Even before it was revealed on Monday night’s The Bachelor season finale that Ben Higgins proposed to Lauren Bushnell and that his runner-up, JoJo Fletcher, is now the next star of The Bachelorette, both Kaitlyn Bristowe and Andi Dorfman shared that they’re happy with whatever the outcome is.
Prior to the season finale, Andi, who was The Bachelorette Season 10 star, posted a photo of herself drinking wine with Kaitlyn, the Season 11 star. Andi wrote that she and Kaitlyn are cheering the finale and the next Bachelorette. Andi added that they’re passing the torch.
Kaitlyn reposted Andi’s photo on her own Instagram page. Kaitlyn added that she’s cheering for Ben, his final pick, and the next Bachelorette. Kaitlyn welcomed them to the Bachelor family club.
As the After the Final Rose special aired, Andi predicted that JoJo will be the next Bachelorette. Andi tweeted that JoJo’s smile hints that she’s about to meet 25 men all vying for her heart.
JoJo's smile be like ... Don't cry for me Ben... I'm about to meet 25 new men? #TheBachelor— Andi Dorfman (@AndiDorfman) March 15, 2016
After host Christ Harrison confirmed that JoJo will indeed be the next Bachelorette, Andi celebrated the announcement.
Woooohooo! Nothing like your ex hanging you off to 25 MEN! Yes yes yes #TheBachelorette— Andi Dorfman (@AndiDorfman) March 15, 2016
Andi congratulated JoJo and said that there are some lucky men out there who can’t wait to fight for her on TV.
Andi Dorfman also congratulated Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell. Andi even gave Ben and Lauren a couples nickname: LaurBen.
Andi, whose engagement to her final pick, Josh Murray, ended about five months after her season finale, declared Ben’s season finale as the best one ever.
As for Kaitlyn Bristowe, she didn’t live-tweet the finale like Andi did. Perhaps she was busy celebrating with Shawn? It has been one year since Shawn and Kaitlyn first met on The Bachelorette. Kaitlyn posted a photo of herself giving Shawn the first impression rose during her season.
Shawn posted a photo of him kissing Kaitlyn. Shawn described the kiss as the one that changed everything and declared his love for Kaitlyn.
Hours later, Shawn posted a video of himself hanging out with Ben prior to the After the Final Rose finale. The video shows Ben, who competed with Shawn for Kaitlyn and became very good friends with him, telling Shawn who he picked.
As Ben’s season finale episode aired, host Chris Harrison teased that viewers may see him getting married to his final pick on the live After the Final Rose special. Chris pointed out that Ben’s pastor from his hometown is on set, as are the families of both JoJo and Lauren. There was even an area of the set decked out in flowers and an altar. On the Women Tell All special that aired the week prior, Ben said that he would marry his final pick the next day if he could.
As it turns out, there was no wedding. Andi called out the show for teasing.
A 9-minute wedding ... Not a chance. Nice try @BachelorABC— Andi Dorfman (@AndiDorfman) March 15, 2016
On the season finale episode, Ben, who previously told both JoJo and Lauren that he loves them, ultimately chose Lauren. Ben explained to JoJo that he loves Lauren more.
“I didn’t know if I could find love — I found it with you. But I found it with somebody else more. And I don’t want to let go because I don’t want to say goodbye. JoJo, even on a day like today, I still don’t question that I do love you. But you asked me to be honest, and I’m trying to be.”
After sending JoJo home, Ben proposed to Lauren, who quickly accepted.
“Lauren, I never wanna say goodbye to you. I wanna wake up every morning and kiss you on the face. I wanna go to bed at night and know that in the morning I’m gonna wake up to the most beautiful woman that I’ve ever laid eyes on. My desire from here on out is live for you, commit to you, love you, hold you, kiss you a lot. Lauren, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
On the After the Final Rose ceremony, after JoJo was announced as the next Bachelorette, Ben said that JoJo is deserving of love.
Will Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, who recently attended the filmed wedding of Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, attend Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell’s wedding in a few moths or a year? During a Facebook live chat on Tuesday morning, Ben said that they declined to get married on the After the Final Rose special because they “want to do this in a more normal way.” Lauren, who will be moving to Denver to be with Ben soon, added that she’s excited to begin planning the wedding.
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