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‘Bachelor’ to makehis choice live

Unlike previous seasons of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Charlie O’Connell will bestow his final rose live on Monday’s season finale.“I’ll be happy for Monday when I can date just one girl or start a relationship or whatever it’s going to be,” said O’Connell, who didn’t indicate whether he would propose to one of the finalists.In the past six finales of the reality dating show — in
/ Source: The Associated Press

Unlike previous seasons of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Charlie O’Connell will bestow his final rose live on Monday’s season finale.

“I’ll be happy for Monday when I can date just one girl or start a relationship or whatever it’s going to be,” said O’Connell, who didn’t indicate whether he would propose to one of the finalists.

In the past six finales of the reality dating show — including three “Bachelorette” editions — the romance-seeker has picked or proposed to his or her choice in a taped ceremony, and the selection has been kept hush-hush for several months.

“I think there’s a definite advantage if you’re going to try and start a relationship afterward,” said O’Connell, brother of “Crossing Jordan” star Jerry O’Connell, of the twist. He made his comments during a conference call with journalists Tuesday.

O’Connell said he went on “three-ish” dates with each finalist and the cameras “were with us and not with us.” He also frequently phoned both women.

“I think we were able to let go when the cameras were around, so we were able to let go even more when the cameras weren’t around,” he said.

O’Connell said he’s “definitely leaning one way,” but wouldn’t elaborate.

“I feel ready for this whole thing to be over,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having a girlfriend.”