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Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici got engaged Monday on The Bachelor finale, then went and dropped the "bombshell" that they want to marry on ABC.

The future looked nothing but bright for the gushing couple last night, but the honeymoon (so to speak) is over, and the real work has yet to begin.

Will their love last – and will they actually make it to the altar?

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici: The Proposal

As we know with franchise, the track record is not what you’d call good. Just a handful of unions have resulted from 16 Bachelors and seven Bachelorettes.


In recent years, however, the results have somewhat improved, thanks to Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney and Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum.

Past performance is not a perfect indicator of course, because every season – and couple – is different. Sean and Cat certainly have great chemistry.

Still, some critics say that while the smitten pair has a blast together, there is something lacking, and building blocks of lasting love may elude them.

Reaction to Sean and the happy-go-lucky, hilarious, bubbly Catherine Giudici definitely improved as the season progressed, but is still mixed.

Some fans preferred him with runner-up Lindsay Yenter, third-place finisher AshLee Frazier or even The Bachelorette-in-waiting Desiree Hartsock.

They certainly seem confident in their future, though, and if anyone seems grounded enough to make it last through this difficult phase, it’s Sean.

Then again, he’s already going Dancing With the Stars … and we know how well that worked out for Jake Pavelka. We know, they’re not the same at all.

Still, it makes you wonder. Can any relationship survive this adjustment period as the duo acclimates to real life? Some can, but some can not.

Will Cat and Sean beat the odds? Time will tell. But you tell us for now:

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici: Will they last?