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Sean Lowe Joins 'Dancing With the Stars'

March 13, 2013

Dawn Minty

Sean Lowe

"The Bachelor" Sean Lowe, who proposed to Catherine on the finale of the show that aired March 11, will dance on this season of "Dancing with the Stars." He'll be paired with Peta Murgatroyd on season 16, which begins Monday, March 18. He'll be joined by Dorothy Hamill, Kellie Pickler, Wynonna Judd, Aly Raisman, D.L. Hugley, Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Dick, Victor Ortiz, Zendaya Coleman, Ingo Rademacher and Jacoby Jones on the reality dancing competition on ABC. Lowe's addition to the DWTS cast was announced Tuesday (March 12) on "Good Morning America." Read about DWTS pairings here.

Here's a recap of Monday's "After the Final Rose" show:

Desiree, who was eliminated after the hometown date episode with Sean Lowe, will be the new Bachelorette. Viewers learn that Catherine and Sean are still together. Sean says that he was nervous when host Chris Harrison handed him that letter from Catherine. "I love everything about her... You are my best friend. The love of my life," Sean tells Catherine. Sean had tears in his eyes when they watched the proposal. "I love her so much," he says. Catherine says she was shaking when Sean proposed and Sean says he had to tell her to look at the ring because otherwise she wasn't paying attention. They're going to get married very soon and ABC will telecast it. She hasn't moved to Dallas yet but her bags are packed although Sean says you never know when God will throw you a curve ball. "Whatever happens we're going to be together," Sean says.

"I'm on top of the world right now," Sean says. He's excited to bring her out on stage. "I want to be with her," he says. Chris says Sean lights up when Catherine is around. But first, Chris asks him about Lindsay. He says it was as tough as when his grandpa died. "I'm excited to see her... I'm a little nervous," Sean says. "I still don't have a reason... outside of being in love with Catherine," Sean says.

"I think that you handled it really well," Lindsay tells Sean. She says that she grew stronger from the situation and that she's grateful for that. She says that she felt like she was going to get engaged when she saw him the final time. She says she kept wondering what had gone wrong. Sean couldn't say anything more than that Catherine was The One and that he didn't know it until the final dates. Lindsay says prayer and the support of her family got her through it.

Here's a recap of Monday's "Bachelor" finale:

"The Bachelor" Sean Lowe proposes to Catherine and says a painful goodbye to Lindsay. Sean Lowe tells Catherine: "I knew from the very beginning that you were someone I wanted to be around." "I think the world of you and every time we have to say goodbye, I miss you. I don't want to say goodbye anymore. Catherine, I want to spend the rest of my life telling you how much I love you," Sean says. He gets down on one knee and asks her to marry him. "Is this for real?" she asks. He says it is. "I'm so addicted to you," Catherine says. He gives her the final rose. "You're absolutely my best friend... You're my prince," she says. "I'm the lucky one," he says. They ride into the sunset on an elephant.

Sean tells Lindsay she has been "such a surprise." "You just blow me away. You really do." "Lindsay, this is the toughest thing I've ever had to do... As of yesterday I didn't know what I was doing." He tells Lindsay that he knows that he loves her. When she asks if it's something about her, Sean says: "I can't think of one thing that you possess that I don't want in a wife... I'm so sorry." Lindsay tells him it's OK. "OK I'm going to go... This is really painful." She's shocked. She says she's happy that he found love but that she can't imagine her life without him. "I feel so blessed to have gotten to know you," Sean tells Lindsay as he walks her out. When Lindsay drives away, host Chris Harrison delivers a note to Sean from Catherine. Last-minute love note or something bad? First, commercials. "I will love you forever, if you let me," Catherine's note says.

Lindsay cries as her limo drives away. She's upset that everything that she wanted was dangled in front of her and then taken away. "I'm so sad... I don't want to be alone."

He says he woke up the morning that he was to give away his final rose -- and possibly an engagement ring -- to Lindsay or Catherine and he "just knew" who his leading lady would be. The two-hour finale of the ABC show, is airing now. It will immediately be followed by "After the Final Rose," where we discover if the 29-year-old Texas bachelor will soon be a husband. The new bachelorette will also be announced on "After the Final Rose."

As they get ready, Catherine seems confused and Lindsay seems confident. Sean says he's made his decision, and he seems confident and hopeful.

