From Trista to JoJo, a Definitive Ranking of ‘Bachelorette’ Seasons (PHOTOS)

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From Trista to JoJo, a Definitive Ranking of ‘Bachelorette’ Seasons (PHOTOS)

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From Trista to JoJo, a Definitive Ranking of ‘Bachelorette’ Seasons (PHOTOS)

Jillian Harris, Emily Maynard, JoJo Fletcher — we all have our favorites.

Bachelorette seasons, of course! These ladies are much easier to love than their Bachelor brothers, seeing as they’re all accomplished women truly looking for love.

Hey, that’s why their relationships usually all work out, right? So we’re breaking down the 12 previous Bachelorettes, rating the stars on their merits before, during, and after their reigns.

Click through the photos for our definitive ranking through the years.

From Trista to JoJo, a Definitive Ranking of ‘Bachelorette’ Seasons (PHOTOS)
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12. Meredith Phillips, Season 2

Meredith Phillips, Season 2

Pre-Season: 3. Points for being the runner-up for history’s wildest Bachelor, Bob Guiney.

During: 3. We can’t really remember much of her or her relationship with winner Ian McKee.

Post-Season: 3. Meredith was admirably honest about her battle with alcoholism, but she also (understandably) fell off the map.

Total Score: 9

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12. Meredith Phillips, Season 2

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Pre-Season: 3. Points for being the runner-up for history’s wildest Bachelor, Bob Guiney.

During: 3. We can’t really remember much of her or her relationship with winner Ian McKee.

Post-Season: 3. Meredith was admirably honest about her battle with alcoholism, but she also (understandably) fell off the map.

Total Score: 9

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11. Jen Schefft, Season 3

Jen Schefft, Season 3

Pre-Season: 3. Jen was the first gal to upgrade from a broken Bachelor engagement (to Andrew Firestone) to the Bachelorette role. 

During: 5. In a real nail-biter of a finale, Jen chose Jerry Ferris, only to turn around and reject his proposal.

Post-Season: 2. All we’ve heard about Jen since 2005 is she moved to the suburbs with her husband and two kids.

Total Score: 10

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11. Jen Schefft, Season 3

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Pre-Season: 3. Jen was the first gal to upgrade from a broken Bachelor engagement (to Andrew Firestone) to the Bachelorette role. 

During: 5. In a real nail-biter of a finale, Jen chose Jerry Ferris, only to turn around and reject his proposal.

Post-Season: 2. All we’ve heard about Jen since 2005 is she moved to the suburbs with her husband and two kids.

Total Score: 10

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10. Desiree Hartsock, Season 9

Desiree Hartsock, Season 9

Pre-Season: 3. Most of these points are for having an epic Hometown Date, where brother Nate terrified (to our delight) Sean Lowe.

During: 6. That brutal breakup from Brooks Forester still haunts our nightmares, but at least she found love with Chris Siegfried. She also brought us Juan Pablo, ugh.

Post-Season: 6. Des has had an impressive post-Bachelorette showing, with her bridal line, book, and her adorable family with Chris.

Total Score: 15

10. Desiree Hartsock, Season 9

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Pre-Season: 3. Most of these points are for having an epic Hometown Date, where brother Nate terrified (to our delight) Sean Lowe.

During: 6. That brutal breakup from Brooks Forester still haunts our nightmares, but at least she found love with Chris Siegfried. She also brought us Juan Pablo, ugh.

Post-Season: 6. Des has had an impressive post-Bachelorette showing, with her bridal line, book, and her adorable family with Chris.

Total Score: 15

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9. DeAnna Pappas, Season 4

DeAnna Pappas, Season 4

Pre-Season: 7. This was the season Brad rejected two women in the finale — DeAnna and Jenni Croft, aka drama!

During: 5. We never really thought things would work with snowboarder Jesse Csincsak.

Post-Season: 7. She snagged a Stagliano brother (Stephen) and has two little ones!

Total Score: 17

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9. DeAnna Pappas, Season 4

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Pre-Season: 7. This was the season Brad rejected two women in the finale — DeAnna and Jenni Croft, aka drama!

