What Happened To Iggy On Rachel's Season Of 'The Bachelorette' Killed His Chances Of Winning Her Heart

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On The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, there are dozens of people vying for the heart of a single person, so, as the season goes on, most of them don't even get the chance to have one-on-one time with the person they're attempting to find love with. But now, there's Bachelor in Paradise, a more democratic second chance for some of those who are short-changed on screentime, like Iggy Rodriguez, from Rachel's season. And what happened to Iggy on The Bachelorette explains why he never got the chance to make much of an impression. His mistake was a classic Bachelorette one that's tripped up a lot of former contestants on the show.

In the middle of Rachel's Bachelorette season, around the fourth and fifth episodes, the romance started to take a backseat to the politics of which guys deserved or really wanted to be there. And, while Iggy did seem genuine in his desire to be on the show, all he could talk about was the drama. Every time Iggy met up with Rachel, he had a comment about someone else, and, at least on camera, rarely made the time to talk about his and Rachel's own connection. Rookie mistake — because once the dramatic members of the cast were cut, there was nothing for Iggy to talk about, and no relationship to build on.  

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In an interview with Glamour from before he filmed The Bachelorette, Iggy's prior relationships were brought up as the reason why he turned to reality TV to find a new person to date. "Sometimes I don’t make as much time [for my personal relationships] as I should," Iggy said. "I’ve always been interested in the way that the scenario is put together. You spend so much time trying to find someone where people say, 'Yeah, that person is great,' ... but it takes a lot of time to uncover those intricacies." He was excited to do some "hyper-charged" speed dating. Maybe Bachelor in Paradise is the perfect place to Iggy to find love, then, because he'll be forced to take a vacation from his work — the primary distraction from his relationships, he said — and there will be way more women to meet and get to know.

Of course, Iggy should keep in mind to avoid chastising other contestants the way he wasted his time criticizing Eric during Rachel's season. After all, Eric made it to the final three, spent way more time with Rachel, and in a very impressive speech during the finale, talked about how Rachel helped him grow up. By getting vulnerable and talking about his flaws to the other guys in the house, including Iggy, Eric was preparing himself to fall in love for what he said was the first time in his life. Hopefully, in Paradise, Iggy will pay more attention to the women he meets, and less to everything else. If not, Iggy could wind up exactly where he was during Rachel's season of The Bachelorette — sitting around the house for a few episodes before being sent home.