During the course of the season, the bachelor eliminates candidates (see The elimination process), with the bachelor typically proposing marriage to his final selection.
The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and the conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. In practice, the show does not always follow its designed structure, and those variations are often a source of drama and conflict.
The other women learn that a woman has been eliminated when that woman's suitcase is taken away by a crew member.
A woman may withdraw from the competition at any time if she finds herself no longer interested in the bachelor.
Flajnik and Robertson originally broke up in February 2012 while their season was airing.
Michel did not propose to Marsh, but instead they entered into a relationship. Marsh is now married to her childhood friend, Jay Caldwell, and they have a daughter named Chloe.
Velvick and Jay Overbye started as two candidate bachelors. On the season's finale, Mesnick had called off the engagement with Rycroft, and resumed a relationship with runner-up Malaney.
The show's success has led producer Mike Fleiss to create multiple spin-offs, including The Bachelorette, in which the format is gender-reversed.
The bachelorettes are eliminated contestants from The Bachelor.