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The Bachelor's Terrible Track Record: A History of Failed Romances

Vienna Girardi and Jake Pavelka

As the next installment of ABC's hit dating show stars premieres with a returning Bachelor looking for a second shot at love, we've got to wonder: Why would anyone want to go back to a show that has such a poor track record when it comes to couples who stay together? Is it possible that TV isn't the best place to look for love? We decided to take a look back — at both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette — to see where all the contestants are now.

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American Idol, L&O and More Short Cuts

Melinda Doolittle, Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks by Frank Micelotta/Fox

American Idols Live! tourists Jordin, Blake, Phil, Sanjaya, LaKisha, Haley, Gina, Melinda and the Chrises will preside over NASDAQ's closing bell today at 4 pm/ET.... Former University of Florida and NFL QB (and ABC Bachelor) Jesse Palmer has joined ESPN as a college-football analyst.... CBS is expected to name former GMA exec producer Shelley Ross as the new boss of The Early Show.... TNT is sticking with Law & Order reruns featuring Fred Thompson, despite his official candidacy for president of the United States. "Equal time" rules are not imposed on cablers, anyway.... Boston Legal: Season Three arrives on DVD Sept. 18. read more

Bachelor QB Off the Bench


If what he says is true, and he has only seen a handful of episodes of ABC's The Bachelor, then New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer is, scarily, a natural to succeed kissing bandit Bob Guiney in the reality-TV "rose bowl" (starting tomorrow at 9 pm/ET). "There are a couple of hot-tub scenes," the muscle-bound 25-year-old readily admits. "I'll probably get a couple [of phone calls about them from my mother... but] I'm not going to ask for her opinion, I'll tell you that!"

Luckily, the affable hunk, who lists a nice rump among the qualities he most admires in a woman, didn't need Mom's input on his selection of a mate. This go-round, a close friend of his is pulling a Jennifer Garner in the ladies' house. "As soon as the idea came up [to employ a spy], I jumped all over it. I thought it was a great idea," he says. "I think it really, really helped me with some of the tougher decisions."

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