The Baffling ‘Bachelor’ Finale: Unusual and Uncomfortable

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What would your reaction be if a man said he had an engagement ring in his pocket he was not going to use? Oh, and you’ve just poured your heart out to him on national television and don’t even get an “I love you,” in return. For Bachelor contestant Nikki Ferrell (the woman pouring her heart out) it was to stay with Juan Pablo Galavis, accepting his final rose sans diamond ring. Judging by the reaction on social media and the live comments and faces from former contestants and the audience during the “After the Final Rose” special, it was not (as Juan Pablo often says) “okay.”

The Bachelor ended last night in a bizarre, awkward finale where the country learned that Galavis had chosen Ferrell over the other remaining contestant, Clare Crawley. During the final show, both women met his family and went on final dates with Juan Pablo. The evening was interspersed with live audience reaction from previous contestants, including the recently married Bachelor alums Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici.

Lowe tweeted about how painful it was to watch the show unfold, and commented in studio about the awkward final encounter between Juan Pablo and Clare. On the final date in a private moment, Juan Pablo said something Clare described as “insulting,” adding that, “The words he used … I can’t even repeat it.” She tried to confront him later, but any semblance of an argument quickly fizzled out. Or, as Lowe put it, Juan Pablo was able to talk circles around Clare, like he has done previously in the season.

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