“Dancing with the Stars” has been very kind to its ABC brethren over the years, as numerous Bachelor Nation stars have hit the hardwood in search of Mirrorball glory. The next in line is former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, who will be on Season 29 in the fall. Look back at all the Bachelor Nation alums who went “Dancing” before her.
The very first Bachelorette competed on the very first season of “Dancing with the Stars” in summer 2005. Partnered with Louis van Amstel, Sutter also has the dubious honor of being the first person to be eliminated from the U.S. version of the series, coming in sixth and last place.
Rycroft, who was dumped by Season 13 Bachelor Jason Mesnick for runner-up Molly Malaney on “After the Final Rose,” was a last-minute addition to the Season 8 cast in 2009 after Nancy O’Dell tore her meniscus days before the premiere. Rycroft, paired with Tony Dovolani, finished in third. They returned for the all-stars season in 2012 and won the Mirrorball trophy.
Pavelka was the first Bachelor to hoof it on “Dancing,” hitting Season 10 in spring 2010 right after the 14th edition of “The Bachelor.” He and Chelsie Hightower finished in seventh.
One of the most popular Bachelors, the Season 17 lead joined the 16th installment of “Dancing” in spring 2013 right after he popped the question to Catherine Giudici (he remains the only Bachelor to wed his final pick). Lowe and partner Peta Murgatroyd placed sixth.
Soules chose Whitney Bischoff on Season 19 of “The Bachelor” and went directly into “Dancing” Season 20 in spring 2015 with another W(h)itney: Witney Carson. They were eliminated in fifth place in a double elimination. Soules’ “Dancing” placement is the highest among the Bachelor Nation men.
Like the Bachelors-turned-wannabe dancers before him, the two-time “Bachelorette” runner-up immediately went on “Dancing” in spring 2017 following Season 21 of “The Bachelor.” Peta Murgatroyd got her second Bachelor partner, and they were axed in sixth place in a double elimination.
Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile
A “Bachelorette” Season 14 and “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 5 fan favorite, Grocery Store Joe was the male Bachelor Nation contestant on “Dancing” who was not a titular Bachelor. Partnered with Jenna Johnson on Season 27 in fall 2018, he defied his two left feet and low scores to make it to sixth place.
After 10 years, “Dancing” finally recruited a female Bachelor Nation alum again, tapping the Season 15 Bachelorette for the 28th outing in fall 2019. Brown, who was paired with Alan Bersten, was the second Bachelorette to compete after Trista Sutter in the first season and was the second Bachelor Nation star to win after Melissa Rycroft.
The Season 11 Bachelorette will compete on the upcoming 29th season, scheduled to air in fall 2020 — five years after she says she was initially offered the show following “The Bachelorette.” In 2017, Bristowe claimed that “Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss blocked her from “Dancing” in 2015. Now, Bristowe — who flipped out alongside beau Jason Tartick when Chris Harrison told her she’d been cast during their interview on “The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons — Ever!” — “feels like a wrong has been made right.”