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The 9th season of The Bachelorette premiered on May 27, 2013. The season featured 27-year-old Desiree Hartsock, a bridal stylist.

She was previously rejected by Sean Lowe on the 17th season of The Bachelor.

She ultimately chose Chris Siegfried and accepted his proposal.

Filming and development[]


Casting began during the airing of the 8th season of the show, in 2012. Before the Bachelorette was chosen, one potential candidate, Misee Harris, a pediatric dentist from Tennessee, was vying to become the first black Bachelorette. Her social media campaign was covered in a number of major news outlets, including The Huffington Post. According to the website Jezebel, Harris had previously been selected to be a contestant on The Bachelor, only to not take the role for fear of being the 'token' black woman. At that point every star in all 25 combined seasons of The Bachelorette or The Bachelor had been Caucasian, with show producer Mike Fleiss stating to the media that non-caucasians simply didn't appear at the casting calls. Announced late in 2012, the selected Bachelorette was Desiree Hartsock (born 1986), a bridal stylist from Northglenn, Colorado. Like the Bachelorettes in the previous seasons, Hartsock had been a contestant on the 17th season of The Bachelor, having been sent home by Sean Lowe after the hometown dates episode in season 17. Misee Harris went on to work as a model and entrepreneur, founding a line of mouthguards and starting Project Smile, an organization that "focuses on promoting self-esteem in children". A contestant from season 9, soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis, became the first non-Caucasian star for the combined franchises the following year, appearing in season 18 of The Bachelor.


Filming began shortly after the season finale of The Bachelor, with many places including Atlantic City, New Jersey, the German state of Bavaria, Barcelona, Spain and the island of Madeira in Portugal. With appearances from Andy Grammer, Soulja Boy, Darius Rucker, Kate Earl and Matt White.


The season began with 25 contestants.

Future appearances[]

Juan Pablo Galavis was later chosen as the bachelor for the 18th season of The Bachelor.

Finalists Ben Scott, Brooks Forester, Zack Kalter and Robert Graham later competed on the 1st season of Bachelor in Paradise. They finished 23rd, 13th, 7th/12th and 5th/6th, respectively.

Dan Cox, Michael Garofola and Mikey Tenerelli returned in the 2nd season of Bachelor in Paradise. Garafola was eliminated in 26/27th, Cox quit in 17th, and Tenerelli quit in 15th.

Call-Out Order[]

# Bachelors Week
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Drew Ben Brooks Chris Zak W. Chris Drew Drew Brooks Drew Chris
2 Brooks Zak W. Ben Kasey James Brooks Zak W. Brooks Chris Chris Drew
3 Brad Bryden Bryden James Chris Michael G. Chris Chris Drew Brooks
4 Bryden Drew James Bryden Brooks Zak W. Brooks Zak W. Zak W.
5 Michael G. Nick M. Kasey Juan Pablo Juan Pablo Kasey Michael G. Michael G.
6 Kasey Michael G. Dan Zak W. Drew Juan Pablo James
Juan Pablo
7 Will Brandon Juan Pablo Brooks Michael G. Drew
8 Mikey T. Zack K. Brad Drew Ben James
9 Jonathan Will Chris Zack K. Kasey Mikey T.
10 Zak W. Brooks Brian Brad Bryden Ben
11 James Juan Pablo Zak W. Michael G. Mikey T. Bryden
12 Larry Brad Drew Mikey T. Zack K.
13 Nick R. Kasey Mikey T. Ben Brad
14 Zack K. James Zack K. Brandon
15 Diogo Robert Michael G.
16 Chris Brian Brandon Brian
17 Mike R. Dan Nick M.
18 Robert Chris
19 Juan Pablo Mikey T.
20 Brandon Diogo
Mike R.
Nick R.
21 Brian
22 Micah
23 Nick M.
24 Dan
25 Ben Jonathan
The contestant was given the first impression rose.
The contestant was given a rose during the date.
The contestant was given a rose outside of a rose ceremony or date.
The contestant was eliminated.
The contestant was eliminated during the date.
The contestant quit the competition
The contestant was was removed from the competition.
The contestant won the competition.


