On a show as telegraphed as The Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock's confession Monday that she's “in love with” Brooks Forester seemed to come out of left field.
The Bachelorette spoilers have hinted for months that she's been sweet on one guy from the start, and Brooks sure looks like he is in fact that guy.
But is it all a case of classic misdirection from the producers?
While the obvious takeaway from Des' reveal to Chris Harrison was that Brooks is a lock to win, a contrarian view might suggest it's proof he does not.
Count former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky among that camp.
“I can't believe she actually told [Chris H] she's in love with Brooks! I know this sounds SO weird, but that fact that the editors left that in, makes me really think Brooks is NOT the one," she writes.
"Why would the producers show us this with so many episodes left?!?!”
It's an interesting theory. And based on teasers for the remainder of the season, it may not be off base, as there are a lot of tears left to be shed apparently.
Is it possible the L-Bomb was left in by ABC because Desiree Hartsock is heartbroken when Brooks doesn't reciprocate, and ends up alone in the end?
The other, albeit shocking possibility? It's a reality show being real.
Desiree loves Brooks, Desiree tells Chris she loves Brooks, Desiree tells Brooks she loves Brooks, and Brooks comes around by the end of the season.
Fedotowsky says that's certainly possibly ... but not a guarantee.
"If Des picks Brooks and we're witnessing the real love story," she says. "Then I couldn't be happier for them! Happy that the show is showing us the raw love story! And just happy in general!"
"I'm not saying the show is fake. It's not. I'm just saying the producers/editors try to keep us guessing up until the very last episode. Why would they give away the winner so soon?”
What do you think? Is Brooks Forester the one? Check out The Bachelorette spoilers link above (if you're into that), and then comment below!
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