Has The Bachelorette's Ali Fedotowsky found true love? After weeks of rumors, innuendo and speculation, we're hours from finding out during the show's two-hour season finale (Monday, 8 p.m. ET). Of course, ABC is billing it as a "shocking outcome." (Isn't it always, ABC?)
Let's assume that the most prevalent rumor—that Ali remains single—isn't true. Instead, let's imagine that she is currently planning a million dollar-plus spring wedding on ABC's dime. Either Roberto Martinez or Chris Lambton will await her at the altar. What kind of a life is she in for if it's Roberto? And if it's Chris? With less than a day left to speculate, let's go for it…
The odds-on favorite is Roberto, the Spanish-spouting, salsa-dancing 26-year-old that host Chris Harrison refers to as the "Second Coming of Antonio Banderas." Roberto is an insurance salesman who recently started his own business. Will this business allow him to keep her in the designer duds she's gotten used to on the show? Impossible to say.
Ali was impressed by Roberto's loving family, but there was a glimmer of conflict in her conversation with his very traditional father, who's wary of wives working outside the home. Might this be an issue in Ali's marriage down the road? On the other hand, Ali might not want to go back to work, anyway. Her sales rep job for Facebook will probably seem a lot less dreamy now that she's tried out life as a TV star.
Speaking of cameras, Ali would probably have to adjust to life away from them: It's hard to imagine Roberto pulling a Jake Pavelka and pursuing a post-Bachelor career in entertainment—certainly not after that wooden performance he gave in The Lion King. They might settle in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, where they could continue their romantic dates on the beach, Roberto strumming guitar, Ali gazing into his eyes. But would the chemistry they've shared "from the beginning" be enough to pull them through the less passionate realities of daily life?
The 33-year-old landscaper Chris is often referred to in fan blogs as the safer choice. He hails from Ali's home state, Massachusetts, which would certainly make holiday visits easier on their families. Ali seems to be more comfortable around this former teacher; she's noted his jittery nerves on a few occasions.
Chris' backstory—he recently quit his NYC teaching job to care for his dying mother—confirms his strong sense of family. (At the beginning of the season, Ali told Roberto that what she wanted most was a family that would give her unconditional love.)
Chris has said that he's proudest of his work with kids—teaching math and coaching basketball. If he returned to this career, Ali would find herself spending many a Friday night with a bunch of kids in a sweaty gym. Married life with Chris would hardly involve the glitzy dates and fantasy settings she's enjoyed on the show. But as you can see in this deleted scene, Chris has a goofy, endearing quality that captivates Ali—and that might last longer than the sparks that fly when she's with Roberto.
Which guy do you think Ali would be better off with in the long run?
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