The finale kicks off with host Chris Harrison on a stage in front of a studio audience explaining that tonight will be a "Bachelor first." Viewers heard this after seeing previews promising a "bombshell" episode. Chris says the show's producers have received a "status" update on Sean in the last 24-hours. After watching the final dates, Sean's former bachelorettes weigh in on who they think Sean will choose. Jackie, Sarah and AshLee choose Lindsay. Lesley picks Catherine. (Is Desiree waiting behind the stage to be announced as next season's Bachelorette? We can only hope!)

Sean's family gets to meet Catherine and Lindsay on tonight's episode. First, Sean gets to reconnect and share his feelings with his family. Sean's toddler nephew makes fun of his uncle. "Emily didn't pick you," he said while laughing. His mother asks if he's planning to propose to one of the women. If so, she thinks he needs to know now which is the front runner. He doesn't "I didn't think I could have this strong of feelings for both of them," Sean tells his mother.

Sean's dad tells Catherine that if she joins the family, he'll be her biggest cheerleader. It's a very sweet moment. They're both emotional. His dad is equally as emotional when he meets Lindsay. She tells him she thinks the secret to making marriage work will be prayer, communication and meeting in the middle. He loves that answer.

"Lindsay makes me feel loved," Sean says. "She's the piece that I've been missing for so long. And then there's Catherine I'm falling in love with her too. She means the world to me. I think I could probably have a long, happy marriage with both Catherine and Lindsay at this point."

Sean's mom encourages him not to propose to either woman if he's not totally sure. Sean looks disappointed and tells his mom: "I just want your support." Mom starts to cry and Sean and mom go for a walk. The cameras keep rolling but Sean reassures her that he's going to be fine. "She just doesn't want me to make a mistake," Sean says later.

Final date with Lindsay

During their final date, Lindsay tells Sean that he has everything she has ever wanted in a husband. "I don't know what I'd do if I lost you. It makes me really nervous," she says. "Don't be nervous," Sean tells her. She finds his kisses reassuring. "His kisses kind of just tell me it all." Lindsay says this journey has made her strong and confident. As a final gift, Sean and Lindsay release wishing lanterns, they're a Thai tradition that are often incorporated into modern American weddings. Fortunately, Sean and Lindsay have more luck with their lanterns than the folks on TLC's "Four Weddings." They release three with different messages: love happiness and family. "At this moment I really think she's the one for me," Sean says.

Why Sean might pickCatherine, the laid-back, fun 26-year-old from Seattle. "She's a little weird and nerdy and goofy," like me, Sean said. "No matter where Catherine and I are we always laugh," Sean said during her hometown date.

Why he might chooseLindsay, the 24-year-old substitute teacher from Montana, who almost was eliminated week one when she stepped out of the limo in a wedding gown. "She's so much more than the crazy girl in a wedding dress that I met the first night," Sean says. "You're the best friend that I've been looking for," Sean told Lindsay on their last date.

Final date with Catherine

Catherine told Sean that she loved meeting his family. "I know the way that you see family is exactly what I want for mine," Catherine told Sean. "You're constantly on my mind and I picture you and I together a lot." "I know how incredible you are," Sean said.

As he goes to leave for the night, Catherine tells Sean that she loves him. He kisses her on the forehead. And then on the lips. She said after she told him that she loved him, she'd hoped to see a glimmer of something. "Nothing." She follows him and is crying. He hugs her. "This is one of the most horrible goodbyes I've ever had," she said. "I can't get anything out of him," she said. "I want him to reciprocate his feelings for me so that I know why I've given so much," she said. "I can't predict what's going to happen and it's scary because I'm on a limb by myself again," she said. "He has to be crazy about both of us at this point," she said.

"I never thought I'd be in this situation," Sean said. "The fact that I'll break someone's heart, kills me," Sean said.

Here's a recap of the previously eliminated bachelorettes:

ELIMINATED ON THE SHOW'S EIGHTH WEEK

AshLee F, a 32-year-old professional organizer from Houston. Her birth parents abandoned her and she was in foster care before being adopted by a pastor and his family.

ELIMINATED ON THE SEVENTH WEEK

Desiree, a 26-year-old bridal stylist from LA.

ELIMINATED ON WEEK SIX EPISODE:

Lesley M., a 25-year-old Washington, D.C. political consultant from Arkansas, says she's a modern Southern belle. "Rejection hurts. Heartbreak hurts," she says. "I hoped it would be Sean. Unfortunately, it's not what I think. It's what he thinks." Catherine seems to have a tough time when Lesley is eliminated. "If he doesn't want Lesley I don't know why I'm here. She has more in common with him than I do... my beliefs are shattered about what he wants," she said.

