Clare Crawley and Nikki Ferrell were the final two in a controversial end to a rocky season
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Chris Harrison may be right – Monday’s season finale of Juan Pablo Galavis’s roller-coaster ride as the star of The Bachelor was perhaps the most dramatic yet.

Juan Pablo’s final two women were confident Sacramento-based hairstylist Clare Crawley, who made her strong feelings for Juan Pablo clear from day one, and sweet and sensitive pediatric nurse Nikki Ferrell, who wants to be a mom.

So which woman won Juan Pablo’s heart and the final rose? And is there a newly engaged couple in the Bachelor family?

Juan Pablo sent Clare home angry and gave the final rose to Nikki – but he didn’t propose to anyone. Here’s how it all went down:

Clare was the first to meet Juan Pablo’s family in St. Lucia – and she earned their approval. His father Saul practically welcomed her to the family, saying, “I love you” in Spanish.

“Juan Pablo definitely has my heart. And now so does his family,” Clare said. “I could 1,000 percent see myself a part of Juan Pablo’s family forever.”

Nikki had already met Juan Pablo’s family briefly at his daughter Camila’s dance recital. But this time they had a chance to chat about Juan Pablo.

“My feelings are so real,” Nikki told Saul, “and I’ve thought about all of this and I feel like I’m ready for it.”

Final Dates

On his final date with Clare, Juan Pablo took her on a romantic helicopter ride over St. Lucia. But the romance didn’t last long.

“What I thought was going to be sweet, kind, loving words was not what came out of his mouth. And I was shocked,” Clare said of Juan Pablo’s private whisper when they landed. “He chose to tell me something that no woman wants to hear. … It was insulting. It was offensive and it just made me feel awful.”

Later, Clare confronted Juan Pablo about saying he didn’t know her well. She said she would not stick around if he admitted he felt their relationship was “just a physical connection.” But Juan Pablo convinced her to stay.

“We have had our ups and downs but I know that she could be the one,” Juan Pablo said. “I just know it.”

For his final date with Nikki, Juan Pablo took her on a boat ride. She also expressed doubts about whether he would make her wishes come true.

“I know how I feel about Juan Pablo. I know that I love him,” she said. “But … I want to hear him tell me he loves me. I just want to hear all the things that I’ve been waiting for him to say.”

When Nikki gave him a letter, in which she said, “I love you,” Juan Pablo did not say anything back. He left for the night and she broke down in tears.

Final Rose

Juan Pablo’s final decision was not an easy one – for anyone.

“I got to follow what I think is best for me and I have to say goodbye to you,” Juan Pablo told Clare. He tried to hug her but she pushed him away.

“I saved this moment for the man of my dreams and I thought that was you,” she said before walking away. Then she turned and told him, “What you just made me go through – I would never want my children having a father like you.”

“There’s a really good chance I’m getting engaged tonight,” Nikki said on her way to see Juan Pablo, who did pick out a ring with Neil Lane.

But he didn’t use the ring. “I’m not going to give it to you,” Juan Pablo said. “I’m not 100 percent sure I want to propose to you. But at the same time I’m 100 percent sure that I don’t want to let you go. I like you a lot. A lot.”

Then he asked her to accept his final rose. And she said, “Absolutely.”

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