- As many as 23 seasons in, “The Bachelor” still knows how to surprise us.
- We’ve rounded up some of the most controversial relationships in the show’s history — plus who we think they should have ended up with.
- For instance, Ben Flajnik probably would have been a better fit for runner-up Tenley Molzahn, not villainous winner Courtney Robertson.
Sometimes, it’s as clear to “The Bachelor” (or “Bachelorette” or “Paradise” contestant) as it is to audiences who they should end up with — but sometimes it’s not.
These couples have gone down in the show’s history as the most controversial, or just plain confusing. And to help them out, we’ve picked the people who we think they should’ve gone for instead.
Keep scrolling to see who we chose.
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi had an explosive break up on-air with Chris Harrison.
Girardi was definitely a polarizing contestant during her time on Pavelka’s season of “The Bachelor,” and when Pavelka proposed, people were shocked.
The 23-year-old was called immature and “abrasive” by both fans and Pavelka’s family. The two only lasted a few months before sitting down for one of Bachelor Nation’s most uncomfortable interviews in history. The two screamed, insulted each other, and Girardi ended up walking off set.
It probably would have worked out much better for Jake and runner-up Tenley Molzahn.
Viewers thought that Pavelka and Molzahn were a pretty good match, and so did their respective families. Plus, Molzahn was one of the genuinely sweetest women to ever appear on the show.
However, Molzahn is now happily married to her longtime boyfriend Taylor Leopold.
Dean Unglert and Danielle Lombard were the center of an ugly love triangle on “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Unglert was beloved by Bachelor Nation … until he appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” and broke our hearts. While he was in a semi-committed relationship with Kristina Schulman, Unglert pursued Lombard, and essentially led them both on to continue dating both women.
Schulman eventually left broken-hearted — and Lombard and Unglert continued to date. Fans were left angry at both of them for upsetting Schulman, who was loved by her fellow castmates and viewers alike.
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