- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—In what could be considered the Super Bowl of reality TV dating, Shawn Booth won the championship ring during the season finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

The $100,000 Neil Lane engagement ring sealed the deal for the 2009 graduate Keene State College as he placed it on leading lady Kaitlyn Bristowe’s finger and came out victorious during the Monday night finale.

“We’re in love and we’re allowed to tell people now!,” Bristowe said with a squeal during the live “After the Final Rose” show that immediately followed the finale.

Booth and Bristowe, who were somewhere between Los Angeles and New York City this morning, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The odds of the game seemed to be against Booth, a former Keene State men’s soccer player, during the 10-week season as he competed against more than two dozen other men to win Bristowe’s heart.

But each week, Bristowe sent the other contestants packing during dramatic rose ceremonies until only two were left.

During Monday’s episode, Booth, 28, felt confident he could overcome one last opponent.

“There just happened to be one other guy standing between me and my future wife,” Booth said during the after show.

Though the now-engaged couple first began their whirlwind romance at the start of the season, love was in the air way before it even began.

During the “After the Final Rose” on Monday, Booth told the audience that he sent a Snapchat of Bristowe to his friends before the show started.

The picture had a simple red heart and a claim: “Don’t worry Kaitlyn… I’m coming for you.”

But determination couldn’t stop the inevitable drama common on the pre-filmed show.

The primary cause this season was Nick Viall, who came on the show halfway through the season and was Booth’s opponent for the final spot.

“I just had a bad feeling (about you) and that was that,” Booth said to Viall during the after show.

Viall is known by the series’ fan base, after an unsuccessful run during the 10th season of “The Bachelorette,” that aired last year. This was a bonding point for he and Bristowe, who was a contestant on ABC’s counterpart series, “The Bachelor,” during its 19th season.

However, this similar experience did not appear to be enough. When Viall tried to propose to Bristowe, she cut him off before he even revealed the engagement ring that he chose for her.

“The only explanation that I have is that my heart is with someone else,” Bristowe said to Viall as she fought back tears during the show’s finale.

Booth and Bristowe have not said when they might get married.

Couples on the show do not seem to have the best track record. According to JustJared.com, a multi-media entertainment group, only five couples from the 28 seasons of both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are still together.

When Harrison asked what the two have planned next, their answer was vague, yet grand.

“We just want to start living life,” Booth said.

Melissa Proulx can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1409, or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @MProulxKS.


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