.
|1||Chantal O.||Ashley S.||Ashley H.||Ashley S.||Chantal O.||Shawntel N.||Chantal O.||Ashley H.||Ashley H.||Chantal O.||Emily|
|2||Kimberly||Michelle||Michelle||Shawntel N.||Britt||Emily||Ashley H.||Emily||Emily||Emily||Chantal O.|
|3||Alli||Kimberly||Jackie||Emily||Michelle||Ashley H.||Emily||Shawntel N.||Chantal O.||Ashley H.|
|4||Ashley S.||Madison||Emily||Michelle||Ashley S.||Michelle||Britt||Chantal O.||Shawntel N.|
|5||Meghan||Emily||Chantal O.||Chantal O.||Alli||Alli||Shawntel N.||Michelle|
|6||Marissa||Raichel||Sarah P.||Lisa M.||Emily||Britt||Michelle||Britt|
|8||Ashley H.||Ashley H.||Kimberly||Ashley H.||Lisa M.||Chantal O.||Alli|
|9||Raichel||Meghan||Shawntel N.||Marissa||Jackie||Lisa M.|
|11||Melissa||Lindsay||Ashley S.||Alli||Ashley H.||Ashley S.|
|13||Cristy||Sarah P.||Lisa M.||Meghan||Meghan|
|27||Sarah L.||Lisa P.|
|The contestant received a first impression rose.|
|The contestant received a rose during the date.|
|The contestant received a rose after getting advice from Ali and Roberto.|
|The contestant was eliminated.|
|The contestant was eliminated during the date.|
|The contestant quit the competition.|
|The contestant won the competition.|
|No. in season||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Week 1: The Bachelorette Arrivals"||January 3, 2011|
|Bachelor BRAD WOMACK -- considered by many to be "the most hated Bachelor" in the series' history -- returns for another chance at love as he chooses from among 30 women.|
|2||"Week 2: Train Performs in Private Concert"||January 10, 2011|
|The 20 remaining bachelorettes move into their luxurious Malibu mansion and the fairy tale begins. Two lucky women will get fabulous one-on-one dates: Brad escorts one bachelorette on a fantasy date which culminates at the Hollywood Bowl, where they will be serenaded by the chartbusting band Train. The other individual date finds Brad and another stunning woman on an incredibly romantic date to a private carnival. The group date will give 15 women a chance show Brad another side of their personality as they shoot public service announcements (PSA) for the American Red Cross, but it turns into a steamy face-off between some of the ladies. However, some of the bachelorettes will not have a date at all before the next rose ceremony, encouraging them to aggressively steal any time they can with Brad.|
|3||"Week 3: Action Movie Date"||January 17, 2011|
|Tensions are already mounting among the 17 remaining bachelorettes and resentment runs high when it's revealed there'll be two special one-on-one dates - each with a rose at stake - and a group date. And once again, some women will not get a date at all. Ashley S. gets to duet with Brad at the famed Capitol Records studio when a surprise visit by superstar recording artist Seal makes this a once-in-a-lifetime date. Then Brad gets down and dirty with 12 very competitive bachelorettes when they shoot their own action adventure movie, as they battle to become his leading lady. Emily, the sweet, single mom, is chosen for the week's final individual date, but will she be able to reveal her tragic past to Brad? An emotional Bachelor makes some personal inroads with the help of his therapist, letting him be more vulnerable with the women. However, one mysterious bachelorette makes a stunning departure that throws Brad for a loop and leaves the women in shock.|
|4||"Week 4: Radio Show Date"||January 24, 2011|
|The drama continues to escalate as 14 fortunate bachelorettes try to stake their claim to Brad's heart. But the week gets off to a mysterious start when one baffled bachelorette wakes up with a black eye - and has no clue about how she got it. Did she fall while sleep walking or is it just a disturbing ploy to get Brad's attention? The Bachelor has an underwater fantasy in mind when he takes Chantal on a one-on-one date to beautiful Catalina Island, but the thought of submerging to the ocean floor has the nervous bachelorette wondering if she left her sense of adventure on shore. A group of the ladies have one of the most revealing dates of the season as they join Brad as guests on an emotional radio show where secrets are uncovered about the women's love lives. And the bruised Michelle finds out she must take a courageous leap of faith with Brad or risk falling from his favor. Finally, Emily becomes the target of fiery jealousy among the women when Brad offers her a special picnic ...|
|5||"Week 5: Las Vegas Dates"||January 31, 2011|
|The eleven remaining bachelorettes leave the mansion and travel to exciting Las Vegas, but two nervous women - Ashley H. and Ashley S. - face the dreaded "two-on-one" date where one of them will be sent home immediately. How will Brad handle making a heartbreaking decision at the end of the night? The Bachelor takes eight competitive ladies out for the ride of their lives at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shawntel gets a one-on-one date that would be the envy of every woman -- an upscale shopping spree, and the sky's the limit. Then, as an exhausting week comes to an end, Brad must confront the escalating drama that has been building with the bachelorettes all week as he prepares to take eight women around the world with him in his search to find love.|