During: 5. We never really thought things would work with snowboarder Jesse Csincsak.

Post-Season: 7. She snagged a Stagliano brother (Stephen) and has two little ones!

Total Score: 17

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8. Ali Fedotowsky, Season 6

Ali Fedotowsky, Season 6

Pre-Season: 4. Let’s be real, we never thought Ali was going to end up with Jake Pavelka — she chose Facebook over him!

During: 7. From Frank’s heartbreaking exit to Justin “Rated R” to her proposal from (super hot) Roberto Martinez, it was a fun one.

Post-Season: 8. Let’s be real, Ali’s the model most Bachelorettes aspire towards, from her E! News gig to her sweet family with fiancé Kevin Manno and daughter Molly.

Total Score: 19

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8. Ali Fedotowsky, Season 6

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Pre-Season: 4. Let’s be real, we never thought Ali was going to end up with Jake Pavelka — she chose Facebook over him!

During: 7. From Frank’s heartbreaking exit to Justin “Rated R” to her proposal from (super hot) Roberto Martinez, it was a fun one.

Post-Season: 8. Let’s be real, Ali’s the model most Bachelorettes aspire towards, from her E! News gig to her sweet family with fiancé Kevin Manno and daughter Molly.

Total Score: 19

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7. Ashley Hebert, Season 7

Ashley Hebert, Season 7

Pre-Season: 5. We don’t recall much chemistry between Brad Womack and Ashley — or much of anything, really.

During: 6. Minus points for keeping stupid, mean Bentley around, but all the points for arguably the best final pick in now-hubby JP Rosenbaum.

Post-Season: 7. Ash and JP are the realest of real, with legit jobs as a dentist and construction manager in Miami, and two crazy cute kids. We could watch them all day!

Total Score: 18

7. Ashley Hebert, Season 7

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Pre-Season: 5. We don’t recall much chemistry between Brad Womack and Ashley — or much of anything, really.

During: 6. Minus points for keeping stupid, mean Bentley around, but all the points for arguably the best final pick in now-hubby JP Rosenbaum.

Post-Season: 7. Ash and JP are the realest of real, with legit jobs as a dentist and construction manager in Miami, and two crazy cute kids. We could watch them all day!

Total Score: 18

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6. Emily Maynard, Season 8

Emily Maynard, Season 8

Pre-Season: 7. The single mom was able to make even Brad Womack seem likable when he proposed to her his second time around.

During: 7. All thanks to her “West Virginia hoodrat” take down of Kalon McMahon, and the randomness of Jef Holm as a fiancé.

Post-Season: 6. Emily is totally Southern belle #lifeinspo for all of us, with her handsome hubby, sweet kids, and career as an author/jewelry designer.

Total Score: 20

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6. Emily Maynard, Season 8

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Pre-Season: 7. The single mom was able to make even Brad Womack seem likable when he proposed to her his second time around.

During: 7. All thanks to her “West Virginia hoodrat” take down of Kalon McMahon, and the randomness of Jef Holm as a fiancé.

Post-Season: 6. Emily is totally Southern belle #lifeinspo for all of us, with her handsome hubby, sweet kids, and career as an author/jewelry designer.

Total Score: 20

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5. Andi Dorfman, Season 10

Andi Dorfman, Season 10

Pre-Season: 8. Anyone who shuts down Juan Pablo to perfection is an A in our book!

During: 7. The competition between Josh and Nick was real! Seriously, never has a final two been so close.

Post-Season: 6. All points earned for that juicy tell-all, an honorary cast member of Bachelor in Paradise Season 3.

Total Score: 21

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5. Andi Dorfman, Season 10

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Pre-Season: 8. Anyone who shuts down Juan Pablo to perfection is an A in our book!

During: 7. The competition between Josh and Nick was real! Seriously, never has a final two been so close.

Post-Season: 6. All points earned for that juicy tell-all, an honorary cast member of Bachelor in Paradise Season 3.

Total Score: 21

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4. JoJo Fletcher, Season 12

JoJo Fletcher, Season 12

Pre-Season: 8. We love Lauren B., but JoJo was a shot of life on Ben Higgins’s season, and her honesty and style made her our total girl crush.

