The Bachelor 20

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The 20th season of The Bachelor premiered on January 4, 2016. This season features 26-year-old Ben Higgins, a software salesman from Warsaw, Indiana.

Higgins attended Indiana University where he was graduated with a BS in business administration and management through the school of Public and environmental affairs (SPEA). In addition, he was also a member of Delta Upsilon's Indiana chapter where he served as the vice president of external affairs. He placed third on the 11th season of The Bachelorette featuring Kaitlyn Bristowe.

Filming and development

Casting and contestants

Casting began during the 19th season of the show. On August 24, 2015, during season one, episode four of Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, Ben Higgins was announced as the next Bachelor.

The cast includes season 19 runner-up Becca Tilley and fellow contestant Amber James, news anchor Olivia Caridi from WCYB-TV and Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher, who is a half-sister of Ready for Love star Ben Patton.


The season traveled to many places including Las Vegas, Nevada, Mexico City, Mexico, Pig Island in The Bahamas and the state of Indiana. With appearances from rapper Ice Cube, comedian Kevin Hart, soccer players Alex Morgan, Kelley O'Hara, comedian Terry Fator, and Indiana Pacers basketball player Paul George.


The season began with 28 contestants, including a set of twins.

Name Age Hometown Occupation Outcome Place Ref
Lauren Bushnell 25 West Linn, Oregon Flight Attendant Winner 1
24 Dallas, Texas Real Estate Developer Runner-up 2
Caila Quinn 24 Hudson, Ohio Software Sales Representative Week 9 3
Amanda Stanton 25 Rancho Santa Margarita, California Esthetician Week 8 4
Becca Tilley 26 Shreveport, Louisiana Chiropractic Assistant Week 7 5
Emily Ferguson 23 Las Vegas, Nevada Waitress 6
Lauren Himle 25 Dexter, Michigan Kindergarten Teacher Week 6 7
Olivia Caridi 23 Bristol, Virginia Former News Anchor 8
Leah Block 25 Greenwood Village, Colorado Event Planner 9
Jennifer Saviano 25 Lauderdale Lakes, Florida Small Business Owner Week 5 10
Jubilee Sharpe 24 Fort Lauderdale, Florida War Veteran 11
Amber James 30 Kankakee, Illinois Bartender Week 4 12-13
Rachel Tchen 23 Little Rock, Arkansas Unemployed
Haley Ferguson 23 Las Vegas, Nevada Waitress 14
Jami Letain 23 St. Albert, Alberta Bartender Week 3 15-16
Shushanna Mkrtychyan 27 Salt Lake City, Utah Mathematician
Lace Morris 25 Denver, Colorado Real Estate Agent 17 (quit)
Jacqueline "Jackie" Dion 23 Newport Beach, California Gerontologist Week 2 18-20
28 Portland, Oregon Dentist
Samantha Passmore 26 New Smyrna Beach, Florida Attorney
23 Stillwater, Oklahoma Fashion Buyer 21 (quit)
Laura Esselman 24 Louisville, Kentucky Account Executive Week 1 22-28
Breanne Rice 30 Seattle, Washington Nutritional Therapist
Lauren Russell 26 Houston, Texas Math Teacher
24 Branford, Connecticut Graphic Designer
Maegan Miller 30 Visalia, California Cowgirl
Jessica Moser 23 Boca Raton, Florida Accountant
Tiara Soleim 27 Redmond, Washington Chicken Enthusiast

Future appearances

The Bachelorette

Caila Quinn was originally chosen to be the bachelorette for season twelve of The Bachelorette, but the producers dropped her just days before filming started and chose Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher as the next lead instead.

Bachelor in Paradise

Season 3

Quinn, Lauren Himle, Tiara Soleim, Jami Letain, Shushanna Mkrtychyan, Jennifer Saviano, Isabel "Izzy" Goodkind, Lace Morris, Jubilee Sharpe, Leah Block, Haley Ferguson, Emily Ferguson, and Amanda Stanton were chosen to compete for the third season of Bachelor in Paradise. Sharpe and Block were eliminated in the first week. The Ferguson sisters quit in the fourth week. Quinn, Goodkind, and Mkrtychyan quit in week five. Letain, Himle, and Soleim were eliminated in week five. Saviano left in week six. Morris and Stanton ended the season engaged with Bachelor Nation alumni, Grant Kemp and Josh Murray respectively.