|6||"Week 6: Costa Rica"||February 7, 2011|
|The eight remaining women travel to Costa Rica. The stakes are ratcheted up as Chantal gets a second one-on-one date to zipline through the thick jungle. But when rain threatens to dampen their spirits, but will it cool off their passion? Brad escorts six bachelorettes on a challenging date to the middle of the rain forest, where he and the women must rappel down a waterfall. The night turns serious as Brad surprises all the ladies with his rose selection. Then Alli gets her first individual date, but has to face her greatest fear when she and Brad explore a cave together. And Michelle decides to pay the Bachelor an unexpected late night visit in his room. Dramatic revelations at the rose ceremony kick everyone's emotions into high gear.|
|7||"Week 7: Anguilla"||February 14, 2011|
|The pressure is mounting on Brad as he struggles to decide which four women he will escort home to meet their families. But first, the remaining six bachelorettes continue their adventurous trip around the world to the romantic Caribbean island of Anguilla. Emily soars to new heights with Brad on a helicopter tour of the island, but storm clouds gather for the couple when the possibility of a hometown date and the prospect of Brad meeting Emily's daughter are discussed. Then Shawntel and Brad use the island as their personal playground as this outspoken bachelorette makes her feelings known. Brad takes Britt for her first one-on-one date, and it's up to the Bachelor to make sure the romantic connection is electric. Finally, Ashley H., Chantal and Michelle get an early wake-up call from Brad to participate in a seductive shoot for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. Emotions are raw and revealing -- in more ways than one -- but Brad has still another surprise for the women...|
|8||"Week 8: Brad's Hometown Dates"||February 21, 2011|
|The stakes are high for Brad as he leaves on an exciting, emotionally charged trip across the country to visit the final four women's hometowns. How will he withstand the scrutiny of Chantal's very successful entrepreneurial father? Will Ashley H.'s ambitious career goals stand in her way of finding love with Brad? Will Shawntel, the beautiful mortician, be able to stand up to her father and his long held, cherished plans for her to succeed him in the family business? Finally, will Brad get to meet Emily's daughter, who she has never been introduced to anyone she has dated, and how will that decision affect their relationship? Everyone meets in NY as Brad makes another gut-wrenching decision to narrow the field to the final three women.|
|9||"Week 9: South Africa"||February 28, 2011|
|Romantic adventures await Brad and the final three women as they travel to spectacular South Africa. From a remarkable safari, to a private ride on an elephant, to a picnic high atop majestic cliffs known as "God's Window," the dates are filled with passion and excitement, as Brad continues to explore what his future would be like with each of these potential mates. At the end of each evening, Brad will present the bachelorette with an invitation to spend an intimate night together in a "fantasy suite," with the hope that she will accept. But will she? It's a wild, romantic ride with each of the women - until Brad makes a shocking, heart-wrenching decision he thought he would never have to make.|
|10||"The Women Tell All"||March 7, 2011|
|Brad faces the women he rejected, as 15 of the season's most memorable bachelorettes confront him -- and each other! A sneak peek of the season finale is also seen.|
|11||"Week 10: Finale"||March 14, 2011|
|In this dramatic conclusion, Brad, who came back for a second chance at love, prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of this life. His search for love is now narrowed down to two very different women - Chantal and Emily -- and he is falling in love with both of them. Now, after having his family meet them in Cape Town, South Africa, and under immense pressure, he must make one final heart-wrenching decision that could change his life forever. After three years of soul-searching, will he be able to propose to one of the women -- and will she say yes?|
|12||"After The Final Rose"||March 14, 2011|
|With Brad's search for his soul mate over, emotions run high as he talks to Chris Harrison about both Chantal and Emily, recounting those final days in South Africa.|
Where are they now?Edit
Womack and Maynard broke up while their season was airing, but got back together after the show's finale. However, they called it quits for good in May 2011 but remained friends.
Maynard married Tyler Johnson in 2014 and they have a son, Jennings. They welcomed a second son, Gibson Kyle, on September 16, 2016.
Ashley and J.P. got married on December 1, 2012 and their wedding aired as a TV Special on December 16, 2012. They have a son named Fordham Rhys, born on September 30, 2014 and a daughter, Essex Reese, born on November 4, 2016.
Ashley Spivey married her longtime boyfriend Steven Hunsberger on May 14, 2016.