No. in season Title Original air date
1 "Week 1" May 27, 2013
The matchmaking series' ninth season kicks off with Desiree Hartsock moving into her new Malibu estate and meeting 25 potential suitors, which include a magician and a single father of a 4-year-old boy. She starts giving out roses early, and in the end the field is pared to 19 men.
2 "Week 2" June 3, 2013
The winner of the first one-on-one date joins Desiree for a day of wedding-theme events, which include a bridal-modeling session, a view of L.A. from the Hollywood sign and a VIP performance from singer-songwriter Andy Grammer. Later, 14 men shoot a rap video with Desiree and Soulja Boy; the group date takes place; and a pushy bachelor is dealt with. At the rose ceremony, the playing field is reduced to 16.
3 "Week 3" June 10, 2013
Desiree goes on two group dates with the 16 remaining bachelors. In the first, an intense game of dodgeball ends with a trip to the emergency room; in the second, five guys get a lesson from a Hollywood stunt coordinator, and the winner gets to attend a VIP movie screening with Desiree. Three men are sent home after the rose ceremony.
4 "Week 4: Atlantic City" June 17, 2013
The 13 remaining bachelors travel to Atlantic City with Desiree, who tours the boardwalk with one contender, visits Seaside Heights with another, and teams up with Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan, to put together a "Mr. America" pageant for 11 suitors. Also: One date includes a private concert by Darius Rucker. Eleven bachelors remain after the rose ceremony.
5 "Week 5: Munich, Germany" June 24, 2013
Desiree and the remaining 11 bachelors head to Munich, Germany, where surprising news interrupts a one-on-one date, a group outing involves sledding in the German Alps and a two-on-one date gets personal. Three suitors are sent home after the rose ceremony.
6 "Week 6: Barcelona, Spain" July 1, 2013
Desiree and the eight remaining bachelors head to Barcelona, where a group outing to the RCD Espanyol football stadium ends in an intense fight. Also: One bachelor throws another under the bus; Desiree takes one guy to an art studio. Three contenders are sent home after the rose ceremony.
7 "Week 7: Madeira, Portugal" July 8, 2013
The five remaining bachelors sail to Madeira Island, Portugal, with Desiree, who enjoys one-on-one dates that include a picnic, dinner on a deserted island and a toboggan ride. Also: A two-on-one date involves go-kart racing. The Final Four contenders are revealed after the rose ceremony.
8 "Week 8: Hometowns" July 15, 2013
Desiree visits the Top 4 contenders' hometowns. One suitor treats her to a snow-cone-truck adventure; another shows his devotion to his family; a third bachelor takes her out for a day of baseball; and another considers his mother's advice about Desiree. Three suitors remain after the rose ceremony.
9 "The Men Tell All" July 22, 2013
Desiree and several of her suitors reflect on the season. Included: footage of the cast crashing fans' viewer parties; advice from former Bachelorettes on dealing with troublesome guys; viewer questions; bloopers; and a sneak peek at the finale. Also: Desiree faces one of the men she rejected; the bachelors confront some of their controversial competitors.


10 "Week 9: Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda" July 29, 2013
The final three bachelors visit the Caribbean island of Antigua with Desiree, who takes a romantic road trip along the coastline with one suitor and goes on a private helicopter ride with another.
11 "Finale" August 5, 2013
Desiree meets with her two remaining suitors and makes her decision in the Season 9 conclusion.
12 "After The Final Rose" August 5, 2013
Desiree recaps the season in a live interview with host Chris Harrison. She then reunites with her three finalists, who give their take on the outcome of the show.

Where are they now?[]

She ultimately chose Chris Siegfried and accepted his proposal. Hartsock and Siegfried were married on January 18, 2015. Desiree and Chris currently live in Seattle, Washington. On April 27, 2016, they announced that they are expecting their first child, a boy. They welcomed their son, Asher Wrigley Siegfried, on October 19, 2016. Their second son, Zander Cruz, was born on January 12, 2019.

Robert Graham dated Becca Tilley from the 19th and 20th season of The Bachelor. They broke up in May 2017 after starting a relationship in 2016.

In August 2017, Juan Pablo married Venezuelan model Osmariel Villalobos.

Zak Waddell married Elizabeth Waddell in 2015. They welcomed their first child, a son, Finn Louis, on August 28, 2017. Zak's sister Carly Waddell became a contestant on the 19th season of The Bachelor and the 2nd season of Bachelor in Paradise.

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