Season 4

Stanton returned for the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise, marking her third reality show appearance. The Ferguson twins appeared on the fourth season as well and their third appearance in the Bachelor Nation franchise, but they quit in week four. Stanton quit in week four as well.

Happily Ever After?

Outside of the Bachelor Nation franchise, Higgins and Lauren Bushnell appeared in their own reality series Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? on the sister network Freeform. The Ferguson sisters star in the Freeform reality series The Twins: Happily Ever After?.

The Bachelor Winter Games

Higgins appeared in his third Bachelor Nation appearance in The Bachelor Winter Games competing as Team USA. He quit in week three.

Call-out order

Order Bachelorettes Week
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Lauren B. Olivia JoJo Lauren B. JoJo Amanda Caila Amanda JoJo
2 Caila Lauren B. Caila Amber Lauren B. Olivia Amanda Caila JoJo
3 Jennifer LB Olivia Jubilee Becca Emily JoJo JoJo Caila
4 Jami Caila Amanda Lauren H. Amanda Caila Becca Caila Amanda
5 Samantha Amber Jubilee Amanda Lauren B. JoJo Becca
6 Jubilee Jami Lauren B. Becca Jubilee JoJo Lauren B. Emily
7 Amanda Jennifer Leah Haley Emily Becca
8 Lace Jubilee Becca Emily Caila Leah Olivia
9 Lauren R. Amanda Rachel Rachel Jennifer Emily Leah
10 Shushanna JoJo Lace Caila Leah Jennifer
11 Leah Leah Jennifer JoJo Olivia Jubilee
12 JoJo Rachel Emily Jennifer Amber
13 Lauren H. Samantha Jami Leah
14 Laura Jackie Lauren H. Olivia Haley
15 Mandi Haley Shushanna Jami
16 Emily
Emily Haley
17 Shushanna Amber
18 Maegan Lauren H. Jackie
19 Breanne Becca
20 Izzy Mandi
21 Rachel Lace
22 Jessica Breanne

23 Tiara
24 LB
25 Jackie
26 Olivia
27-28 Amber
The contestant received a first impression rose
The contestant received a rose during the date
The contestant was eliminated
The contestant was eliminated during the date
The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony
The contestant quit the competition
The contestant won the competition


