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Best Bachelor Contestants Of Recent History

Farmer Chris's season of The Bachelor is starting shooting on September 23, and we can only hope his girls are as awesome as these ones.

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Farmer Chris is a nice enough guy, but there's a reason people call him Farmer Chris. Most of his screen time on The Bachelorette was spent pondering whether anyone would want to move to Iowa.

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Of course, the only way to make sure we're not stuck with 8 episodes of Iowa talk is to cast some awesome girls alongside Chris Soules. Reality Steve has already started spoiling the girls, but will any of them rock as hard as these 10 superstars?

10. Andi Dorfman

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Lawyer Andi had a real job and ombré hair. But most importantly, she gave Juan Pablo a verbal smackdown right when we were all the most tired of him.

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She went on to be the Bachelorette, where she wore some great coats and fell for Josh Murray, and it was all very nice.

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But the most fun relationship to watch is her friendship with Dog-Lover Kelly and awesome-girl-who's-on-this-list-later Sharleen.

9. Molly Mesnik

When single father Jason was the Bachelor, all the girls went overboard trying to convince him they'd be great moms. But Molly kept it real about being uncertain - and he liked it! Instead they bonded about actually having life stuff in common.
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When single father Jason was the Bachelor, all the girls went overboard trying to convince him they'd be great moms. But Molly kept it real about being uncertain - and he liked it! Instead they bonded about actually having life stuff in common.

No matter how many times Team Bachelor calls a reunion the most dramatic ever, this one took the cake. After Jason sent Molly home, he broke up with finalist Melissa to get Molly back. Contestants never break out of the traditional Bachelor narrative like this.
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No matter how many times Team Bachelor calls a reunion the most dramatic ever, this one took the cake. After Jason sent Molly home, he broke up with finalist Melissa to get Molly back. Contestants never break out of the traditional Bachelor narrative like this.

But their relationship stuck! Molly and Jason got married and had a baby and that part was thoroughly non-dramatic.
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But their relationship stuck! Molly and Jason got married and had a baby and that part was thoroughly non-dramatic.

8. Ashley Spivey

On the show, Ashley didn't leave a big legacy. Her most memorable moment was when she went on a two-on-one with her best friend, future Bachelorette Ashley H. Which just goes to show how much The Bachelor can edit the personality out of a contestant.
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On the show, Ashley didn't leave a big legacy. Her most memorable moment was when she went on a two-on-one with her best friend, future Bachelorette Ashley H. Which just goes to show how much The Bachelor can edit the personality out of a contestant.

Because her recaps for all the shows in the Bachelor franchise both on ABC's website and on her own blog, Say No to Cosmo, were unbelievably funny and self-effacing.
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Because her recaps for all the shows in the Bachelor franchise both on ABC's website and on her own blog, Say No to Cosmo, were unbelievably funny and self-effacing.

She stopped writing them unfortunately, even though she'll still tweet about the show from time to time. Ugh, Ashley, we miss your recaps. Bring them back. They were the best. (Even if ABC stopped paying you. Terrible decision on their part.)
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She stopped writing them unfortunately, even though she'll still tweet about the show from time to time. Ugh, Ashley, we miss your recaps. Bring them back. They were the best. (Even if ABC stopped paying you. Terrible decision on their part.)

7. Gia Allemand

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Who would have thought a swimsuit model would be so funny and smart? She even made us want to like Jake Pavelka again.

A feat with, unfortunately, even she couldn't pull off. Though she sadly passed away, she remains one of the most awesome girls to ever lose on Bachelor Pad (which translates to winning at life.)
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A feat with, unfortunately, even she couldn't pull off. Though she sadly passed away, she remains one of the most awesome girls to ever lose on Bachelor Pad (which translates to winning at life.)

6. Clare Crawley

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Clare was great TV. She wore her heart on her sleeve and went after what she wanted. Aggressive girls always get unfairly bad edits.

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Clare garnered a lot of boring controversy when she supposedly had sex in the ocean with undeserving Bachelor Juan Pablo. If she had, she'd be even more awesome. Get it, girl. Since she didn't, we'll settle for her just being hilarious.

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Congrats on not "winning" Juan Pablo, Clare. Keep on being the best. If you're still single, come back to Bachelor in Paradise next season.

5. Jillian Harris

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The Canuck charmed all of us on Jason's season with her hot dog theory. She was silly and fun and she wore great boots. She was sincere and snark-free, but never annoying. Basically a living romcom heroine.

Jillian went on to be the Bachelorette, where she was incredibly ahead of the game fashionwise. The first time we saw her wear a romper back in 2009, we thought she was crazy. And then they were EVERYWHERE.
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Jillian went on to be the Bachelorette, where she was incredibly ahead of the game fashionwise. The first time we saw her wear a romper back in 2009, we thought she was crazy. And then they were EVERYWHERE.

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Jillian is still killing it at life, posting pictures of her adorable dog and her adorable clothes on her adorable Instagram.

4. Michelle Money

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Back on Brad's season, Michelle got a villain edit unabashedly going after Brad...the guy she was supposed to be going after.

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The curse of being an aggressive girl on this show! If the other girls are threatened, they'll talk s#!t about you, and there's plenty of material for the producers to use to make you look bad.

But Michelle Money is clearly the best. She's got great personal style, she's funny and loyal, and she did all those girls' hair, no matter how mean they were. Because she is a professional hairstylist, dammit!
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But Michelle Money is clearly the best. She's got great personal style, she's funny and loyal, and she did all those girls' hair, no matter how mean they were. Because she is a professional hairstylist, dammit!

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And the producers knew it. So they brought her back for Bachelor Pad AND Bachelor in Paradise, where she won our hearts by playing the Greek chorus (aka hilariously narrating everything in her ITMs.) She made Graham Bunn, her Bachelor Pad date, into her real life best friend, which is a thing only cool girls can pull off. And she finally fell for Cody Sattler on Bachelor in Paradise. It was the best.

3. Courtney Robertson

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The hilarious "villain" of Ben's season was also one of the funniest girls in Bachelor history.

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The other girls hated her for her barbed remarks about how boring they were. And also because Bachelor Ben was clearly so into her.

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Hey, nobody would want to compete against her for a man - but everybody would want to watch her on TV.

2. Emily Maynard

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Emily was like your favorite Barbie doll - she was insanely pretty and she had the best hair, but she also had a detailed backstory and all the boys liked her. After her fiancé was tragically killed in a plane crash, Emily was left a single mother of an adorable daughter. FEELINGS.

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Emily "won" Brad Womack's heart on his season, but they broke up because she was too awesome for him. So she went on to star in one of the best ever seasons of The Bachelorette.

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She was tough, she was honest, and she seriously fan-girled when she met Dolly Parton.

As any of us would.
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As any of us would.

1. Sharleen Joynt

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Sharleen was the most awkward Bachelor contestant ever, because being on that show would be the most awkward experience of anybody's life. Sharleen may have been the only contestant to so actively call that out.

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She was cool, and weird, and funny, and she had great clothes. Juan Pablo was all about her, and the other girls didn't know what to make of her.

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Sharleen is the girl who makes fun of The Bachelor on the couch in her sweatpants with a glass of wine...and then actually goes on The Bachelor. She's amazing. She is us. We are her. Let's all go get a classy opera drink together, Sharleen.

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Let me know in the comments who I missed! (I also have a soft spot for Free Spirit Lucy.)

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