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The New Bachelorette Is Revealed!

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Desiree Hartsock Is the New Bachelorette

Originally posted 03/11/2013 11:10PM

Meet the new Bachelorette!

She started out as one of 26 women vying for Sean Lowe's heart on The Bachelor, but now fan favorite Desiree Hartsock (known affectionately as Des) will be calling the shots this summer as the latest star of The Bachelorette.

"I just can't even believe I'm here. With the support of everyone, it's just such a blessing," she said after Chris Harrison announced her on Monday's After the Final Rose special. "I could never have imagined signing up for The Bachelor and having this opportunity."

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The Bachelor: Sean Proposes to Catherine | Sean Lowe

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The Bachelor: Sean Lowe Proposes to Catherine Giudici

Originally posted 03/11/2013 10:15PM

After a televised journey that started with 26 women, it came down to just two for The Bachelor's Sean Lowe: Catherine Giudici and Lindsay Yenter.

Going into the finale in Thailand, Sean, 29, was still undecided. But by the end of Monday's two-hour finale, he had made his decision.

After introducing both women to his family and going on one more romantic date with each of them, Sean proposed to graphic designer Catherine, 26, in the emotional season finale.

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How Chris Harrison Nearly Spoiled the Bachelor Finale (for Himself)

Chris Harrison Sizes Up The Bachelor Finale

Originally posted 03/11/2013 05:00PM

With another eyebrow-raising (literally!) season of The Bachelor coming to a close Monday, PEOPLE interrogated host Chris Harrison about the pros and cons of Sean Lowe's final two, the mysterious letter that leaves him teary-eyed in finale promos and his pick for the next Bachelorette.

The finale promos show you handing a note to Sean on decision day. Have you seen anyone guess the letter's author or intent correctly? Is it as big a deal as they have made it appear?
No one has guessed even close to what it is or whom it is from. It is extremely impactful and plays a major role in how the finale plays out as it comes right before Sean is about to make his final decision. I didn't know what it said. It was burning a hole in my pocket in the 30 minutes we had to set up me giving it to him. I was in a room by myself, it wasn't sealed and the nosy 12-year-old in me was like, "I could so read this right now." But out of respect, I didn't.

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What You Didn't See on The Bachelor's Women Tell All

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The Bachelor's Women Tell All: What You Didn't See on TV

Originally posted 03/05/2013 11:00AM

In his dressing room before The Bachelor's Women Tell All taping in Hollywood, Sean Lowe was excited – even giddy – about seeing the bevy of beauties he'd dated throughout his televised wife-finding mission. But after taking the hot seat next to host Chris Harrison, the Texan was in for a surprise.

"That was rougher than I expected," Lowe, 29, told PEOPLE exclusively after cameras stopped rolling. "And more awkward. ... It was harder than I thought it'd be to see them all in person again. Glad I only have to do that once."

Not all the drama captured on almost five hours of tape could fit into the two-hour timeslot. Here's what you didn't see on TV:

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The Bachelor: Sean's Defense Against AshLee's 'Attack'

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The Bachelor's Sean Lowe Blogs About Women Tell All

Originally posted 03/05/2013 07:30AM

Sean Lowe is the star of season 17 of The Bachelor, which airs Mondays on ABC. The hunky Dallas businessman and entrepreneur is blogging about his romantic journey for PEOPLE.com.

I may be the only man in the history of The Bachelor who has been excited for the Women Tell All special. I had nothing but great memories of all the women, and I was genuinely happy to see them. I felt like I was always direct and honest when I sent them home, so I really had nothing to fear.

Walking out and taking a seat in front of the women was such a surreal experience. Having 20-plus "exes" in the same room is a bit daunting, but I was happy to see them nonetheless.

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Bachelor Sean Lowe Explains 'Agonizing' Decision to Send AshLee Home

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UpdatePosted 02/26/2013 03:00PM

The Bachelor's Sean Lowe Blogs About Sending AshLee Home

Originally posted 02/26/2013 11:00AM

Sean Lowe is the star of season 17 of The Bachelor, which airs Mondays on ABC. The hunky Dallas businessman and entrepreneur is blogging about his romantic journey for PEOPLE.com.

I knew my week in Thailand would be difficult. This was the week on The Bachelorette that Emily Maynard sent me home in Curacao, so it conjured up feelings of heartbreak. I also knew as The Bachelor I would have to do the same thing to one of the final three women, whom I cared for deeply. And I felt the stress of caring for each woman equally.

I had hoped that I would have a clear favorite by that point, but that wasn't the case. The final three all had a piece of my heart and it was up to me to figure out who was best suited for me.

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Sean Lowe: Tierra Made Me Feel Like 'Such a Fool'

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Sean Lowe: Tierra Made Me Feel Like 'Such a Fool'

Originally posted 02/20/2013 12:15PM

No regrets? Not so fast.

In his PEOPLE.com blog, The Bachelor's Sean Lowe has written about how he never saw Tierra LiCausi behaving badly – despite what the other women told him about the controversial contestant, who is now engaged.

But after watching, Sean realized the women were right.

"Man, I was such a fool," Sean, told host Chris Harrison on Sean Tells All special Tuesday night. "I really do feel like I was duped."

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The Bachelor's Chris Harrison Believes Tierra Is 'Sincere'

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The Bachelor's Chris Harrison Believes Tierra Is 'Sincere'

Originally posted 02/15/2013 04:55PM

She was the villain of The Bachelor – and one of the biggest lightning rods in the ABC franchise's history – but the host of the show thinks Tierra LiCausi was genuine on the show ... for better or worse.

"She's sincere," Chris Harrison told PEOPLE Thursday. "People will think [the way she acts is] fake or it's made up. It's not. This is how she goes about finding a man. Once you shine a light on it and put a camera on it, it's not attractive, but that's how she does it."

And apparently she's found one! (Just not Bachelor Sean Lowe.)

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Sean Lowe: I'm Concerned I'm Wasting My Time on The Bachelor

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The Bachelor: Sean Lowe Blogs About His Montana Dates

Originally posted 02/05/2013 08:15AM

Sean Lowe is the star of season 17 of The Bachelor, which airs Mondays on ABC. The hunky Dallas businessman and entrepreneur will be blogging about his romantic journey for PEOPLE.com.

I couldn't wait to start my week in Montana on The Bachelor. The L.A. dates were fun, but I wanted to get away and experience new things with the women.

Whitefish, Mont., is one of the coolest towns I have ever visited. The mountains, trees and rivers made this the perfect destination for romance. And I'm an outdoorsy guy, so I knew I would really connect with the women that shared a similar appreciation for nature.

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The Most Dramatic Bachelor Style News ... Ever

The Most Dramatic Bachelor Style News ... Ever

Originally posted 01/29/2013 12:50PM

Chris Harrison shares a big scoop with PEOPLE StyleWatch – can you guess what it is?

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