10 ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants With Franchise Connections (PHOTOS)

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10 ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants With Franchise Connections (PHOTOS)

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10 ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants With Franchise Connections (PHOTOS)

In recent seasons, the Bachelor producers have made a habit of bringing back one or two past contestants to shake things up.

While Becca Tilley and Nick Viall get attention — and, occasionally, criticism — for their history with the show, there are cast members whose franchise connections aren’t mentioned.

Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered on those secret Bachelor Nation friendships. Click through the gallery above!

10 ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants With Franchise Connections (PHOTOS)
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Sarah Vendal (Bachelor Season 21)

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Sarah Vendal (Bachelor Season 21)

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Connection: Amanda Stanton (Bachelor 20, Bachelor in Paradise 3)

Relationship: Friends? Though it's not clear how well these two know one another, they are both Orange County natives and attended a Bachelor viewing party together this season.   

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Elizabeth Sandoz (Bachelor Season 21)

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Elizabeth Sandoz (Bachelor Season 21)

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Connection: Jade Roper (Bachelor 19, Bachelor in Paradise 2)

Relationship: Childhood best friend. As the story goes, Liz was maid of honor in Jade and Tanner’s wedding, hooked up with Nick, and then returned to date him on Season 21.

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Whitney Fransway (Bachelor Season 21)

Whitney Fransway (Bachelor Season 21)

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Connection: JoJo Fletcher (Bachelor 20, Bachelorette 12)

Relationship: Mutual friends. Whitney used to date Most Eligible Dallas alum Matt Nordgren, who’s buddies with JoJo’s ex, Chad Rookstool.

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Danielle Maltby (Bachelor Season 21)

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Danielle Maltby (Bachelor Season 21)

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Connection: Wells Adams (Bachelorette 12, Bachelor in Paradise 3)

Relationship: Industry pals. As fellow Nashvillians, Wells and Danielle run in the same group of music industry friends — her as a model that appears in Cole Swindell videos, him as a radio DJ.

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Lauren Hussey (Bachelor Season 21)

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Lauren Hussey (Bachelor Season 21)

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Connection: Nick Peterson (Bachelorette 7, Bachelor Pad 3, Bachelor in Paradise 2)

Relationship: Friends. According to Michael Garofola, Lauren and Nick are longtime friends and he only has great things to say about her.

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Grant Kemp (Bachelorette Season 12)

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Grant Kemp (Bachelorette Season 12)

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Connection: Jen Green (producer)

Relationship: Exes. This one’s a little bit of a stretch, but sources say Grant was cast through connections from his then-girlfriend, Jen, whom he later dumped to go on the show.

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JoJo Fletcher (Bachelor Season 20)

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JoJo Fletcher (Bachelor Season 20)

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Connection: Jake Pavelka (Bachelorette 5, Bachelor 14)

Relationship: Family friends. As a fellow Dallas native, Jake has been close with JoJo and her brothers for years — as demonstrated by his role of an advisor on her Bachelorette premiere.

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Jami Letain (Bachelor Season 20)

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Jami Letain (Bachelor Season 20)

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Connection: Kaitlyn Bristowe (Bachelor 19, Bachelorette 11)

Relationship: Coworkers. Kaitlyn and Jami used to work together at North Vancouver’s Cactus Club restaurant, and remained close afterwards.

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Ryan McDill (Bachelorette Season 8)

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Ryan McDill (Bachelorette Season 8)

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Connection: Nikki Ferrell (Bachelor 18)

Relationship: Exes. Before he got drunk and “horned up” in Kaitlyn’s Bachelorette premiere, Ryan dated Nikki sometime between 2012 and 2013.

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Carly Waddell (Bachelor Season 19)

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Carly Waddell (Bachelor Season 19)

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Connection: Zak Waddell (Bachelorette 9)

Relationship: Siblings. Though her big brother Zak didn’t find love on Desiree’s season, Carly stuck it out through three franchise shows to find her future hubby, Evan Bass!

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In recent seasons, the Bachelor producers have made a habit of bringing back one or two past contestants to shake things up.

While Becca Tilley and Nick Viall get attention — and, occasionally, criticism — for their history with the show, there are cast members whose franchise connections aren’t mentioned.

Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered on those secret Bachelor Nation friendships. Click through the gallery above!