Sean Lowe has been named the next star of The Bachelor, People reports.
Lowe, 28, quickly became a fan favorite on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette before getting the boot just prior to the season finale. "I wanted it to be you so bad," she told him at the time of his elimination. "I thought it was the most emotional, heartfelt goodbye we've ever had," host Chris Harrison told TVGuide.com at the time.
Emily went on to choose Jef Holm over Arie Luyendyk Jr; the two are now engaged.
Emily Maynard, Jef Holm
After suffering heartbreak at an early age and a failed romance on The Bachelor, single mom Emily Maynard has finally gotten her happy ending.
On Sunday night's Bachelorette finale, viewers watched Emily say goodbye to Arie, with whom she had an intensely strong connection from the beginning, and hand out her final rose to Jef. And although host Chris Harrison was sure Emily would not get engaged just yet, she surprised him by saying yes.
The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard isn't the only one conflicted over which man she should choose. TVGuide.com users are too!
In a recent poll asking if Emily should choose Arie, Jef, neither or the recently eliminated Sean, voters were almost evenly split between the guys.
The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard began her journey with 25 men, but after axing cocky Ryan, awkward Doug, an Ostrich egg-carrying Travis and pompous Kalon (he of the "baggage" comment infamy), among others, the 26-year-old single mom has narrowed down the field to two men.
On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Emily sadly and tearfully said goodbye to Sean and even host Chris Harrison says he welled up watching their farewell.
"I just wanted to give the guy a hug and make it OK and give her a hug," Harrison tells TVGuide.com. "You'll see next week at the 'Men Tell All' he's still heartbroken."
Keep reading for more on Harrison's reaction to the fantasy dates, why he's proud of Emily and whose hot-seat conversation next week is extremely uncomfortable. Plus: Why did Emily ask to not watch the guys' video messages?
Emily, Sean, Arie and Jef arrive Curacao for a week of fantasy dates. Before the dates begin, Emily talks about her time with all the men. She says she immediately had a connection with Sean, who she says gives her butterflies. Jef, who rode in on a skateboard Night 1, "marches to his own drum," she says. He has an edge, but is also kind and thoughtful, which she loves. Then there's Arie, who Emily says she hit it off with right away. Emily tears up as she imagines her life with Arie and how much he would adore her.
Enough with the mushy stuff, let's get to the hot-and-steamy dates! Sean and Emily meet on the beach where they take off in a helicopter that transports them to a private island. They talk about their hometown date and a comment his family made about him treating his ex like a buddy, which raised a red flag for Emily. Sean explains that after a while he wasn't in love with his ex, but that it's not the love he's experiencing with Emily. Sean then stutters and doesn't yet say the "L" word to her directly. Sean changes the topic and they go off to snorkel in the ocean. That night Emily and Sean have a romantic dinner on the beach. Sean talks about how he's ready for a family and then pulls out a letter he wrote for Ricki.
"I hope to honor you by loving your mom with every ounce of my being," he says. Emily melts as he continues to spout such meaningful words.
It's fantasy date week on The Bachelorette, but will single mom Emily offer up the overnight fantasy suite card?
The Bachelorette's Chris Harrison: "Emily narrowed it down to three phenomenal guys"
In the first clip from Monday's episode, Emily presents Jef with the offer, but he doesn't necessarily jump at the chance to spend a night alone with Emily. "That's a tough question to ask," Jef says.
The Bachelorette's Emily might've looked like cutting Chris was a tough decision, but host Chris Harrison says he had a feeling all along that she'd make that choice.
"I honestly could not see her with Chris, and Emily couldn't either," Harrison tells us. "The date itself went great, but it was clear the three other guys are spectacular and hard to beat."
It's hometown date week on The Bachelorette and Emily is headed to Chicago with Chris; St. George, Utah, with Jef; Scottsdale, Ariz., with Arie; and Dallas with Sean.
First, Emily spends some quality time with her daughter Ricki and imagines how each of the men would fit into their lives. She loves how sweet Chris is, that Jef has edge, the fun she has with Arie and how safe she feels with Sean.
Emily Maynard and Chris
On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Emily got not one, but two "I love you's." But just as the remaining men are falling hard, so is Emily — and it only gets tougher.
"We get to the end of hometowns and she realizes, 'Oh, crap. I can't be falling in love with four people when time is running out,'" host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com.
Keep reading for more from Harrison about Emily's split decision, Chris' meltdown and Sean's bold (and very hot) move. (For Harrison's thoughts on Arie's past relationship with a producer click here.)