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By Erin Clements

And the final rose goes to ... Shawn!

Season 11 of "The Bachelorette" wrapped Monday night with a dramatic finale that saw Kaitlyn Bristowe choose Shawn Booth over latecomer Nick Viall.

Shawn BoothRick Rowell / ABC

"I'm sorry. I know that we talked about, if I didn't feel this, that I would let you know," Kaitlyn told Nick, 34, who arrived midseason and further caused a stir by spending the night with Kaitlyn in a controversial earlier episode.

"I did need every single second that we've had together," she added. "I want to find something that has gone wrong. The only explanation that I have is that my heart is just with somebody else."

Shawn, 28, proposed afterward, telling Kaitlyn, "Through all the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs, I would not change any of it because it led us here tonight. You have exceeded all expectations, more than I could ever have imagined."

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Kaitlyn had plenty of praise for Shawn, telling the personal trainer, "You light me up and make me laugh and, most importantly, you allow me to be myself."

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"I can't wait to make a lifetime of memories with you and only you, because you are the one and always will be," she added.

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Though many viewers were hoping the next "Bachelor" would be announced during the "After the Final Rose" special, the franchise is keeping fans in suspense — for now.