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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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Is Emily Maynard really as sweet and down-to-earth as she seems on The Bachelorette? Probably, but that doesn't make for good celebrity gossip!

That's got to be the rationale for Us Weekly’s most recent issue, which touts “shocking secrets” about Maynard, the 26-year-old single mom.

They have four major claims, which we break down below:

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  1. Nose job, breast implants, fake teeth, etc. "Sources" say she went under the knife prior to taping Brad Womack’s season of The Bachelor in 2010.
  2. She's a temperamental b!tch: “Maynard has admitted that her relationship with Brad post-Bachelor was marred by 'knock-down, drag-out fights.'"  
  3. She and Ricki’s grandparents hate each other: The late Ricky Hen­drick’s parents are “livid” Maynard decided to do a second round of reality TV.
  4. She's kind of a social-climbing snob: “Emily is a bit of a social climber” who's dated "some heavy hitters" and enjoys the finer things in life.

All in all, kind of a non-story. She’s naturally gorgeous, even if she wears too much make-up, and couples fight sometimes. Brad's no picnic either.

As for her telling Kalon McMahon to hit the bricks, if someone called your kid “baggage,” well, you aren't a b!tch for snapping back. You're human.

Ricky's parents hating her? Who knows. It's not hard to believe there's tension or they don't like her going on The Bachelorette for obvious reasons.

And wow, Emily Maynard has money and has dated famous people (including other race car drivers not named Ricky or Arie Luyendyk, Jr.)? Gasp!

Really, Us, you're stretching a little bit here.

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Emily Maynard debuts as The Bachelorette May 14, and we're starting to piece together the coming season of the long-running ABC guilty pleasure.

The Bachelorette spoilers revealed thus far show that the men competing from Emily mostly range in age from 25-35, and are Caucasian. Shocker!

She'll meet a teacher, a gym owner, a model, a bunch of of executives, a big-name race car driver (seriously) and a Jef with one "f" (also seriously).

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Emily Maynard, 25, won Brad Womack's season of The Bachelor, but that didn't work out. She bested Ashley Hebert, the previous Bachelorette star.

As he did then, Reality Steve has been digging like a madman for spoilers on the upcoming season for those of us who can't wait until the summer.

What has he found out through his mysterious unnamed sources? Quite a bit, and his track record would suggest it's more than a little accurate.

Come along as we reveal the men who will vie for the North Carolina native's heart - and the final four who are left standing! Who are the lucky fellas?

Follow the jump and let's get this party started!

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