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[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor.]
And then there was one.
It came down to pediatric nurse Nikki Ferrell and hairstylist Clare Crawley, and in the end, Galavis chose Ferrell.
He did go through the process of picking out a Neil Lane engagement ring. However, in a twist not seen since Brad Womack‘s first season in 2007, Galavis didn’t propose to Ferrell, instead telling her he wasn’t sure he was ready to propose but that he still wanted to date her. He also asked her to accept his final rose, and she said yes.
Womack, who actually chose not to continue dating either of the final two women in his first season, went on to propose to Emily Maynard in his second season three years later, but that engagement didn’t last.
Other Bachelor stars who didn’t propose include Alex Michel in season one, Bob Guiney in season four, Jesse Palmer in season five, Charlie O’Connell in season seven, Travis Stork in season eight and Lorenzo Borghese in season nine. None of those relationships lasted, either.
Galavis’ predecessor, Sean Lowe, not only proposed to his pick, Catherine Guidici, but the couple were married on live TV in January. That marked the fourth televised wedding in franchise history, following the nuptials of Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney and Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum.
Galavis has made headlines during this season, most recently for retweeting a joke that used the word “retard.” In January, he also generated controversy for saying that ABC shouldn’t have a gay or bisexual bachelor on the show and calling gay people “more pervert.”
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