| ProdCode = 2001 | Viewers = 7.55 | ShortSummary = Ben meets three former bachelors Jason Mesnick, Sean Lowe and Chris Soules at the mansion where they give him tips about his new role as the bachelor. On night one, Ben greets twenty-six new bachelorettes at the mansion. Lauren B. holds a wing pin; Lauren R. stalks Ben in social media; followed by Shushanna introduces to Ben in Russian; Leah catches a football; JoJo wears a unicorn head which surprises Ben; Mandi arrives with a huge "first impression rose" on her head; Izzy arrives wearing a onesie; and Rachel rides in on a hoverboard. Two former contestants, Amber and Becca, have come back to be part of the cast. Ben gives the first impression rose to Olivia. At the rose ceremony, Breanne, Izzy, Jessica, Laura, Lauren R., Maegan and Tiara are eliminated. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2002 | Viewers = 6.90 | ShortSummary = The first group date involves the ten chosen women participating in a "Bachelor High" competition at Verdugo Hills High School. The competition has five different challenges. Mandi is crowned homecoming queen after winning all of the challenges, but JoJo receives the rose for the date. On the one-on-one date, Ben and Kevin Hart stopped by at the mansion to pick up Caila. The trio travel around Los Angeles buying condoms and relaxing at a spa. Ben and Caila attend a concert with Amos Lee at the Regent theater and Ben gives her the date rose. The second group date involves six women who go with Ben to a LoveLab facility at Azusa Pacific University for a scientific test using an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor and electroencephalogram (EEG). Olivia receives the date rose. At the rose ceremony, LB decides to leave, while Jackie, Mandi and Samantha are sent home. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2003 | Viewers = 7.56 | ShortSummary = Lauren B. got the first one-on-one date for the week and riding an airplane overlooking Southern California including a view of the mansion, she and Ben ended up with a private stage by Lucy Angel where Lauren B. received the rose. The twelve chosen ladies went to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to meet with Alex Morgan and Kelley O'Hara where they play soccer, separating into two teams: Stars and Stripes. Team Stripes won and continued for a night after party and the rose was received by Amber. Jubilee got the one-on-one date to Cal-A-Vie Health Spa Vista via helicopter where Ben shared about her past and Ben gave the rose to her. At the cocktail party, Ben told the ladies received a bad news from his family. Jubilee caused major upset and Amber confronted her at the bathroom. Lace decided to leave the competition. At the rose ceremony, Jami and Shusanna were eliminated. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2004 | Viewers = 7.73 | ShortSummary = The fourteen ladies traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada and saw a sign on a building upon arrival. JoJo got the first one-on-one to a penthouse to whisk away into a helicopter ride at Las Vegas Strip watching spectacular fireworks, Ben gave the rose to her. The ten selected ladies went to The Mirage to an annual talent show by Terry Fator. Emily and Haley excelled with Irish dance moves, where Olivia showed up with a showgirl costume left with panic attack. Lauren B. received the date rose. Becca got the one-on-one date and received a package from a hotel, she is taken to a wedding chapel to actual couples for marriage. She received the rose. Ben brought Emily and Haley to their house where they met with their mom to discuss with opportunity issues and he decides to send Haley packing. At the rose ceremony, Amber and Rachel were eliminated. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2005 | Viewers = 7.50 | ShortSummary = The eleven remaining ladies traveled to Mexico City, Mexico. Amanda got the one-on-one date and was awaken by Ben to travel to the ancient city of Teotihuacan for a morning scenic view and a picnic, they ended up at Santa Fe district and Amanda got the rose. The nine selected ladies took Spanish language lessons on a school to buy items for a Mexican food and ended up with six teams of two, Olivia left to pair up with Ben, leaving a dismay to others. The team of Jubilee and Lauren B. got their dish was praised by local chefs. Lauren B. and Ben serenaded through the city, while Jubilee was sent home as the rose was received by Olivia. Lauren H. got the one-on-date at Pineda Covalin headquarters to take part for a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week join with Ben and actual models, and Lauren H. received the rose. At the cocktail party, Olivia was offended on her harsh behavior by calling Amanda a "Teen Mom". As the rose ceremony was about to start, Ben asked to speak to Olivia in private, but the episode ended in cliffhanger. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2006 | Viewers = 8.62 | ShortSummary = Concluding from the previous episode, Ben pulled aside to Olivia for a talk that told there was nothing in it. They rejoined with others at the rose ceremony where Jennifer was eliminated. The nine ladies traveled to Exuma in The Bahamas. Caila got the one-on-one date for the week to a deep sea fishing trip and Ben gave the rose to her. The seven chosen ladies got the group date, Leah became very upset that she didn't get the one-on-one date. They went to Pig Beach to swim with pigs. Lauren B. was differed broke down against Leah's meltdown. Amanda got the group date rose. Leah talked to Ben that the connection wasn't feeling enough and sent her home. Olivia and Emily got the two-on-one date took place on an uninhabited private island. Ben had some one-on-one time with those ladies, the rose gave to Emily and Olivia left behind on a wind-swept beach. At the rose ceremony, Lauren H. was sent home. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2007 | Viewers = 7.24 | ShortSummary = The remaining six ladies traveled to Ben's hometown of Warsaw, Indiana, where Ben meets his parents at the restaurant. Lauren B. got the one-on-one showing the tour of the whole town and ended up at Baker Youth Club to play basketball with Indiana Pacers basketball players Paul George and George Hill drop in and lead the kids in some exercises. JoJo went to Wrigley Field in Chicago to play baseball by themselves, she and Ben wore "Mrs. Higgins" and "Mr. Higgins" uniforms, ended up on a dinner on a center field. Caila, Amanda and Becca went to the farm for a group date, Ben gave the rose to Amanda to continue the portion for the date as the two went to a McDonald's and ended up to a crowded carnival. Emily went to Ben's house to meet with Ben's parents that she is more immaturity to become a wife and was sent packing. At the rose ceremony took place at Old Kosciusko County Courthouse, Becca was sent home. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2008 | Viewers = 8.67 | ShortSummary = Ben traveled the hometowns of the final four ladies. Amanda's hometown date began in Laguna Beach in Orange County, California and brought alongside her daughters to spend at the beach. Ben wrote a storybook for Amanda's daughters to read a story. Lauren's hometown took place in Portland, Oregon and explored around Pioneer Square and the city's famous food trucks where she and Ben ate a traditional Georgian khachapuri pie and end hung out at Multnomah Whiskey Library. Caila's hometown date took place at Hudson, Ohio to explore a tour of her former high school, including a visit to a toy factory where her dad works. Caila and Ben were surprised by her family eating a traditional Philippine food for dinner. JoJo's hometown date began in Dallas, Texas with an envelope and roses left by her ex-boyfriend from a doorstep and instead she brought Ben to meet her family, including her brother, Ready for Love star Ben Patton. JoJo's brothers accused Ben of brainwashing him. At the rose ceremony, Amanda was sent home. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2009 | Viewers = 8.17 | ShortSummary = Ben and the final three ladies traveled to Ocho Rios in Jamaica for an overnight dates. Caila took a ride on a wooden raft down the Martha Brae River, followed by a riverside lunch of jerk chicken, and ended with a night of fireworks. Lauren B. traveled to a preservation mission where they assisted baby turtles, she admitted that she is falling in love with Ben and he said he loved her too. They ended up watching reggae musicians on a bar stage. JoJo rode in a helicopter to a waterfall near Negril and swam and expressed their feelings for one another, recalling the difficulties with her overprotective brothers during the hometown date. Ben told JoJo that he was in love with her. All three dates ended on a fantasy suite. Caila went to a bachelor pad to talk with Ben that did not decide against her feelings and was sent her home. | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = N/A | Viewers = 7.48 | ShortSummary = Seventeen of the twenty-six eliminated contestants attended the "Women Tell All" special, sitting in this particular order: Lace, Tiara, Amber, Jami, Izzy, Rachel, Jubilee, Shushanna, Jennifer, Lauren H., Leah, Olivia, Becca, Haley, Emily, Amanda and Caila. Several of the contestants spoke of their lives after the competition like Jubilee promoted to Sergeant in the United States Army. Lace reveals a tattoo from a Bachelor fan and Chris asks to join her in Bachelor in Paradise cast. Olivia recalling a situation where Olivia calls Amanda a "Teen Mom". She states that she felt targeted, and revealed that she was bullied as a child. She gives Amanda a heartfelt apology. Caila explained her emotions when she told Ben she loved him and he didn't tell her he loved her back. Ben shows up to the ladies and finishes the show by stating that he is engaged to the winner and "would marry her tomorrow". | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = 2010 | Viewers = 9.58 | ShortSummary = Both Lauren and JoJo have an opportunity to meet Ben's parents (David and Amy) on a villa in Jamaica where they have spent time with Ben. Lauren's final date involved snuggling on a catamaran and they had a picnic on a beach. JoJo's final date also involved swimming in the waterfalls. Ben's feelings on Lauren and JoJo admitting that he is falling in love with both of them, each ladies sobbing about sacrifices on a path of love after their respective dates. At the final rose ceremony, JoJo came to see Ben, stating how much she wanted to be with him and how in love with him she was and leaving herself blindsided that Ben couldn't live without her. Ben called Lauren's dad to ask him for permission to take Lauren's hand in marriage and he gives Ben his blessing. Lauren arrives, they profess their love to each other and Ben kneels down on one knee and asks Lauren to marry him. She accepts and Ben asks, "Lauren, will you accept this rose?", with her answer being "Yes". | LineColor = FF5A83 }}

| ProdCode = N/A | Viewers = 9.24 | ShortSummary = During the women The Women Tell All special, Ben indicated that he would "marry her (the winner) tomorrow", so Chris arranged for both families and Ben's pastor to be on hand in case they wanted to marry on live TV. JoJo came out first to face Ben for the first time, Ben apologized again for breaking her heart but he simply realized that he loved Lauren even more than her. Afterwards, Chris announced her that she would be the next Bachelorette. Then, Lauren came out and she and Ben continued to profess their strong love for each other during their first public appearance and discuss her move from Southern California (Marina del Rey) to Denver, Colorado to be with Ben. In addition to Ben's pastor and the families, Jimmy Kimmel appears in the audience as well, making jokes about their overnight date from Week 9. They decided not to get married during the show, but Ben proposed to Lauren once again in front of the studio audience with their families present. They have promised to marry soon. | LineColor = FF5A83 }} }}

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