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The rumor mill us swirling as to who Emily Maynard chooses on The Bachelorette. Spoilers to this point have been accurate ... but what about going forward?

The field of 25 has been narrowed to four, as tonight's hometown dates feature Jef Holm, 27, Sean Lowe, 28, Chris Bukowski, 25, and Arie Luyendyk Jr., 30.

The favorite at this point? Still anyone's guess. Or is it?

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There have been reports that Jef, despite looking like the Chris Lambton of this season - great friends with Emily but low romantic chemistry - is the winner.

There have also been conflicting reports that Emily Maynard is engaged to Arie Luyendyk, Jr. after he mentioned his fiancee on a recent call with reporters.

Sean Lowe? How could that guy not be a favorite?

Emily has even been linked (erroneously) to host Chris Harrison and Brad Womack by tabloids in recent weeks in this most unusual Bachelorette season.

For the first time in show history, Sean, Arie and Jef have all done interviews during the season, fueling speculation that each may be the final rose recipient.

What's more, the final three who go on to Curacao after tonight all left the island nation at the same time, making it unclear who finished second (or third).

What do we know about tonight, and beyond? Is there a surprise in store regarding the season finale? Follow the jump for The Bachelorette spoilers ...

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Jef Holm. Sean Lowe. Chris Bukowski. Arie Luyendyk, Jr.

The Bachelorette field now is down to these four aspiring husbands for Emily Maynard, and the lovely rose-giver is clearly starting to wilt under the pressure.

The promo below, for next week's hometown dates, begins to show clips of her meeting the respective guys' families and ... cut to emotional breakdown.

Despite host-pimp Chris Harrison's best efforts to console her, Emily simply can't bear the thought of cutting one of the four loose, even if she must.

Who will it be? Or will there be another surprise? Watch:

Follow this link to see who makes her final three (allegedly), and comment with who you think Maynard should choose on the upcoming season finale.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. is The Bachelorette's most talked-about guy this season.

The Scottsdale, Ariz., race car driver with the sexy, yet approachable demeanor, sense of humor and emotional openness has been a frontrunner from the start.

It's no surprise that he's rumored to be among Emily Maynard's final three, but did he accidentally reveal who wins this season - himself - on a conference call?

Asked about whether he'd be interested in being The Bachelor if it doesn't work out with Emily, he said, "Well, you know my fiancée might not approve of that."

Arie Luyendyk and Emily Maynard

He then backtracked: "No, I’m joking. I mean, I... No, you know, basically it’s hilarious because I know that’s a hot topic right now but who knows what happens."

"If I am engaged to Emily," he clarified, "then I don’t think it would be possible for me to become the next Bachelor." Well, yeah. But did he just let it out of the bag?

He may well, have but he also offered praise for his competitors, as well.

"There’s a lot of really good guys," Arie said. "It's not that anyone’s better than the next guy. It’s the relationship. I don’t have that feeling to where you know Chris, Sean, Jef couldn’t make for a good father or a good husband."

"The guys that are there now are all very good individuals."

So, basically, Chris Bukowski, Sean Lowe and Jef Holm are sitting pretty along with Arie Luyendyk, Jr. It looks like a scandal is on the horizon for Arie, however.

His shady past, specifically his relationship with Cassie Lambert, a producer on the show, comes to light on next week's episode, and Emily is not happy.

What do you think? Who should Emily pick?

 

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Arie Luyendyk, Jr.'s much-discussed relationship with a producer on The Bachelorette will apparently be discussed on next week's episode of the hit show.

This has been well-documented throughout the season, but until now, it was unclear if Emily knew at all, let alone found out in the middle of the season.

Numerous reports about Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and Cassie Lambert have circulated, though his friends have defended him and downplayed the relationship.

What really happened and how will Emily Maynard react?

The surprising preview for next week (above) certainly makes it look like she's not happy, though the producers may be more to blame than Arie here.

According to Reality Steve, when Emily found out, she realized the show's brain trust knew about Cassie and Arie the whole time and kept it from her.

"Arie was told to never bring up the Cassie relationship to Emily and that it was already taken care of," according to Steve, "yet, it wasn’t taken care of."

However Emily does find out about Arie and Cassie having a relationship, it remains to be seen whether it will torpedo the race car driver's chances.

The Bachelorette spoilers we've posted throughout the season offer some hints in that regard. What do you think? Should she kick him off the show?

If she does, she'll be parting ways with one of the favorites. Check out this clip of Arie and Emily on last night's episode, getting cozy in Croatia ...

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In a surprising turn of events, Kalon McMahon was told to get the f*%k out last week on The Bachelorette after getting on Emily Maynard's bad side.

Em was universally lauded for the move, as she proved she has a spine beneath the sweet, soft-spoken, good-girl facade. But the emotional impact lingers.

On tonight's episode, which takes place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, she starts to have doubts about the move - and who else might be pulling a Kalon.

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"I'm sorry," the single mom, 26, will tell the guys to open her Monday night rose ceremony. "I stand here and start to second guess my decisions."

With rose in hand, Maynard looks thoughtfully at her remaining suitors, but something is mysteriously off, and all of a sudden the beauty walks out.

"There's a part of me that just doesn't trust them. What else am I missing?" she wonders to Chris Harrison. "Who else in there isn't all about me?"

Though it's unclear exactly what left Emily Maynard uneasy, it's clear she doesn't take kindly to guys, like Kalon McMahon, with ulterior motives.

