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In 25 seasons, we’ve seen pilots, doctors, actors (and someone who calls himself a prince) passing out roses to lucky suitors. We’ve seen ladies rebound from awkward exits and step right back into the cocktail party — this time as the lead on The Bachelorette. And although we’ve fallen in and out of love with many of them, People Magazine took it to the (uh) people to find out who the best Bachelor or Bachelorette of all time is.

For those of you who read the title, you’ve likely discerned that Sean Lowe was ranked the numero uno Bachelor-o. With 40% of the vote, the Season 17 Bachelor took readers’ hearts on a journey to the top.

So, who came in second? The OG matriarch of the whole Nation, Trista Sutter, who took 31% of the vote. Also ranking in the top were Season 6 Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Season 5 Bachelorette Jillian Harris — both of whom weighed in as favorite for 17% of the pop. Rounding out the top of the class were Season 13 papa Jason Mesnick, who sloughed off the hate glow that came from ditching his chosen one, and Season 3 hottie Andrew Firestone.

Wow! We certainly agree that all those folks deserve a rose-shaped throne, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t surprised about some omissions from the list. Paging Emily Maynard and Ashley Hebert...

Source: People Magazine print edition