Desiree Hartsock begins her quest for love and ratings as The Bachelorette May 27, and we're starting to piece together the coming season bit by bit.
The Bachelorette spoilers revealed so far hint at a multitude of charming, impressive guys and magical moments for Des. But which man will win it all?
Desiree Hartsock, 26, competed for Sean Lowe's affections on The Bachelor. That didn't work out, as she finished fourth. But when one door closes ...
As he did then, the man, the myth, the one-man online oracle of TV, Reality Steve, has been digging like a fiend for the spoilers we know you crave.
What has he found out through his mysterious unnamed sources?
A lot. And his venerable track record speaks for itself at this point.
Come along as we reveal the men who will vie for the California cutie's heart - and the final four who are left standing at the end! Which one will win it all?
Follow the jump for The Bachelorette spoilers 2013!
The beautiful bridal stylist's final four fellas this season are ...
- Brooks Forester: 28, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Zak Waddell: 31, San Antonio, TX.
- Drew Kenney: Scottsdale, AZ.
- Chris Siegfried: 27, Seattle, Washington.
Four worthy contenders. Four epically cheesy PR photos.
Following hometown dates, Desiree is set to head to the Caribbean with her final four. She'll cut the field down to three, and then two, and then one.
Desiree's Finale Rose Ceremony reportedly took place in Antigua, at The Verandah Resort & Spa, an oasis with sandy beaches and nature trails.
Bachelorette spoiler alert: Des hearts nature trails!!
Even more than that, she loves one of these four gents so hard. Word on the street is that he was the man to beat from the get-go in her mind.
So who is the one? Let's break it down by week ...
Week 1 (May 27) kicks off with the "Cinderella" story of Des, followed by the obligatory intros. The 19 guys remaining after the first rose ceremony:
James Case, Juan Pablo Galavis, Brad McKinzie, Zack Kalter, Kasey Stewart, Ben Scott, Zak Waddell, Brooks Forester, Brandon Andreen, Brian Jarosinski, Dan Cox, Chris Siegfried, Bryden Vukasin, Michael Garofola, Mikey Tenerelli, Robert Graham, Drew Kenney, Nick Mucci and Will Reese.
Week 2 (June 3) eliminations: Will Reese, Robert Graham, and Nick Mucci.
Week 3 (June 10) eliminations: Brandon Andreen, Dan Cox and Brian Jarosinski.
Brian, interestingly, is eliminated earlier in the episode than the other two because, well, his girlfriend showed up. On the show. That's a new one.
It's Stephanie Larimore, a single mom and Playboy’s Playmate of the month in June 2006. He didn't even tell her he was going on the show. Hilarious.
Week 4 (June 17) eliminations: Zack Kalter and Brad McKinzie.
Week 5 (June 24) eliminations: Ben Scott, Mikey Tenerelli and Bryden Vukasin
Bryden, apparently, eliminates himself because he is "not feeling it."
He was also knowingly hooking up with what seems like his girlfriend right before leaving for the show, then resumed doing so afterward. Awesome.
Week 6 (July 1) eliminations: Kasey Stewart, James Case, and Juan Pablo Galavis.
Week 7 (July 8) elimination: Michael Garofola.
Week 8 (July 15) hometown dates elimination: Zak Waddell.
Week 9 (July 22) overnight dates elimination: Drew Kenney.
Week 10 (July 29) is the Men Tell All special. So much filler.
Which brings us to Week 11 and the August 5 season finale, where both guys show up to the final rose ceremony, one gets dumped and the winner is ...
Yup, Reality Steve wrote weeks ago, in fact, that "Desiree has been smitten by Brooks from the beginning" and "that’s the guy she’s gonna choose."
That was in April. Now the rose ceremony is over and done with and Brooks did in fact bring it home. So Steve picked the winner before she did!
He adds that a final rose does not a wedding make: "From everything I’m hearing, Brooks Forester is not ready to be married anytime soon. Just sayin’."
Hmm. Not a very rosy (pun oh-so-intended) outlook. But anyway, it's now official. Desiree picks Brooks and as of right now, they are engaged.
So if he's not the marrying type, well, things are going to get interesting once the season ends and the tabloid feeding frenzy begins. Can't wait.
So there you go. We'll have updates and corrections for you if and when they become available, but you can pretty much take this to the bank.
UPDATE, 6/4/13: The 16 remaining contestants following the first two episodes are, in fact, the ones listed above. No major surprises there.
UPDATE, 6/10/13: Brian Jarosinski's girlfriend back home, Stephanie Larimore, came on the show to confront him in epic fashion. It was hilarious.
UPDATE, 6/17/13: The eliminations are going according to plan, though there have been increasing whispers that Des ends up with no one in the end.
This could just be classic misdirection on the show's part to keep us guessing and disguise the true favorite(s), which has been a go-to move in the past.
UPDATE, 6/25/13: Still on track for exactly the finish predicted above. It looks like James may eliminate himself or be kicked off pre-rose ceremony.
UPDATE, 7/2/13: As predicted, Kasey, Juan Pablo, and James are heading back to the real world, leaving Chris, Michael, Zak, Brooks and Drew.
UPDATE, 7/2/13: Interestingly, Reality Steve has just flip-flopped his third- and fourth-place finishers, with Zak now the odd man out after hometowns.
Drew, he now says, is eliminated in third place, setting up a Chris/Brooks finale, as expected all along. Could this mean he is wrong about that?
Only time will tell, but word is that the final two are still iron clad. Stay tuned, though. Many, many more updates to come as the season develops.
UPDATE, 7/9/13: The final four are set, as predicted. Brooks Forester, Chris Siegfried, Drew Kenney and Zak Waddell have earned hometown dates.
UPDATE, 7/16/13: Zak got the boot, leaving Brooks, Chris and Drew.
The initial Bachelorette spoilers were slightly off, but the amended reports were accurate, as Zak will not be moving on to the coveted overnight dates.
UPDATE, 7/23/13: The Men Tell All is behind us now, and what's promised next is a two-part finale that's the most surprising and emotional EVER.
As you saw in the previews, Des' tears are the primary focal point.
UPDATE, 7/30/13: The shocking conclusion we've been promised certainly is that, though it remains to be seen if she will leave engaged or heartbroken.
Will Brooks return? Will Drew or Chris sweep her off her feet? Will she leave as single as the day she got there? It will all play out come August 5.
UPDATE, 8/5: Well ... that one certainly threw us all for a loop, no?
On the season finale, Drew Kenney was eliminated, Chris Siegfried proposed and Desiree Hartsock accepted. No Brooks Forester return. At all.
The Bachelorette spoilers were spoiled. As in rotten. All summer!
Was there deliberate misdirection on ABC's part to plant fake spoilers out there? Or just a terrific job of keeping the actual ending a secret for months?
Whatever the explanation, Chris Siegfried and Des are engaged!
Just goes to show that you never really know until you tune in and see it play out for yourselves. Congrats, Des! Now that it's over, tell us, Bachelorette fans:
Did Desiree make the right decision?