"I want to go out there and rip his limbs off and beat him with them," Maynard fumed, justifiably, after Kalon referred to her little girl as "baggage."

Who else will get the boot? Who will make her final three? And is Emily Maynard engaged? The eighth season of The Bachelorette continues tonight!

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As rumors swirl about the ending of The Bachelorette's eighth season, one celebrity gossip magazine boldly proclaims that Emily Maynard is in fact engaged.Emily Maynard Promo Pic

If it's true ... the question is still, to whom?

She obviously won't say, and even The Bachelorette spoilers have been hard to come by this season ... though three guys are clearly frontrunners.

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If Emily is engaged, three guys are probably equal favorites.

The previews airing Monday night more or less revealed the final three, with Jef Holm, Sean Lowe and Arie Luyendyk all shown with Emily in Curacao.

According to the magazine cover above, Em's ready for a baby right away - not news if you've watched this season - and got a 4-carat rock.

Just after midnight on May 11, the man who stole Emily's heart got down on one knee and proposed in :a one-of-a-kind fairy-tale experience."

"The proposal, filmed for the final episode, which airs July 16, took place in the courtyard of the Kura Hulanda resort on the Caribbean island."

"The final bachelor was led through a grand sky-blue gate to where Emily stood ... the proposal took place in the middle of the night, which gave it a more intimate feel."

And now, more than a month later, a friend confirms, "Emily is still happy and engaged. She is ecstatic. She's over the moon and loves her ring. Ricki is really happy, too."

Think she's really engaged? And if so, who should she pick? No offense, Ryan and Doug, but it's got to come down to these three, right?

Vote on who you think Emily should choose below:

 

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The producers of The Bachelorette are running a tight ship this season, with little or no information thus far about who wins Emily Maynard's final rose.

At the same time, two extended previews airing at the end of last night's episode on ABC revealed plenty of details for those who paid attention.

The first preview, for next Monday's episode, is comprised of clips entirely from Croatia ... with Ryan emerging as the latest of this season's villains.

Or so it would appear. In any case, it gets much more revealing than that.

The second part of the preview involves clips from later this season, and shows the guys rumored to be Emily's final three with her in Curacao.

We'll withhold names in case you haven't seen it or really don't know, but you can see all three different fellas on dates with her in the tropics.

Emily has clearly grown close to all three already, so it's no surprise that she drops the obligatory "falling in love with several people" line.

What is surprising? The lack of final rose ceremony clips, even of just Emily.

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Kalon McMahon got the chop on The Bachelorette Monday in an awesome display by Emily Maynard, who went all West Virginia hood rat on his ass.

But does our fair Southern Belle have more bad apples to get rid of?

The prevalence of "villains" on the ABC show is hardly anything new, but it appeared for a time that Emily might have dodged the proverbial bullet.

Not the case, clearly.

In the past, contestants have all rallied around one villain, which was clearly the case last night with Kalon McMahon, who alienated everyone by calling Emily's daughter Ricki "baggage" ... not the way to win over a single mom typically.

With eight guys left, however, two more may emerge as villains in their own right. One is becoming increasingly obvious ... the other not as much.

First up is Ryan Bowers, the full-of-himself personal trainer who has made one ridiculous, sleazy or chauvinistic remark after another to Emily.

That guy's just asking to be put in his place, but single dad Doug, who initially seemed to be great, may be showing a different side as well.

Doug Clerget has shown the ability to be somewhat short-tempered, and even started a fight with one contestant just before Emily walked in.

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The Bachelorette's Sean Lowe gets his first one-on-one date with Emily Maynard this week, and it goes well apparently. The group date? Mmmnotsomuch.

Tonight's episode, taking place in England, features Sean getting to know our girl on a double-decker bus, Buckingham Palace and the Tower Of London.

Not bad for a first date. But it's their personalities that really made it work.

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"It was the first opportunity I had to spend the entire day with her and I'm not ashamed to say it was one of the best days of my life," Lowe said.

"That was the day that I first knew I had really strong feelings for her and the first time I pictured myself being with her in the future."

Lowe believes they hit it off because of shared values: "I let her know [that] from the very beginning, and she could tell I was being genuine."

"My priorities in life are faith and family, and I believe those are the top two for Emily, as well. Ultimately, I just want to live a simple life surrounded by loved ones, raising a family and loving my wife forever."

How far will Lowe make it? The Bachelorette spoilers we've posted offer some clues in that department, but he seems like a serious contender.

As for the guy who refers to Emily's daughter Ricki as "baggage" tonight? Prepare for some fireworks, says Lowe of the much-anticipated fight.

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The Bachelorette he-diva Kalon McMahon says all the right things, but he's lying non-stop to Emily Maynard, according to people close to him.

Given the history of the "luxury brand consultant," a friend warns Emily that she should see Kalon's sweet nothings for just that ... nothing.

None other than Erica Rose, a 2006 contestant on The Bachelor, grew up with Kalon in Texas and says the red flags are already flying high.

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"Emily should really take anything he says with a grain of salt," says the aptly-named Rose, who resurfaced last summer on Bachelor Pad.

"And if she wants to know why, all she has to do is see how he lied to his girlfriend back in Houston - just like he's lying to Emily now."

Star recently published Kalon's (alleged) raunchy 2009 personal "diary" detailing his womanizing and partying ... big surprise right there.

Late the following year, he began what appeared to be a serious romance with law student Lauren Serice, 25, after they met on a blind date.

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