Discovery Channel's annual fin-fest is in full swing (Voodoo Sharks, anyone?) but it wasn't the only network dishing out drama last night.
Desiree Hartsock's heart was on the line Monday after front-runner Brooks Forester bailed during the two-part gut-wrenching Bachelorette finale.
Viewers were left guessing if the blindsided bridal stylist would choose between poetic mortgage broker Chris Siegfried and intensely romantic marketing analyst Drew Kenney – or leave them both behind to mend her broken heart.
It's official – we have a brand new Bachelor!
After Desiree Hartsock's emotional season finale of The Bachelorette, host Chris Harrison announced the franchise's newest star during the After the Final Rose special Monday night.
Although some may have thought Brooks Forester (who broke Desiree's heart in Antigua) was a possibility, fellow former suitors Zak Waddell and Juan Pablo Galavis were early frontrunners for the gig. While Desiree expressed her hopes for Zak, PEOPLE.com readers cast their votes for Juan Pablo.
And, sure enough: Felicidades, Juan Pablo! The Venezuelan former soccer player and single dad will be the next star of The Bachelor!
After a tearful and emotional goodbye to her frontrunner, Brooks Forester, The Bachelorette's Desiree Hartsock faced another tough decision.
Would she abandon her quest for love? Or would she be able to move forward with one of the two men still vying for that final rose?
Although she was "blindsided," "devastated" and said she just wanted to go home, Desiree decided to face Chris Siegfried and Drew Kenney.
As suspected, Brooks was just not that into The Bachelorette's Desiree Hartsock and thus her frontrunner for a fairy tale ending excused himself from the tournament of roses. He left her a weeping pile of emotion on an Antigua pier and left producers and viewers alike wondering if the show would go on.
"The first thing I said when I walked out after [my conversation with] Brooks was, 'We might be done.' We were in the home stretch trying to set up a happy ending and magic proposal. This was a curveball," host Chris Harrison said during a press call Thursday.
Desiree Hartsock promised "raw emotion and real feelings" on the finale of The Bachelorette. And it has already delivered.
Part one of the two-part finale included plenty of heartbreak stemming from a shocking twist.
Desiree was left reeling on Monday's episode after Brooks Forester, considered the front-runner for her affections, revealed that he just wasn't feeling it – and decided to leave.
It's down to the final two on The Bachelorette. But can either get the heartbroken Desiree Hartsock to say "I Do" after Brooks said "I Don't" to her last week?
"Brooks leaving, it broke my heart," a weeping Hartsock says in an exclusive clip of the Part 2 season finale, airing Monday (8 p.m. ET). "It broke my heart for him to say those things to me. Knowing I have two amazing, unreal, guys who do want to love me, who do love me, but I just can't love them as much."
Former Bachelor contestant Desiree Hartsock is calling the shots and handing out the roses as the current star of The Bachelorette. The bridal stylist will blog all season long on PEOPLE.com about her dates, the guys and the difficult decisions she must make. You can also follow Desiree on Twitter.
Antigua was the perfect destination to continue my relationships with the three remaining guys on The Bachelorette. Each one has such incredible qualities but Brooks stood out.
So let's start with what I'm sure you are all wondering about ... My relationship with Brooks was always secure and confident when we were together, but I never knew what was going through his mind when we were apart. That should have been a red flag, but sometimes love is blind.
The official line is that the next star of The Bachelor has not been chosen yet. But after the The Bachelorette: Men Tell All special, it might be wise to start practicing your sexiest pronunciation of "Juan Pablo."
Here are five reason why the Venezuelan heartthrob could be the best bet:
Ali Fedotowsky is one lucky girl.
Sure, her two attempts at finding love by way of reality television didn't pan out.
But 2013 finds the former Bachelorette hosting NBC's travel show 1st Look, making a cameo in Woody Allen's new film Blue Jasmine – and getting strangely romantic presents from boyfriend Kevin Manno.
"We were on a hike on Mulholland, and we saw this dog that looked like a panda, so we started calling it 'Pand-Dog-Bear,' " the 28-year-old told PEOPLE with a giggle at Blue Jasmine's L.A. premiere on Thursday night.
The season finale of The Bachelorette is right around the corner! While fans are certainly eager to see if Desiree Hartsock gets engaged – and to whom – there's another important question on their minds: Who will be the next star of
It seems that two frontrunners have emerged from Des's pack of castoffs: ab-tastic Zak Waddell and sexy Venezuelan soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis.
Desiree said in her Bachelorette blog this week that it should be Zak. "He is so deserving of love," she admitted. "I would love to see him have the opportunity to choose from 25 suitable women to find it."