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The Bachelorette: Behind the Scenes at The Men Tell All

Originally posted 07/23/2013 09:40 AM

The Bachelorette: Behind the Scenes at The Men Tell All

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After wading through the filler of pre-taped packages on crashed Bachelor Nation viewing parties and former Bachelorettes giving Desiree Hartsock advice on how to handle the reunion through roleplaying, viewers were finally treated to the meat of the Men Tell All special. But per usual the end-of-season confront-fest for ABC’s behemoth dating competition can only pack so much drama from a six-hour taping into a two-hour time slot.

Here’s what you didn’t get to see on television:

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The Bachelorette: All About Desiree's Hometown Dates

Update 07/16/2013 12:00 PM Originally posted 07/16/2013 09:00 AM

The Bachelorette: Desiree Hartsock Blogs About Meeting the Families | Desiree Hartsock

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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.

After a beautiful week in Madeira, I was excited to meet the families of the four guys left on The Bachelorette. This week would be pivotal in helping me discern my feelings for each guy. It felt so refreshing to be back in the States, and I couldn't wait to see what the men had in store.

Zak always has a surprise for me – I love that about him – so I had no idea what to expect for our date. I knew that his family business was in sno-cones but I did not expect to make them for a classroom of kindergarteners. It was so much fun trying all the unique flavors and it brought me back to my childhood. Zak was amazing with all the children and that showed the kind of father he would be – funny yet caring.

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The Bachelorette's Michael: Why Desiree Wasn't 'The One'

Originally posted 07/13/2013 07:15 PM

The Bachelorette's Michael: Why Desiree Wasn't 'The One'

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Despite triumphing over Ben and shining on his first solo date, Michael Garofola, 33, was sent packing from Portugal.

Via conference call, the Miami-based federal prosecutor debated what went wrong in his televised search for love with Desiree Hartsock on The Bachelorette, assessed the final four and took a stab at predicting what the foreshadowed fantasy date drama might be.

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The Bachelorette's Desiree: I'm in Love with Brooks!

Originally posted 07/09/2013 12:15 PM

The Bachelorette's Desiree Hartsock Blogs: I'm in Love with Brooks!

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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.

After such an emotional and dramatic week in Spain, I was looking forward to a new, refreshing week in Madeira, Portugal, an island I knew little about. And what a wonderful place to start fresh! The scenery was out of this world and it truly lifted my spirits. It has it all – the ocean, the mountains, lushness, cobblestone streets and, of course, five guys that I was crazy about.

I really tried to keep each relationship separate throughout this journey on The Bachelorette, but starting this week, I compared the relationships so I could find out whose family I needed to meet.

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PHOTO: Ali Fedotowsky and Boyfriend Enjoy Mexican Vacation

Originally posted 07/04/2013 01:00 PM

Ali Fedotowsky and Kevin Manno Enjoy Mexican Vacation | Ali Fedotowsky

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The temperatures are rising for Ali Fedotowsky and her boyfriend Kevin Manno.

Heating up the romance with a recent getaway that took the two south of the border, the former Bachelorette and Manno – whom she began dating in April after splitting from fiancé Roberto Martinez in 2011 – arrived in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico on Friday for a four-day vacation.

Spotted staying close while strolling down the beach, Fedotowsky and Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition host Manno indulged in plenty of cozy couple time – including afternoons spent hanging around on hammocks – while relaxing at the Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit resort.

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The Bachelorette: Desiree Hartsock Blogs About Being Manipulated by James

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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.

I've always wanted to see Spain and now that I've been there on The Bachelorette, it's one of my favorite places on earth! The city of Barcelona, the people, art and culture are so inspiring. What a wonderful place to start fresh after such an awkward week in Germany. That is, until I was placed in a compromising position and had to deal with more emotions and drama from the men.

I wanted to explore the city and continue my connection with Drew. In a group setting, he tends to be more reserved and I wanted to see his fun, playful side on our date. Although that side didn't shine through, a different and powerful one did.

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The Bachelorette's Mikey Tenerelli Discusses Villains Ben and James

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The men on this season of The Bachelorette have bickered pretty much from the start, but one contender, Mikey Tenerelli, has been especially vocal about his distaste for single dad Ben Scott.

The plumbing contractor, 30, from Glen Ellyn, Ill., spoke to reporters on a conference call Thursday to discuss his thoughts on Ben, his conversation with James about being the next Bachelor and why he thinks he got eliminated.

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The Bachelorette Blogs About Saying Goodbye to Ben & Bryden

Originally posted 06/25/2013 09:20 AM

The Bachelorette's Desiree Hartsock Blogs About Dates in Germany | Desiree Hartsock

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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.

I always dreamed of traveling the world – and I never thought being on The Bachelorette would be my chance. Boarding the plane to Germany, I had butterflies because I had never been to Europe. On the flight I daydreamed of romantic dates, castles and finding my Prince Charming.

I felt better than ever and truly thought nothing could change my mood for the week. Little did I know, drama was brewing...

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The Bachelorette: Desiree Hartsock Goes on 'Most Awkward Date of My Life' | Desiree Hartsock

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How do you say "awkward" in German?

On Monday's episode of The Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock heads to Germany and has her first two-on-one date.

She called it "the most awkward date of my life" in her latest PEOPLE.com blog post. "I've watched two-on-one dates on TV, but having to live one was painful," she wrote.

Michael and troublemaker Ben are both invited but with one rose at stake, things get very uncomfortable. Watch a clip below.

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Chris Harrison Reveals the 'Love of His Life'

Originally posted 06/18/2013 06:25 PM

The Love of Chris Harrison's Life? Havanese Baxter

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He coaches singles who will search to the ends of the earth for their soulmates, but Bachelorette host Chris Harrison, 41, doesn't have to look farther than his feet for the love of his life.

The recently single father of two – son Joshua is 11 and daughter Taylor is 9 – tells PEOPLE that his 2-year-old Havanese is the perfect partner.

"Baxter is the love of our life," says Harrison, who also hosts The Bachelor. "I was never a small-dog person, but I am now."

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