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Desiree Hartsock Seeks Second Chance at Love in “The Bachelorette”

Kevin Foley/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Desiree Hartsock is back. The 27-year-old bridal stylist who failed to win Sean Lowe’s heart on The Bachelor will get her second chance to find love, but this time she’ll be the one who’ll have to choose from a field of 25 suitors when she stars on the ninth season of The Bachelorette, premiering Monday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

Hartsock, who hails from Northglenn, Colo., had been a fan favorite when she appeared on the 17th season of The Bachelor, and made it to the final four before being eliminated after Lowe’s meeting with her family went wrong.

Hartsock’s brother became a source of tension during the family visit when he accused Lowe of not fully reciprocating Hartsock’s feelings and of being a playboy — allegations that Lowe denied.

Although Hartsock apologized to Lowe for her brother’s behavior, she was sent home.

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach interviewed Hartsock and the show’s host, Chris Harrison, for an interview that aired Monday on Good Morning America.

Robach asked Hartsock about her first meeting with the bachelors, and how it felt to have so many men seeking to make a good impression on her.

 “You know I was surprised every step of the way when someone new came out, I didn’t know what was going to happen, to be honest, and they really impressed me,” Hartsock said.

One of the suitors arrived at the first meeting with his 4-year-old son.

“I was actually blown away that he even brought his son, so it really melted my heart to see the little boy give me a flower,” Hartsock said.

Hartsock has described her prior participation on the franchise as emotionally draining, so Robach asked her why she wanted to repeat the experience.

“You know, I wanted to do it again because although it was emotionally draining, those were real feelings and the relationships did form,” she said.

Hartsock told Robach that she was past her feelings for Lowe.

Asked whether Hartsock had found true love on the show, Harrison and Hartsock wouldn’t say.

“I will say this, I think top to bottom it’s the best season we’ve ever had, it really is, for good and bad, it’s a roller coaster ride, unfortunately,” Harrison said.

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Cheryl Burke the Next Bachelorette?

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Look out Emily Maynard.

If the most recent Bachelorette, already split from Jef Holm, the man who allegedly stole her heart on the show, wants another stab at reality-TV love, she might have to learn the tango to ward off her competition, Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke.

Maynard, 26, who has called herself a “hopeless romantic,” has not said specifically whether she wants back on the show, but the single Burke, 28, certainly has.

“I did meet with the execs, but we’ll see what happens,” Burke told reporters from Us Weekly and Access Hollywood backstage at Monday’s taping of DWTS, ABC’s other top-rated reality-TV show where she has danced for 14 seasons.

“There hasn’t been a firm offer, but if they offer it to me, I would love to do it,” she said.

A representative  for ABC told ABC News Wednesday, “We don’t comment on speculations and rumor.”

The uncertainty doesn’t seem to be deterring Burke, still in the competition in this season’s “All-Stars” contest with her celebrity partner, NFL great Emmitt Smith, from dreaming of reality-TV love.

“I’ve been so unlucky with dates for myself,” she told Access Hollywood. “So why not have someone else pick them for me.”

Burke, a two-time winner of the show’s coveted mirrorball trophy, has been lucky with her high-profile partners on the show, including former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, entertainer Wayne Newton and singer Drew Lachey, but says the time she has devoted to them and the show is keeping her from finding a real-life soulmate.

“It sounds crazy, but I’m so married to my work that I rarely meet new people. I’m around the same people all the time, I’ve been on this show for nearly a decade,” Burke told a reporter from Us.  “Over the summer I dated a couple of guys and it turned out all bad, so I just figured if someone were to make the choice for me, then maybe I’d have a better chance of meeting someone good.”

A representative for Burke confirmed her comments Wednesday to ABC News, and echoed ABC’s assertion that no specific deal is in the works.

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Report: Emily Maynard 'Blindsided' by Jef Holm's Efforts to Sell Tell-All

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LOS ANGELES) -- Emily Maynard claims she knew nothing about Jef Holm’s efforts to dish the dirt on their split to the highest bidder, UsWeekly reports.

A source tells UsWeekly the reigning Bachelorette was shocked to learn that her former fiancé is hoping to sell a tell-all about their break-up to magazines.

“Reporters were calling her and asking, ‘Will you comment on the story?’”  The source adds, “She was blindsided."

An insider says Maynard “is sad and embarrassed about Jeff.”

