Brooks and Desiree
After last week's drama on The Bachelorette, the final week in Europe proved to be pretty tame.
On Monday's episode, Desiree and her five remaining men headed to Madeira, where she got some girl time with her fellow Bachelorettes from Sean's season and had some romantic time with almost all the guys. But which one stood out by being the first to say "I love you?" And who was let go — and immediately called his mom? Host Chris Harrison shares his insight on the week leading into the big hometown dates.
Drew and Desiree
The James drama finally came to a head on The Bachelorette Monday, leading to a big confrontation between the guys and, ultimately, his exit. After Drew's incredible one-on-one date with Desiree that earned him a rose, he decided to inform her about James' comments last week. Des later confronted James about everything, still kept him around after the group date, but then decided it was his time to go. Did Des make the right choice in cutting him? And should Drew have told Desiree about the drama in the first place? Plus: What record did the episode set? Host Chris Harrison explains all.
Desiree Hartsock and Ben
Talk about an awkward week on The Bachelorette. First Bryden tells Desiree he's going to leave the show — while she's middle of a date with someone else — and then during their two-on-one date, Michael berates Ben until Ben has to take a breather outside. Finally, the men have had enough of James and plan to tell Des he's not there for the right reasons, but once the cocktail party is cancelled and there's no time for the guys to talk to her, he survives another week. Does Chris Harrison believe the guys or does he side with James? And does he think she made the right move on the two-on-one date? Plus: Why is he skeptical of Brooks?
The people behind The Bachelor are taking matchmaking one step further by introducing a new dating app called At First Sight.
"[Bachelor creator] Mike Fleiss and I have always talked about creating a dating website because over the years thousands of people have come up to me asking questions," host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com. "Not everyone can be on The Bachelorette and Bachelor, so we wanted to do something for the masses. We've taken what we've learned from the show over the last 11 years and... the best parts of social media and have put them all together."
James, Desiree Hartsock
The Bachelorette is usually lighthearted and full of fun, but this week's episode, which incorporated the tragedy caused by Hurricane Sandy, had a more serious tone.
As part of the episode's one-on-one date, Desiree and James headed to the New Jersey shore where they met a couple whose home was destroyed and who had to celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary in a Red Cross shelter. Des and James then gave the couple their date and instead spent their night grabbing pizza and eventually joining the couple for a private concert by Darius Rucker.
Brian and Desiree
A week after rapping about being on The Bachelorette for "the right reasons," one suitor proved he was the opposite but genuine when his girlfriend showed up to confront him.
On Monday's episode, Brian's apparent girlfriend Stephanie came to the mansion to confront him for being on the show. (She says she just thought her boyfriend was merely going away on a trip.) Joining the ranks of Wes from Jillian's season, Justin from Ali's season and Bentley from Ashley's season, Brian showed he had ulterior motives and was ultimately dismissed for his dishonesty.
We never thought we'd discuss The Bachelorette and Soulja Boy in the same sentence. Nevertheless, worlds collided when the rapper helped Desiree and some of her men make a rap video mocking the notorious claim that some contestants aren't on the show for "the right reasons." In our weekly chat with host Chris Harrison, he shares the behind-the-scenes scoop on making the music video and explains why frontrunner Ben is causing a stir in the house. Plus: Is the preview for next week's girlfriend scandal a red herring?
Desiree Hartsock, Chris Harrison
Another Bachelorette premiere and another guy kicked out of the house before the very first rose ceremony.
On the Season 9 premiere on Monday, Desiree met the 25 men along on her journey to find love, but almost immediately realized one of them was definitely not for her. After asking Des to join him in the fantasy suite, Jonathan was swiftly given the boot.
The Bachelorette's Desiree: This is definitely a sexy season
"He was a good sacrificial lamb to set the tone for the season, because Des was able to look everyone in the eye and say, 'Don't mess with me. I want to have fun, but you better treat me like a lady or I will cut your balls off,'" host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com.
Catherine and Sean
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about the season finale of The Bachelor. Read at your own risk.]
The most successful Bachelor season in years ended with Sean Lowe finding love and proposing to Catherine. Although both Catherine and Lindsay got off to slow starts with Sean — Catherine was barely given screen time and Lindsay arrived overzealously in a wedding dress — the two women proved to be exactly what Sean was looking for. In the end, Sean chose Seattle graphic designer Catherine and so far, the couple is still together. Does host Chris Harrison think they'll make it down the aisle? What does he think about Sean doing Dancing with the Stars? And how about Desiree as the new Bachelorette? Read on for all that and more!
Desiree Hartsock didn't find love with Sean on The Bachelor, but she'll get to try again as the star of next season's installment of The Bachelorette.