The Bachelorette only has six suitors left, and if all goes well, she may soon have a fiancé on her hands.
The star of this season, single mom Emily Maynard, will choose among the half-dozen remaining suitors for a shot at everlasting love. Each of them seems like a decent catch, but ultimately, Maynard will have to decide who she will take home to meet her family -- and introduce to her 6-year-old daughter, Ricki.
Let's take a look at the contenders. Who do you think she should pick?
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The race car driver was a good, if reluctant, sport about the whole Shakespeare production during the London episode. He got the short straw and had to play Juliet's nurse instead of Romeo to Maynard's Juliet. (He even donned women's garb and a braided wig.) At 30, he should be mature enough for the 26-year-old Maynard. And the two share a love of race car driving. Maynard's late fiancé, Ricky Hendrick, was in the profession before he died in a plane crash. Next week's episode promises a glimpse into a past romantic relationship Arie had with a Bachelorette producer. Maynard is reportedly ticked that he didn't mention that before, according to reports. Think they can get past this and make a life together?
Maynard wasn't thrilled when she first learned that Chris was only 25, as she is hoping to find a more mature fellow who is ready for fatherhood. (She's already got a daughter, so there's not much of a learning curve.) But he's been a competitive candidate this season. Maynard gave him props during the Croatia episode. He was dismal during the Highland games, but she gave him a special trophy cup for keeping such a good face. There just might be hope for this one.
Doug, like Maynard, is a single parent. He has a young son, Austin. He is the one who alerted Maynard to Kalon's comment that Maynard's daughter, Ricki, was baggage, which led to that man's unceremonious elimination (literally, he did not make it to the rose ceremony, that's how ticked Maynard was with his comment). Doug is 33 years old and resides in Seattle. Could these two single parents from opposite ends of the country find enduring love together?
Maynard seems to enjoy the company of 27-year-old Jef. She was hoping he'd take a little more charge, romance-wise, which he eventually did in London. So there just might be something lasting there. Still, we can't help shake the fact that they look like they could be little brother and big sister. He's such a babyface!
John found himself in the bottom two in this week's episode (the other was Doug). But Maynard elected to keep them both around for another week, as she apparently couldn't decide between them. Will the 30-year-old data destruction specialist (yep, that's his job) from Missouri do well on his second chance?
The blonde, blue-eyed Sean is a major fan favorite. Like Maynard, the hunky muscled man hails from the Southern United States (Dallas, Texas). He and Maynard had a cheesy-good one-on-one date in London. 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, he said on a conference call after the episode aired, People reported. That was the day I knew I had really strong feelings for her and the first time I pictured myself being with her in the future. Sounds like a potential winner!
Looks like Maynard has a promising crop of men to pick from. Who do you think is suited for marriage and fatherhood?