The bachelor on "The Bachelor" has been the third-place finisher on "The Bachelorette" since 2013. In seasons previous to 2013, bachelors were sometimes eliminated earlier in the previous "Bachelorette" season or were lower-level celebrities. Usually, the bachelor is physically attractive or very likable among the female audience.
2013 bachelor Sean Lowe, 2014 bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis and 2015 bachelor Chris Soules all finished in third place on "The Bachelorette" before starring in "The Bachelor." Before 2013, the selection of bachelors was more varied. Some bachelors were runner-ups on "The Bachelorette," including Ben Flajnik on the 2012 season of "The Bachelor" and Jason Mesnick on the 2009 season. Other bachelors, including Bob Guiney in the fall of 2003 and Jake Pavelka in 2010, appeared on "The Bachelorette" and were chosen to star in "The Bachelor" despite leaving the former show much earlier than more recent bachelors.
Some bachelors never appeared on "The Bachelorette" at all before being cast for "The Bachelor." For example, Matt Grant was an English businessman that participated in a London-themed season of "The Bachelor" in 2008. Other non-"Bachelorette" participants already enjoyed a measure of fame before appearing on "The Bachelor," including Prince Lorenzo Borghese on the 2006 fall season and NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer on the 2004 spring season.