It’s time for Emily Maynard to present the final rose on this Sunday night’s “The Bachelorette” finale — or to walk away from both men. Brad Womack infamously did it his first time around on “The Bachelor” so Emily, who got engaged to Brad on his second time on the series, does have a precedent to follow if she decides not to accept either proposal.
“Coming into this, I didn’t think you could be in love with more than one person, but now I know how wrong I was,” Maynard recently told XfinityTV. “Even though it was in different ways, I could see my life going in three different [directions] between Sean [Lowe], Arie [Luydendyk, Jr.] and Jef [Holm]. It would have been three great lives, so it is really hard.”
It doesn’t help Emily decide when her father tells her that he doesn’t believe it is possible to love two men at the same time; while her mother cautions her that if she feels that way, she should not get engaged. And, according to Us Weekly, Emily doesn’t want to go through the same kind of heartache she experienced with Brad, so she was “hellbent” on not accepting a ring.
But from the promos for the episode, both men seem up for the idea of dropping down on one knee and asking Emily to spend the rest of her life with him. Jef tells Emily’s dad, “Meeting Emily and dating her has been incredible. I have completely fallen in love with her.” While Arie says, “I can’t imagine losing Emily. She is the love of my life. I will try everything I can to never lose her.”
Watch Arie’s Discussion with Emily’s Dad:
That said, it hasn’t stopped Internet rumors that Arie decides to walk away, leaving Jef to win by default. That sounds a little fishy, but here is what three of Emily’s former suitors have to say about the choice of Jef vs. Arie:
“Both guys are very good guys,” Sean says. “I get along with both of them equally. They both have very different qualities about them, but at the same time, they both have qualities that are similar. I can’t pick between the two, but I can say this, no matter which way she goes, Emily will be happy.”
Watch Jef’s Confession to Emily’s Dad:
For Ryan Bowers, the choice is obvious: “I would say that Jef is going to be a better fit for who I think she is. I don’t know her really well to know deeply who she is. I think he is genuine and a nice guy. I think him over Arie.”
And Chris Bukowski agrees, saying: “Me, Jef and Arie, once we started traveling, we were roommates. We would share the same room throughout all of our destinations. I know them better probably than any of the other guys do. They are unbelievable guys, but at the end of the day, I think Jef is the right guy for Emily. I think that his character and his family and his charisma is going to be the decisive factor in who she chooses. I think it is going to be Jef at the end of the day.”
Now that the season is coming to an end, speculation has begun on who the next “Bachelor” will be. If you watched the “Men Tell All,” it was obvious that the ladies in the audience were crazy for Sean, which has already led to stories that he — not Roberto Martinez as rumored — will be the next “Bachelor.” True? “It is going to boil down to how I feel and am I ready for that,” Sean told XfinityTV, pointing out that he hasn’t yet been asked. “As I told Chris Harrison, the whole process is emotionally taxing and it is kind of hard for me to say if I want to go through that again. But at the same time, I understand the process does work. I did fall in love. Obviously, it didn’t work out with Emily. Maybe it could work out with somebody else. If it comes up, I am definitely going to have to put a lot of thought behind it.”
Sean has plenty of time to think about his decision because the new season of “The Bachelor” won’t film for several months. Instead, “Bachelor Pad” will begin airing in “The Bachelorette” timeslot next Monday with three of this season’s bachelors taking part: Kalon McMahon, Tony Pieper, and Chris, who says, “The ‘Bachelor Pad’ is obviously a different animal than ‘The Bachelorette.’ I was on ‘The Bachelorette’ to find love. The ‘Bachelor Pad’ gives you the opportunity to maybe find love, but to win some money. At the end of the day, it wasn’t easy for me to go on ‘The Bachelor Pad,’ but it was the right decision. I am the happiest man in the world that I chose to go on ‘The Bachelor Pad.’” Hmmm. Sounds as if Chris may have found love or money!
To find out if Emily chooses Arie or Jef, tune in on Sunday night at 8/7c when the series finale of “The Bachelorette” airs on ABC. It will be followed by a live “After the Final Rose’ at 10 :05 p.m. when anything can happen!