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'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' stars before they were famous

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What could be more natural than throwing 25 people together in a thoroughly unnatural reality-TV setting in order to compete for a potential mate's heart? OK, nothing. But at least “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” series added in some roses for sentimental value. And nothing melts a heart like a rose ceremony. Our friends at Snakkle look back on some of the hit show's most eligible “Bachelors” and “Bachelorettes.”

See The Rest Of The Photos of “Before The Rose Ceremony: “Bachelors” and “Bachelorettes” Here

Ben Flajnik 
California wine maker Ben Flajnik was the handsome runner-up on Season 7 of “The Bachelorette”. But lucky for him, as a fan favorite, he got a spinoff “Bachelor” show. In Season 16 of “The Bachelor,” Flajnik asked Courtney Robertson for her hand in marriage. Rumors soon circulated that Robertson wasn't who she said she was on the show and their engagement ended.

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Emily Maynard 
Emily Maynard, the winner of Season 15's “The Bachelor”, got a second chance at love once her relationship with Brad Womack ended. In Season 8 of “The Bachelorette”, the Southern belle and mother of one thought she'd found lasting love in her final choice, Jef Holm. Unfortunately, the reality TV pair didn't make it down the aisle.

Melissa Rycroft 
This Dallas, Texas native was Season 13's “The Bachelor” winner. Jason Mesnick proposed to Rycroft in the finale and then publicly humiliated her months later with a televised break-up on the “After The Rose” special. Rycroft gave him back his ring and then joined Season 8's cast of “Dancing With The Stars”. She also appeared as one of Season 15's “DWTS All-Stars” contestants and won. Rycroft is now happily married with one child.

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Jake Pavelka 
Jake Pavelka, an airline pilot, flight instructor and athlete, was eliminated toward the end of Season 5 of “The Bachelorette”. But Pavelka was invited back to the show as the 14th “Bachelor”. True to reality TV show form, there was drama: Ali Fedotowsky walked out in the sixth round and Pavelka ended up proposing to Vienna Girardi... which ended in one of the ugliest he-said she-said media wars the show has seen to date. Pavelka then competed in the tenth season of “Dancing With The Stars” and is now an aspiring actor.

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