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Why we still love 'The Bachelor'

It's no bueno and we know it - but we still tune in.

It begins again tonight, ladies and gentlemen - the 17th season of The Bachelor, starring Sean Lowe, a rejected-but-gorgeous contender for Emily Maynard's heart on her season of The Bachelorette. Remember Sean? The one who went running after Emily's car, shouting her name, to tell her something important that we've long since forgotten because all that mattered was how romantical the running and yelling part was?

Yeah, that Sean.

Sean Lowe

We're 17 seasons in, and only a handful of couples have ever made it to the altar. Most Bachelor relationships fizzle and die within weeks or months of the show's airing, and how DARE they? After all, we've spent months investing our Monday nights indulging in the producer-cooked drama, picking our favorite cast members and yammering on about them in the office every Tuesday with anyone who doesn't roll their eyes and walk away.

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It begs the question - why, when we know that it's highly unlikely any couple from this show will last for the long haul, do we still tune in?

Here's why:
  • The train wreck factor. Particularly on the season opener, when we get to see the cast of female hopefuls meet their bachelor. It's getting worse, season by season, as they try and make a lasting impression. There was the woman who brought her grandma. The one who walked out of her car, right past the bachelor, and didn't even introduce herself, in hopes her air of mystery would reel him in (it didn't). There are catty glances galore as the women size up the competition, and always at least one who gets super drunk, throws up in the bathroom, and doesn't make it past the first rose ceremony unless she's blonde and surgically enhanced.
  • Because we can relate. Dating isn't the super treat we all wish it were. With many of us singles doing the online dating thing, trying time after time to meet someone special, we enjoy watching the feeble attempts at a love connection. Yes, it's sad when anyone gets rejected but there's a little part of all of us that feels just the slightest bit better about life, knowing someone else feels our pain.
  • Drinking games. Go ahead, take a swig'a your beverage every time someone says, "rose ceremony." Or, "I can't believe she..." Or, "I don't want to go home." Or every time host Chris Harrison says, "on the most dramatic season of the Bachelor - ever."

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