The Bachelor: 10 most awkward and dramatic seasons in franchise history

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Season 20: Ben Higgins

A lot of fans were shocked when Ben Higgins said “I love you” to not just one, but to two women on his season. Both JoJo Fletcher and Lauren Bushnell were surprised to hear him say it because as past seasons have shown, it’s typically the contestant who says it to the Bachelor first.

Season 21: Nick Viall

Jasmine Goode and Nick Viall were clearly not on the same page when Jasmine resorted to choking him. Yes, choking him. When she found out that he hadn’t chosen her to go on a 1-on-1 date with him, she just sort of went for it.

Nick awkwardly laughed and answered that he hadn’t ever been choked before.

Well, then.

Season 22: Arie Luyendyk Jr.

With Arie Luyendyk Jr. announced as the Bachelor back in Season 22, you’d think the women on his season would be okay with racing cars, or even just being in cars. During one of the group dates, Arie had planned a bumper car date, but contestant Annaliese Puccini couldn’t handle it without profusely crying.

I think what made this awkward to watch as the viewer was how reluctant the other women were in responding and how Arie tried to console her. Also, let’s rewind to how The Bachelor producers edited it to show a “flashback” to her childhood. Laugh out loud.

After Arie chose Becca Kufrin, they continued seeing each other during their “secret dates”. However, during one of them, he told Becca he didn’t want to be with her on camera and wanted to be with runner-up Lauren Burnham instead.


To make it worse, he asked Becca if he could give her a hug. Why? Just…why?

This takes us back to Season 13 of The Bachelor when lead Jason Mesnick dumped Melissa Rycroft for runner-up Molly Malaney on national television. But hey, they now have one daughter together–so there’s that!