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Tonight, we head into the season finale for The Bachelorette (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) -- for the ninth time. Once again, viewers are being teased with the question: Will she or won't she get a ring? You'd think by now producers would have run out of ways to make this "two-guys-left" scenario feel fresh. And yet, they've done it!
By the time last week's penultimate episode rolled around, Desiree Hartsock had chosen her man: Brooks Forester. She liked the other two -- Chris Siegfried and Drew Kenney -- but she'd really fallen for Brooks, the fitness company sales rep who rocked a tuxedo on their first one-on-one date. Apparently, the sweet smile and J Crew-model-esque body compensated for his challenges in articulation. Really, he is that gorgeous.
And then he dumped her.
Obviously, Chris Harrison called the break-up the "most dramatic ever" in the show's history. Also obviously, this is a matter of opinion. Some might say it was the most egregiously long and unnecessarily drawn-out break-up in the show's history, but that's probably a quibble. Either way, it set us up for a nail-biter of a finale.
"[I have these] two amazing, unreal guys who do want to love me, but I just can’t love them as much," she confesses in the finale preview below.
Later she added: "And that’s not what they deserve. Honestly, for me, it’s over.”
Over? Over? But that's not how The Bachelorette ends! The Bachelorette ends with an engagement, which later falls apart (either before or after the filming of the live After the Final Rose special).
So what's going to happen when part two of The Bachelorette finale airs tonight (followed by the After the Final Rose special live at 10 p.m.)? Clearly, Desiree won't be accepting a ring from either of the "amazing, unreal" guys she has admitted she doesn't love. What kind of fairy tale would that be?
The only way this ends properly is that Brooks returns with a change of heart, falls to his knee, and pops open a Neil Lane diamond ring box. When you consider that this is the theory being pushed by the very rarely wrong spoiler king Reality Steve, well, there's your ending, folks. Still, it will be fun to tune in and see how the adorably inarticulate Brooks fumbles through his speech to make this right!
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.