It feels like someone from the “Bachelor” franchise is on “Dancing with the Stars” every season, but in reality (no pun intended), there’s only been eight love-seeking folks who’ve hoofed it on the hardwood in 28 seasons. And Hannah Brown is just the second one to actually win the whole thing.
Here the “Bachelor” franchise track record on “Dancing”:
1. Trista Sutter: Season 1, sixth place (first eliminated)
2. Melissa Rycroft: Season 8, third place; Season 15, won
3. Jake Pavelka: Season 10, seventh place
4. Sean Lowe: Season 16, sixth place
5. Chris Soules: Season 20, fifth place
6. Nick Viall: Season 24, sixth place
7. Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile: Season 27, fifth place
8. Hannah Brown: Season 28, won
Brown joins Rycroft as the only Bachelor Nation stars to win “Dancing,” but Brown is the first titular Bachelor or Bachelorette to prevail. Rycroft was never the Bachelorette and was a last-minute replacement on Season 8, taking Nancy O’Dell‘s place after the former “Access Hollywood” host tore her meniscus. That also occurred shortly after the “Bachelor” Season 13 finale, during which Jason Mesnick proposed to Rycroft, but then revealed on the aftershow that he had since broken up with her to date runner-up Molly Malaney.
Outside of Sutter, who has the distinction of being the first person ever eliminated on the show, the “Bachelor” ladies have far and away been better dancers than their male counterparts despite being outnumbered on the casting front. It’s not quantity, but quality, right? All the men — all of whom were Bachelors save for Grocery Store Joe — have been mediocre at best (which was like the peak for Grocery Store Joe) and petered out before the business end of the competition.
The 27th and 28th installments marked the first time “Dancing” has cast “Bachelor” stars on back-to-back seasons. Grocery Store Joe and Brown were hugely popular personalities, so it’s not too surprising, but will TPTB continue to dip back into their synergistic pool, especially if the show remains a one-season-a-year event and they crave that Bachelor Nation buzz?