02:06 PM EDT 05/20/2013
Originally posted 05/18/2013 02:30PM
After a hometown date from hell, The Bachelor's Sean Lowe withheld the rose from early frontrunner Desiree Hartsock.
The L.A.-based bridal stylist was devastated and the audience was stunned, but now the fan favorite will be the one handing out the flowers when The Bachelorette premieres May 27 on ABC.
Although she would not say if her TV journey ended in jewelry, Hartsock spoke to reporters this week about her suitors, strategies and surviving Sean.
Originally posted 05/10/2013 06:00PM
It's that eternal question that seems to plague every Bachelor and Bachelorette: Are their potential mates on the show there for "the right reasons?"
If this exclusive sneak peek at Desiree Hartsock as The Bachelorette is any indication, at least one of her suitors – a handsome fella named Brian – may not be.
In a teaser for the new season, Hartsock, 26, is faced with a solemn-looking Chris Harrison and a woman who proclaims, "I'm Brian's girlfriend."
Originally posted 05/06/2013 08:00AM
Even though she's still in the thick of filming her season of The Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock says she's sure of what she wants and doesn't want in a mate.
"I like someone who's spontaneous and adventurous and enjoys every aspect of life. And not to get too serious, but someone who could be my best friend and be a support system, someone who I can see as the father of my kids," the 26-year-old tells PEOPLE.
Her inspiration is very close to home. "My parents have been together 40 years and married for 35," she says. "My dad has her back no matter what, and she's so affectionate to him. They act like they are 16."
Originally posted 03/13/2013 02:00PM
He may have sent her home on The Bachelor, but Sean Lowe knows how much America fell in love with Desiree Hartsock.
Which is why he believes she's the perfect choice to be the next star of The Bachelorette, coming this summer.
"They couldn't have chosen a better Bachelorette," Lowe, 29, tells PEOPLE.
"I've said from the beginning, my vote was always for Des. She's America's sweetheart, and I think she's going into it with sincere intentions."
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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