Tierra, a 24-year-old from Denver, who fails to get along with the other bachelorettes and seems to have accidents/illnesses that line up with spending more alone time with Sean.

ELIMINATED ON WEEK FIVE, SECOND NIGHT

Daniella, a 24-year-old from San Francisco. "I'm in complete shock... I'm hurt," she said. "It's tough to have your heart broken... I want to find love, really badly."

Selma, a 29-year-old real estate developer in California. "I'm leaving with a heartbreak and a memory... It's really hard to leave, and Tierra is in there celebrating."

Sarah, a 26-year-old who works in advertising in LA, who was born with just one arm. Sean eliminated her before the rose ceremony.

ELIMINATED WEEK FIVE, FIRST NIGHT

Jackie, a 25-year-old cosmetics consultant from Florida

Robyn, a 24-year-old engineer in Houston. She fell down doing back flips out of the limo on episode one. "What was he thinking sending me home instead of Tierra?" she wondered. "He probably thinks I'm the one starting the drama."

ELIMINATED WEEK FOUR

Leslie H, a 29-year-old poker dealer. "It sucks saying goodbye to Sean... I would honestly give back all these clothes and these diamond earrings to have more time with him," she said. She was eliminated after a one-on-one date that included a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive.

Amanda, a 26-year-old fitness model in California. "I feel really rejected... It's going to be hard to get over Sean... I feel stupid." She was eliminated after a group roller derby date where she fell and hurt her jaw. The injury required a trip to the hospital and was visibly swollen at the elimination rose ceremony.

ELIMINATED WEEK THREE:

Upon being eliminated, Kacie B. said: "I really wanted this to work." Sean told her that he tried to move her out of the friend zone but he just didn't feel anything romantic for her. Before the rose ceremony, he asked to speak with her for a minute, and he let her go without forcing her to stand through the rose ceremony. The 25-year-old from Tennessee, has appeared on "The Bachelor" before. She was a bachelorette on Ben's season and she and Sean met in New York at a post-Bachelor party and clicked as friends. Kacie arrived on this season's show as a surprise to see if she and Sean could form a romantic bond.

Taryn, a 30-year-old from Oregon, said "Maybe I wasn't sweet enough for him."

Kristy, a 25-year-old Ford model. "I wish I would have found love here but you can't force something that isn't there," she said.

ELIMINATED WEEK TWO

Diana, a 31-year-old stylist in Salt Lake City Utah and mom to two girls. "I'm sad to not have more time with him," she said.

Brooke, a 25-year-old community organizer from Pittsburgh. "Love just was not here. It wasn't," she said.

Katie, a 27-year-old yoga teacher in Charlotte, chose to leave the show during the season's first group date.

ELIMINATED WEEK ONE:

Kelly, a 28-year-old cruise ship entertainer from Nashville, sang for Sean during their introduction. She was embarrassed to be eliminated. "I feel like, who'd want to date the crazy girl that sings a song for Sean and gets kicks off 'The Bachelor' the first week," she said.

Paige, a 25-year-old New York jumbotron operator, also failed to receive a rose when she appeared on season 3 of "The Bachelor Pad." She felt embarrassed to be eliminated so quickly from both shows. "When you fail again, that sucks... It's really sad," she said.

Ashley H, a 25-year-old fashion model, told Sean that her blue dress matched his eyes. I guess he was unimpressed. "The devastation, I try not to let it sink in but it hurts," she said.

Lauren, a 27-year-old journalist from Rhode Island, told Sean about her Italian family. Her dad told Lauren to tell Sean, "If you break my heart he's going to break your legs." I guess the threat was a bad idea.

Ashley P., a 28-year-old Michigan stylist and fan of "Fifty Shades of Grey," said: "It's a little bit of a bumsky." She then did a little dance and hiked up her dress to show Sean what he was missing. "Mom, don't be mad," she said in her exit interview.

Keriann, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Florida, told Sean she drove over 2,775 miles to meet him. "That's so flattering." Sean said. I guess flattery will get you no where with Sean.

Lacey, a 24-year-old student in California, gave Sean a piece of lace so he'd remember her name. Maybe he still forgot to call it out during the elimination ceremony?



Source: (c)2013 the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.


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