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"Bachelorette" Emily Maynard and Jef Holm Confirm Breakup

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LOS ANGELES) -- The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard and Jef Holm have confirmed the speculation that they've broken up.

Maynard, a single mom, says in a statement to People magazine, "I have no regrets because I did find love and shared an incredible journey with a really special person -- and you know what, we tried our best because the love between us was so real."

"I have nothing but respect and love for Jef and his family, but ultimately we are just at different points in our lives," she added.

In his own statement, Holm says, "Emily and I are great friends and I hope we can continue to be friends forever.  Everyone wants a salacious story to break, but the truth is we are just two people who fell in love and tried our hardest to make it work.  I will always love her."  

According to E! Online, Holm recently changed his relationship status on Facebook from "engaged" to "single."  On Monday, he re-tweeted a comment that reads, "God has a way to heal your sorrow. God has a way to touch your tomorrow. Trust him."

Maynard's last post on Twitter is an Instagram photo depicting the following message: "She is clothed with strength & dignity and laughs without fear of the future."

Holm and Maynard got engaged on the most recent season of ABC's The Bachelorette, which aired over the summer.

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Report: "The Bachelorette's" Emily Had No Choice but to Choose Jef

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LOS ANGELES) -- When Emily Maynard gave the final rose to Jef Holm on the season finale of The Bachelorette, she may have been hiding her real feelings. 

Sources tell In Touch, contestant Arie Luyendyk Jr. was her first choice, but “[Jef] won because Emily didn’t have any other options.”

The report says Luyendyk left the show after learning Maynard slept with Holm on their fantasy suite date.  The source says Luyendyk had slept with Maynard on multiple occasions, but he "didn't know that she had been sleeping with other people."  Once he found out, he "started to wonder if he knew this woman."

To save the "bachelorette" from embarassment,  the source claims show producers reached out to Luyendyk and offered him money, a free vacation and a chance to become the next "Bachelor" in exchange for filming a date scene in which Maynard would dump him.

The In Touch source claims producers told Luyendyk, “You’re going to make this look really bad for yourself if you don’t come along.  You’re contractually obligated if we want you there.”

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Emily Chooses Jef on "Bachelorette" Season Finale

ABC/ROMAN FRANCISCO(NEW YORK) -- What a difference a year makes for “Bachelorette” Emily Maynard.  The 26-year-old single mom from Charlotte, N.C., whose engagement to Bachelor Brad Womack last year turned out to be short-lived, accepted the proposal of 27-year-old Utah entrepreneur Jef Holm on the season finale of her ABC series Sunday night.

The moment was anti-climactic for viewers, since Emily had already sent home the runner-up, 30-year-old race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., during a very brief but emotional get-together with him.

The Caribbean island of Curacao was the setting for the finale, which began with Jef and Arie meeting Emily’s family separately.  Her father, mother and brother approved of both men, so it was left to Emily to make her own decision.

She settled on Jef after she introduced him to her 6-year-old daughter, Ricki, with whom he instantly bonded.  The next day, she told host Chris Harrison she knew she wanted to be with Jef, and that she would end her relationship with Arie.

After exchanging pleasantries with Arie at the start of what he expected to be their final date, she broke down in tears and confided that she couldn’t be with him anymore.  Emily wanted to have a longer conversation with Arie, but he made it clear to her that he wanted to avoid a drawn-out goodbye.

Later, in what was a mere formality, Jef popped the question, Emily presented the final rose, and they became engaged.

And yes, they are still engaged. On the After the Final Rose special, Jef said he will move to Charlotte and will continue to plan his wedding with Emily. She said they have not yet set a date or location, though she hinted at a spring wedding, possibly in Charleston. Presumably, she meant Charleston, S.C., which is about 200 miles south of Charlotte.

In the short term, the couple plans to make a humanitarian trip to Africa to build water wells for the needy.

Arie also appeared on the After the Final Rose special, revealing that he flew to Charlotte after taping the show in an attempt to see Emily one more time and get closure.  However, he said, he reconsidered, instead calling her and leaving at her home a personal journal he’d written throughout the competition.  Emily brought the journal with her to the special, but said she never read it because she didn’t think it would do anyone much good.

Emily was previously engaged to Ricki's father, NASCAR driver and team owner Ricky Hendrick, who died in a plane crash in 2004, and Brad Womack, from whom she split not long after the 2011 Bachelor season finale aired.

