The 17th season of The Bachelor premiered on January 7, 2013. The season featured 28-year-old Sean Lowe, a former Kansas State football player from McKinney, Texas. Lowe placed third as a contestant during the eighth season of The Bachelorette with Emily Maynard.
He ultimately chose to propose to Catherine Giudici.
Filming and developmentEdit
Casting began during the airing of the sixteenth season of the show. First the show approached Tim Tebow, then-quarterback of the Denver Broncos; but he never signed an agreement. Lamar Hurd, a sportscaster from Portland, Oregon, had been another potential candidate, vying to become the first African-American Bachelor. Other rumored possible candidates included The Bachelorette season 6 winner Roberto Martinez, Lowe's fellow The Bachelorette castmate Arie Luyendyk, Jr. (runner-up from Maynard's season), and eleven-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte. Luyendyk dropped out to focus on his racing career. Martinez and Lochte also declined.
This season traveled many places including Montana, the Canadian province of Alberta, St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands and Thailand. Appearances including Ben Taylor, Eli Young Band and Sarah Darling.
This season has been the first time the official website listed 24 new contestants along with one contestant from Bachelor Pad who joined the others, for a total of 25 suitors. In addition to the 25 new contestants, the premier revealed one mystery woman, bringing the total to 26.
- Paige Vigil, a "superfan" from the third season of Bachelor Pad is included in the list.
- In addition to 25 other women, Kacie Boguskie, competes this season. Boguskie competed in Ben Flanjnik's season 16 of The Bachelor and finished fourth. Boguskie had met and befriended Lowe outside of the show and host Chris Harrison invited her back for a shot via a meet-and-greet with the bachelor—after the 25 ladies arrived at the mansion.
Lowe went on to compete on the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars as the 12th and final celebrity chosen partnering with Peta Murgatroyd, he finished 6th. Fourth place finalist Desiree Hartsock was later chosen as the star of season nine of The Bachelorette. AshLee Frazier, Daniella McBride, Jackie Parr and Sarah Herron were returned for the inaugural season of Bachelor in Paradise. McBride, finished 24th, while Frazier and Parr also finished 7th/12th individually and Herron ended in 5th/6th.
|1||AshLee F.||Tierra||Sarah||Lesley M.||Selma||Lindsay||Catherine||Lindsay||AshLee F.||Lindsay||Catherine|
|3||Selma||AshLee F.||Desiree||AshLee F.||Catherine||Tierra||Desiree||Catherine||Catherine||AshLee F.|
|4||Leslie H.||Selma||AshLee F.||Tierra||Desiree||Selma||Lindsay||AshLee F.||Desiree|
|5||Daniella||Robyn||Lindsay||Leslie H.||Lindsay||Catherine||AshLee F.||Lesley M.|
|6||Kelly||Katie||Robyn||Catherine||Lesley M.||Lesley M.||Tierra||Tierra|
|8||Ashley P.||Jackie||Lesley M.||Robyn||AshLee F.||Sarah||Selma|
|21||Lesley M.||Ashley P.|
|The contestant received a first impression rose.|
|The contestant received a rose during the date.|
|The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony.|
|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: Limo Arrivals"||January 7, 2013|
|Spurned Dallas businessman Sean Lowe seeks a second chance at love as the matchmaking contest's Season 17 bachelor. In the opener, Sean chats with fellow "Bachelorette" alum Arie Luyendyk Jr. before arriving at the mansion to meet 26 female contenders at the first cocktail party. After the rose ceremony, seven of the women are sent home.|
|2||"Week 2"||January 14, 2013|
|The 19 survivors of the opening ceremony move into the mansion. Sean goes on his first one-on-one date, which involves a free fall off a Los Angeles skyscraper; and later, a group date involving a Harlequin photo shoot takes place. At the rose ceremony, the playing field is reduced to 16 contenders.|
|3||"Week 3"||January 21, 2013|
|Sean takes the ladies to Malibu for a game of beach volleyball, after which the winners spend the evening with him and the losers return to the mansion. Elsewhere, one of his romantic encounters has the potential to break a world record for the longest on-screen kiss. Thirteen women remain after the rose ceremony.|
|4||"Week 4"||January 28, 2013|
