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The Bachelorette: Mom Edition is clearly very different than past seasons.

Not only is Emily Maynard willing to forgo the Fantasy Suite in an effort to set the best example for her daughter, it's little Ricki who shapes her view in the decision-making process, as we saw last night when a teary Emily picked her final two.

On The Bachelorette season finale, it only gets harder. Here's ABC's promo:

Will it be Jef Holm or Arie Luyendyk, Jr.? The Bachelorette spoilers shed some light on that if you're interested. Either way, we'll know for sure soon enough.

Can a person be in love with two people at the same time? Or three? That seems to be the case for Emily, and guarantees the finale will be gut-wrenching.

Who do you think she should choose? Sound off in the comments below, and vote in our twofold survey in the aftermath of last night's Sean Lowe elimination:

Was Emily right to let Sean go?

 

Who should she pick July 22?

 

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If The Bachelorette star Emily Maynard felt that her decision to cut Chris loose after last week's hometown dates was hard, this one was near impossible.

Things got even more serious, emotional and dramatic in Curacao as Emily went on very romantic dates with Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Sean Lowe and Jef Holm.

Three worthy candidates, only two roses in play. Who would she pick? And how would she handle the fantasy suite card situation, given that she's a mom?

Follow this link for all The Bachelorette spoilers we know about the July 22 finale, then continue on for THG's +/- recap of the penultimate episode!

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Obligatory Curacao nature montage and recap of the final three guys and their "journey" with Emily so far. Minus 4 for the even-longer-than-average filler.

Emily has nice penmanship, even in sand. Plus 2.

Sean's shoes match his blue shirt perfectly. What guy does that? Apparently Sean Lowe, Ames Brown and Pauly D. Minus 5, in spite of the obvious effort.

Look at Sean, getting all flustered talking about his ex ... and a little more unnerved trying to open up to Emily. Cute or a red flag? Hard to read. Even.

Time's running out to go there, Sean. Minus 10.

His letter to Ricki made it dusty in here. Plus 25. Still holding something back, though. Just say it man. Go on. Okay, that kind of counts for redemption.

Gotta love that the fantasy suite card is from Chris Harrison. Host-pimp sure knows how to take care of his ridiculously attractive employees. Plus 15.

Plus 20 for Emily calling it a night solo. Even after the hot tub makeout session no less. Girl's priorities and commitment are pretty impressive.

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Three words. Eight letters.

If Gossip Girl quotes have taught us anything, it's that "I love you" is the hardest thing to say. One contestant on The Bachelorette finds this out tonight.

Sean Lowe, whose family made a great impression on Emily Maynard on their hometown date in Dallas last week, gets a little tongue-tied in Curacao.

"Sean does a million things to tell me that he's the one for me," Emily says. "But I need more. I can't go through this and fall in love and have it not work again."

Sean Lowe and Emily Maynard

"I still feel like Sean is an affectionate guy," Emily says, "but I still feel like there's something going on in his mind that he will not let himself go there."

You know what she means by that. So does he.

"The love that I'm experiencing with Emily is quite different than love I've had in the past," Sean Lowe says. "So desperately I just want to open up and tell her how I really feel."

"Which is 'I love you.' It's hard to say those words and it's always been hard."

So will he say it? Will it be enough to get him the final rose June 22? Time (and The Bachelorette spoilers) will tell. Who do you think she should pick?

 

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Emily Maynard is falling in love on The Bachelorette. That's the good news. The bad? It's with more than one person, as she tells us in the promo for next week!

Yes, the show recycles this line every season, but in Emily's case, it really does appear true. Jef Holm, Sean Lowe and Arie Luyendyk, Jr. have all won her over.

Who will she pick? Read The Bachelorette spoilers if you want to know the latest intel there. Regardless, it clearly won't be an easy call for the 26-year-old:

With overnight dates looming in Curacao, how will the single mom reconcile the fact that all of the above are looking more and more like husband material?

"From here on out it's Emily trying to choose a lifestyle, a father for Ricki and a great man and husband for herself. These guys just get better each week and in my opinion she's narrowed it down to three phenomenal guys," says host Chris Harrison.

"Emily was a mess. She began to get really emotional, not only that time is running out, but she was freaking out that she's falling for three guys."

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The Bachelorette star Emily Maynard may have found Mr. Right in the end - read the latest Bachelorette spoilers here to learn who - but it wasn't easy on her.

The 26-year-old single mom became increasingly stressed out and worried about her looks throughout the season, according to a new report in Us.

"She literally cried," an insider says, if she was at all dissatisfied with her on-set hair and makeup, and "would throw a fit if she didn't like her outfit."

"She'd break out in tears when she was unhappy about anything."

Emily Maynard, Bachelorette

For a young woman who always seems so put-together, this report is a little surprising ... or just false. Either way, it's easy to see why she's stressed.

As a single mom to Ricki, who just turned seven, Emily Maynard faces a tougher decision than most of the ABC show's stars that came before her.