The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise continues Monday night with the season premiere of ABC’s Bachelor Pad.

The network has yet to announce who the new “Bachelor” will be when that show returns next year.

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Will "Bachelorette" Contestant Be the Next Bachelor?

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(DALLAS) -- Sean Lowe finished third in the race to win Emily Maynard's heart on the current season of ABC's The Bachelorette, but the 28-year-old Dallas insurance agent may get a second shot at love by becoming the next Bachelor. reports that producers are considering Lowe for the next edition of The Bachelor.

Lowe tells The Dallas Morning News he would need to sleep on it before he made a decision. Lowe said being a Bachelorette contestant was emotionally and physically taxing, so he could only imagine how exhausting it would be to be on a show where 25 girls were competing for his affections.

Lowe is reportedly being considered because Roberto Martinez, the former fiance of last year's Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky, was offered the opportunity, but has not yet made a decision.

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"Bachelorette" Begins New Season Monday

Craig Sjodin/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Emily Maynard renews her search for a soul mate when The Bachelorette opens its eighth season Monday night. The 26-year-old Maynard, who has a six-year-old daughter named Ricki, starred on the 2011 season of The Bachelor and got engaged to “Bachelor” Brad Womack. They split not long after the season finale aired. Maynard was previously engaged to NASCAR driver and team owner Ricky Hendrick, who died in a plane crash in 2004.

The Bachelorette airs Monday night at 9:30 p.m. EST, following Dancing with the Stars.

Here’s a look at the 25 men who will appear on the new season of The Bachelorette:

  • Aaron, 36, a biology teacher from Long Beach, CA
  • Alessandro, 30, a grain merchant from St. Paul, MN
  • Alejandro, 25, a mushroom farmer from San Francisco, CA
  • Arie, 30, a race car driver from Scottsdale, AZ
  • Brent, 41, a technology salesman from Fresno, CA
  • Charlie, 32, a recruiter from Nashville, TN
  • Chris, 25, a corporate sales director from Chicago, IL
  • David, 33, a singer/songwriter from New York, NY
  • Doug, 33, a real estate agent from Seattle, WA
  • Jackson, 29, a fitness model from Lockport, IL
  • Jean-Paul, 35, a marine biologist from Seattle, WA
  • Jef, 27, an entrepreneur from Salt Lake City, UT
  • Joe, 27, a field energy advisor from Los Angeles, CA
  • John “Wolf,” 30, a data destruction specialist from St. Louis, MO
  • Kalon, 27, a luxury brand consultant from Houston, TX
  • Kyle, 29, a financial advisor from Long Beach, CA
  • Lerone, 29, a real estate consultant from Los Angeles, CA
  • Michael, 26, a rehab counselor from Austin, TX
  • Nate, 25, an accountant from Los Angeles, CA
  • Randy, 30, a marketing manager from Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Ryan, 31, a pro sports trainer from Augusta, GA
  • Sean, 28, an insurance agent from Dallas, TX
  • Stevie, 26, a party MC from Staten Island, NY
  • Tony, 31, a lumber trader from Beaverton, OR
  • Travis, 30, an advertising sales representative from Madison, MS

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Wedding Bells for 'Bachelor'/'Bachelorette' Couple, 'Dexter' Star Julie Benz

FIle photo. Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Who says The Bachelor franchise doesn't produce any marriages?

Landscaper Chris Lambton, who appeared in the 2010 season of The Bachelorette, and Peyton Wright, a contestant on the 2007 edition of The Bachelor, tied the knot at a South Carolina resort on Saturday, according to Us Weekly.

The couple began their relationship in 2010 and got engaged the following year.

They weren't the only celebrities to get married on Saturday. Former Dexter star Julie Benz wed Rich Orosco in Los Angeles, according to People magazine. The 40-year-old actress had been engaged to Orosco since last June.

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"Bachelor" Host Chris Harrison and Wife Separate 

Donald B. Kravitz/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Harrison, the host of ABC's The Bachelor, and his wife of 18 years, Gwen, have announced their separation.  

The couple said in a joint statement to, "Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate, our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children."

The pair has two sons, Joshua, 9, and Taylor, 7.  

Harrison also hosts ABC's The Bachelorette. The new season of The Bachelorette kicks off May 14.

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