|Sean plays roller derby with eight of the 13 remaining contenders, but one woman takes a spill and ends up in the hospital with a swollen jaw. Elsewhere, Sean's private dates include a rock-climbing adventure at the Joshua Tree National Park, a dinner at a trailer park and a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive. Eleven women remain after the rose ceremony.|
|5||"Week 5: Whitefish"||February 4, 2013|
|Sean takes the 11 remaining bachelorettes to Whitefish, Mont., where eight compete in a relay race and Sean takes one woman on a helicopter ride over Glacier National Park and then to a concert. Also: Drama erupts after the group date; and Sean goes on a two-on-one date involving a horseback ride. At the rose ceremony, the playing field is reduced to nine.|
|6||"Week 6: Canadian Rockies"||February 5, 2013|
|Sean and the nine remaining bachelorettes head to the Canadian Rockies, where seven of the ladies take an ice-cold dip in Lake Louise. Elsewhere, adventurous one-on-one encounters unfold, including a monster-snow-truck ride on a glacier and a date that involves rappelling down a cliff. Three women are sent home after the rose ceremony.|
|7||"Week 7: St. Croix"||February 11, 2013|
|Sean and the six remaining bachelorettes visit the Caribbean island of St. Croix. While there, one woman reveals a surprising fact about her past that could ruin her relationship with Sean. Later, Sean's sister arrives to help him sort through his feelings. Two women are eliminated.|
|8||"Week 8: Hometowns"||February 18, 2013|
|Sean visits the hometowns of the final four bachelorettes. One woman is eliminated.|
|9||"Week 9: Thailand"||February 25, 2013|
|Sean and the remaining three bachelorettes go to Thailand for exotic one-on-one dates. In addition, the ladies have the opportunity to give up their individual rooms for a chance at an intimate overnight encounter. The playing field is reduced to the final two contenders at the rose ceremony.|
|10||"The Women Tell All"||March 4, 2013|
|Sarah and Tierra are among the rejected bachelorettes who confront each other and Sean. Also: Sean and Chris Harrison review the season and look ahead to the finale.|
|11||"Finale"||March 11, 2013|
|In the Season 17 finale, Sean must choose between the two remaining bachelorettes. Before he does so, he introduces them to his family, goes on a final date with both women and deals with a game-changing surprise..|
|12||"After the Final Rose"||March 11, 2013|
|There is a live viewing After the Final Rose party after the two-hour finale, and the first The Bachelor season of the live After the Rose Finale telecast since its introduction in 2002. Unlike previous seasons, the past After the Final Rose specials were taped.|
Before the introduction of the newly-engaged couple, Lindsay comes out for an interview after a break up with Sean, learned on her experiences the time of the show and accepts on a faith in the process of her heartbreak that torn herself apart. Next, Catherine is in the hot seat and sees wearing an engagement ring discuss with huge feelings on Sean that developed their relationship with Sean started on their first date in Canada as grew steadily fast that made incredibly best friends.
Then, Sean appears in the studio audience and reunites with Catherine to see themselves together for the first time in public, as the two would be settling on for their marriage. Sean later announced the wedding would be aired on TV screens nationwide, whereas Catherine thinks that doesn't have a potential wedding date and must wait in a period of time. The two are made happily ever after to start their new lives together. Towards the end of the episode, and it was announced Desiree will be the next Bachelorette.
Where are they now?Edit
Lowe and Giudici married on January 26, 2014. On December 8, 2015, the Lowes announced via Instagram that they are expecting their first child. On July 2, 2016, they couple welcomed their son, Samuel Thomas.
Desiree is married to Chris Siegfried whom she met on her season of The Bachelorette. They welcomed their son, Asher Wrigley Siegfried, on October 19, 2016.
AshLee Frazier is enganged to her friend of 10 years and boyfriend of 11 months, Aaron Williams.
Selma Alameri married Patrick Daniels on December 29, 2016, in a low-key city hall ceremony.
In 2017, Lesley Murphy tested positive for BRCA 2, a breast cancer gene, and later underwent a double mastectomy. She is now cancer free.