Bachelorette 2013: Why Desiree Hartsock Should Dump Brooks Forester
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Bachelorette 2013: Why Desiree Hartsock Should Dump Brooks Forester

Who will make it to the second half of The Bachelorette Season 9’s dramatic “dumpster fire” of a finale: Brooks Forester, Drew Kenney or Chris Siegfried? Well, judging from the sneak previews and promos, we’re beginning to think the choice might not be up to Desiree Hartsock.

During part one of the finale, airing tonight (July 29), it seems as though Brooks may be gearing up to eliminate himself. And if that’s the case, here’s why we hope Desiree beats him to the punch:

He’s just not that into her. Not enough, anyway. Des is clearly into Brooks, and she has been for a while. Brooks, on the other hand, seems to really like Des, and he’s said when he’s around her thing are great. But when they have time apart, he seems to lose that lovin’ feeling. That’s a very bad thing, especially when this show requires the leads to basically hide away from each other for months while the show airs. Will Brooks even remember his feelings for Des by the time the After the Final Rose airs? Will he be into someone else by then?

Brooks seems like a light-hearted, fun-loving guy who signed up for the show on a lark. He’s fond of Des, but his feelings don’t seem to be developing fast enough for The Bachelorette’s timeline. Even if he does get to the end, says “I love you” and proposes, it feels like it might just be him getting “caught up in the moment” as opposed to making a serious commitment to The One. This show may just be too much for him. (To be fair, it’s too much for a lot of sane people.)

Better to say goodbye to Brooks now. Rip off the Band-Aid. It would be devastating for Des, if he’s not sure about things, she should let him go and not second-guess it. If she really wants to find The One and get engaged, she has to realize that Brooks — through no fault of his own, just the nature of the beast — isn’t on the same page. Right now, Brooks is just a distraction. (Kind of like a nicer, funnier version of Ashley Hebert’s Bad News Bentley. There was a time when tearful Ashley thought Bentley was The One and wanted to quit the show when he left. Obviously it turned out that JP Rosenbaum was really the one for her.) If Des sends Brooks home tonight, she might be able to better focus on the relationships she’s been developing with Chris and/or Drew, thus finding a potential future with a guy whose commitment won’t waver so much.