[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!
Before the final rose ceremony, Sean and his mother had an emotional talk. What did you think of the parental meetings overall?
Chris Harrison: You see where Sean gets his sincerity. The moments when both Lindsay and Catherine were with Sean's dad were incredible. He is just such a loving, well-spoken man; those were two of my favorite moments. With his mom, because both meetings went great, Sean expressed love for both of them and they were both so close, she was like, "Well if you love them both and they're both this perfect, then you're not ready to make a decision." And she was probably a little gun shy after Emily.
Why did you give Sean Catherine's letter after Lindsay's rejection?
Harrison: We knew Sean was picking Catherine so we wanted to get Lindsay out of the way because we knew that would be tough. As you've seen during the season, Catherine has this thing about giving Sean silly letters, but letters that meant a lot to him. She had come out of her shell and talked to him about how much she loved him. But after letting Lindsay go and [seeing] how upset he was, getting that final, very serious letter of affirmation about their life gave him confidence and peace of mind that he was doing the right thing and felt good about the proposal.
How tough was it watching Lindsay's goodbye?
Harrison: It was more brutal than in the past. I felt so uncomfortable and awkward and sad. You saw she was completely blind-sided, but she gathered herself very quickly and handled it with such grace and class. But you did see shades of AshLee in her. Sean has an affinity for feeling like it's his moment, but how much is too much in a breakup? He told Lindsay he loved her during their breakup! Lindsay was finally like, "Stop, I don't really want to hear this from you right now," and Sean kept going and going like, "I want you to know how hard this was." In Lindsay's own sweet way she was like, "I really could give a sh-- right now." Watching it back he may go, "I'm not really good at breaking up."
So what did you think of the proposal? chances for making it?
Harrison: The proposal was awesome. That reaction sums her up, and I think that's what Sean loves about her. She is a little more mature than her age. She has a deep and caring side, but at the same time she makes Sean smile. He lights up like the Fourth of July when he is around her.
What do you think about their chances of lasting as a couple?
Harrison: He had a lot of connections, but when I say her name or he's around her he's like a school boy. In the great couples I've seen come through like Ashley and J.P., they still act like that when they're around each other. It doesn't mean it's forever, but all I know is that Sean and Catherine have that it-factor now and that's all you can hope for.
How do you feel about Sean doing Dancing with the Stars?
Harrison: I understand it from Sean's perspective, but I got to be honest, I'm slightly disappointed. People are going to automatically think, "You are now a reality star and you are a fame whore," which is sad because that's not him. I wish him well and I think he'll win the thing, I just wish he had shown the world that he did The Bachelor for all the right reasons and he's ready to go back to his life with Catherine. If something possibly goes wrong with Catherine, people will think that's the reason. It opens himself up to stuff he didn't need right now. But, again, I get it.
Finally, how do you think Desiree will do as the new Bachelorette?
Harrison: The show is made for people like Sean and people like Desiree. You can drop Desiree in Texas, Arkansas, L.A., New York and people will relate to her and that's rare. She can be that everyday girl. She's smart and funny. I've gotten to know her since the show has wrapped, and she is adorable. People are going to love her.
And congratulations on launching your clothing line!
Harrison: I'm extremely proud of it and excited. From now on the clothes I wear on the show are going to be available online.
What did you think of the finale?