During: 7. It was Jordan Rodgers’s game from the start, but we still enjoyed the Chad Johnson-Evan Bass fun along the way.

Post-Season: 7. Haters be damned, JoJo and Jordan are still going strong and living a very glam life. Bonus points for her BFF-ship with Becca Tilley.

Total Score: 22

4. JoJo Fletcher, Season 12

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Pre-Season: 8. We love Lauren B., but JoJo was a shot of life on Ben Higgins’s season, and her honesty and style made her our total girl crush.

During: 7. It was Jordan Rodgers’s game from the start, but we still enjoyed the Chad Johnson-Evan Bass fun along the way.

Post-Season: 7. Haters be damned, JoJo and Jordan are still going strong and living a very glam life. Bonus points for her BFF-ship with Becca Tilley.

Total Score: 22

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3. Jillian Harris, Season 5

Jillian Harris, Season 5

Pre-Season: 6. We loved her but she was totally overshadowed by that Jason-Molly-Melissa mess.

During: 7. We really related to Jillian on her search for love — so much, we thought things would work out with Ed. 

Post-Season: 10. Pretty much perfect, from getting rid of Ed to snagging her own HGTV show and finding a hot, younger man. You go, girl!

Total Score: 23

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3. Jillian Harris, Season 5

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Pre-Season: 6. We loved her but she was totally overshadowed by that Jason-Molly-Melissa mess.

During: 7. We really related to Jillian on her search for love — so much, we thought things would work out with Ed. 

Post-Season: 10. Pretty much perfect, from getting rid of Ed to snagging her own HGTV show and finding a hot, younger man. You go, girl!

Total Score: 23

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2. Trista Sutter, Season 1

Trista Sutter, Season 1

Pre-Season: 8. She was so much more interesting than her Bachelor, Alex Michel. But she was the first!

During: 9. If you want to know what true love is, look no further than Trista and Ryan. These two are what every Bachelorette couple aspires to.

Post-Season: 9. Seriously, 11 years later and they’re still in love with two great kids and a successful book and DWTS gig under their belts. Plus, that wedding special guys!

Total Score: 26

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2. Trista Sutter, Season 1

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Pre-Season: 8. She was so much more interesting than her Bachelor, Alex Michel. But she was the first!

During: 9. If you want to know what true love is, look no further than Trista and Ryan. These two are what every Bachelorette couple aspires to.

Post-Season: 9. Seriously, 11 years later and they’re still in love with two great kids and a successful book and DWTS gig under their belts. Plus, that wedding special guys!

Total Score: 26

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1. Kaitlyn Bristowe, Season 11

Kaitlyn Bristowe, Season 11

Pre-Season: 8. She didn’t have a ton of chemistry with Chris Soules, but Kaitlyn sure was enjoyable to watch!

During: 10. The Nick Viall surprise, the Shawn-Nick feud, the accidental sex, the Amy Schumer guest appearance — this was a crazy fun, unexpected season from start to finish.

Post-Season: 7. Kait continues to break the rules, spoiling her own season on Snapchat, calling out Mike Fleiss on Twitter, and staying with her man Shawn.

Total Score: 27

1. Kaitlyn Bristowe, Season 11

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Pre-Season: 8. She didn’t have a ton of chemistry with Chris Soules, but Kaitlyn sure was enjoyable to watch!

During: 10. The Nick Viall surprise, the Shawn-Nick feud, the accidental sex, the Amy Schumer guest appearance — this was a crazy fun, unexpected season from start to finish.

Post-Season: 7. Kait continues to break the rules, spoiling her own season on Snapchat, calling out Mike Fleiss on Twitter, and staying with her man Shawn.

Total Score: 27

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Jillian Harris, Emily Maynard, JoJo Fletcher — we all have our favorites.

Bachelorette seasons, of course! These ladies are much easier to love than their Bachelor brothers, seeing as they’re all accomplished women truly looking for love.

Hey, that’s why their relationships usually all work out, right? So we’re breaking down the 12 previous Bachelorettes, rating the stars on their merits before, during, and after their reigns.

Click through the photos for our definitive ranking through the years.