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Spoiler Alert! Will Bachelorette Emily Maynard Stay Single?!

Will Emily's choice be no choice at all?

Fans of The Bachelorette have been following Emily Maynard‘s journey faithfully this season, fingers crossed and hopes held high that she might finally find true love after her heartbreaking split with Bachelor Brad Womack.

Emily has dutifully culled the herd of suitors week after week, date after date, all the way down to the always-fun hometown dates and last night’s “single date” adventure. After much deliberation, she narrowed her choice down to two finalists: skater/entrepreneur Jef Holm and race-car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. Rumors have been flying that Jef may already have proposed.

On July 22, we’ll find out which one she chooses…

…or will we?

[CAUTION: Spoiler alert ahead!]

A look at the new preview for the season finale reveals that Emily may not have fallen for either one!

The clip shows the single mom confessing that she doesn’t see a clear winner when she looks at Jef and Arie. “I don’t know where my heart is anymore,” she says.

Later, she sits down with host Chris Harrison, who sympathizes, “You feel like you’re betraying both of them.” She weeps as she replies, “The hardest part of today is saying the words ‘I don’t know anymore.'”

That means there are a number of possible outcomes here. Either Jef or Arie could win her over with a final declaration of love. Or maybe there’s a classic SHOCKING! UNFORGETTABLE! twist in the works – like Sean coming back into the picture. Lots of fans felt that Emily made a mistake by letting him go in yesterday’s episode, especially after he wrote such a touching letter to her daughter, Ricki.

Or maybe, just maybe, Emily will decide that she just hasn’t found The Real Thing yet – and frankly, that’s the outcome I’m rooting for.

It’s fine to be young, single and adventurous enough to let a team of producers set you up with a bunch of carefully cast cute guys so you can have a little fun in exotic locales. Even if your heart gets broken after the final rose, you can pick yourself up and start again. But when you’re a mom, it’s not all about you anymore. Finding a partner to help raise your child is serious business – not something to be decided in eight weeks of an artificial dating environment.

You’ve had your two seasons of fame, Emily. Now it’s time to go back to the real world. Find a man who wants to join your family because he’s crazy about you and Ricki – not because he’s getting free trips and great publicity.

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]

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