Any Bachelor or Bachelorette fan knows it may not work out after the hit show, but the prospect of failure is harder to stomach with a child involved.

It remains to be seen if Maynard will accept a proposal from either Sean Lowe, Jef Holm or Arie Luyendyk on The Bachelorette's Sunday July 22 finale.

Tell us below: Who do you think she should choose?

 

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Four guys. One girl. Four families. One broken heart.

Things got serious, emotional, cheesy and awkward as always on The Bachelorette as Emily Maynard went to her prospective husbands' places of origin.

Arie, Chris, Jef and Sean each received a hero's welcome and acquitted themselves well on make-or-break hometown dates, but only three roses were in play.

Who got the boot, and who's on to the final three? Follow this link for all The Bachelorette spoilers we know, then read on for THG's official +/- recap!

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Over-under on the number of times the phrase "hometown date" is spoken tonight? 17. And we're betting the over. Minus 17 because it'll be close.

Ricki sighting! Plus 20. She turns seven TODAY, so Plus 7 more.

Minus 10 for killing time and recapping all the guys. Snooze.

Chris Bukowski is up first. Are they getting him out of the way? Guy has to be the clear underdog among the top four. Sorry Chris, it's just true man.

"On a scale of one to Polish, we're Polish." - Proudly Polish Chris. Plus 5.

Mmm ... beer. Emily Maynard drinks a lot of it for a girly girl. Plus 4.

She always looks very, very tan ... in Chicago, in early spring, that makes one of them. Minus 3 for maybe trying just a little too hard sometimes.

Plus 6, though for the hair. It's so pretty.

Chris says his folks are pumped to meet their future daughter-in-law. On the same day Emily comes by? Wow, that's gonna be awkward! Minus 10.

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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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A harsh reality is setting in for Emily Maynard of The Bachelorette, according to a tabloid report suggesting she is unhappy with the guy she picked on the season finale and is currently leaning on Brad Womack for support, despite his recent dig at her.

Yes, her ex-fiance and ex-Bachelor star Brad Womack.

Emily Back With Brad?

This is the second gossip item in as many days suggesting Emily ends up with someone not named Jef, Sean, Chris or Arie. Yesterday, it was Emily Maynard and Chris Harrison getting it on (seriously). Today, it's Emily and Brad redux!

Life & Style "exclusively" reveals that Emily got engaged to her final Bachelor on the Caribbean island of Curacao, but is having doubts about the pick.

Even The Bachelorette spoilers don't specify who that is, but the magazine says it's led her back to Brad Womack, who picked her on The Bachelor.

More believable than the Chris story or less so? Your call!

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The Bachelorette star Emily Maynard has four sexy suitors left, but the true object affection is newly-single host Chris Harrison, a tabloid hilariously claims.

Star cites "insiders" involved with the hit ABC reality show talking about how close the pair have become, with some even saying they are "madly in love."

While this revelation is new, the "electric attraction" has caused sparks to fly from the beginning, even before Chris and wife Gwen split up this spring.

Emily Maynard, Chris Harrison

"Chris openly told staffers that Emily was the most beautiful woman he'd ever laid eyes on," said an insider, who apparently wasn't alone in noticing.

Even former contestants were aware of the potential there.

"From the beginning, I always said there was no way Emily was really going to end up with one of the guys," says former Bachelor winner Vienna Girardi.

"She really wanted to be with Chris, and it was obvious he wanted to be with her too, I vacationed with Chris and his family in St. Lucia and know him well."

"He was never with his wife. He's a flirt. I guarantee Emily and Chris end up together. If she gets engaged to another man, the show will probably spin it as a love triangle."

Wait ... Vienna Girardi vacationed with Chris' family?

There may not be enough salt on the planet to take this report with. As for who she really picks, The Bachelorette spoilers say little about who does get her final rose next month ... though there are hints as to the final three.

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Ali Fedotowsky, who starred on The Bachelorette two summers ago, recently offered her views on who Emily Maynard should pick and as her lifelong mate.

"Okay, I keep going back and forth. Like, literally, I’ve changed my mind 500 times," Ali said of Emily's remaining aspiring husbands, of whom four remain.

While Ali first thought it was either Jef Holm or Arie Luyendyk, Jr., she now says she's ruled out Arie and doesn't think Jef is ready to be Ricki's stepfather.

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She likens Emily and Jef to herself and Chris Lambton, the runner-up to Roberto Martinez (who she broke up with after an 18 month-engagement) in 2010.

"This is a confusing season! She keeps saying that her relationship with Jef is slow to develop – that’s what I always used to say about Chris," says Ali.

"I mean, Chris is a great guy, such an awesome guy. But that’s like code on The Bachelorette for 'we’re really just not romantically into each other.'”

Which brings her to the pick:

"If I had to guess right now, I’m going back to Sean Lowe," the insurance salesman from Texas who moonlights as a male model, she finally answered.

The Bachelorette spoilers offer some hints as to who makes it past the hometown dates, but as far as her final rose recipient, all bets are still off!

Whom do you think Emily should end up with?