"The Bachelorette" finale: What will Desiree do?

THE BACHELORETTE - It's time for Desiree Hartsock to call the shots when she gets her second chance to find love, starring in the ninth edition of ABCâ ABC

What's a brokenhearted "Bachelorette" to do?

That's what fans are wondering about Desiree Hartsock, who was blindsided after suitor Brooks Forester bowed out of the competition last week, telling her he wasn't in love with her.

In a sneak peek clip from Monday's finale, a tearful Desiree admits having him gone "throws everything off."

"It broke my heart to have him say those things to me," she said.

Hartsock still has two suitors remaining -- Chris Siegfried and Drew Kenney -- whom she calls "amazing guys who do want to love me, and who do love me." But, she added, "I just can't love them as much."

But is Brooks really gone for good? "The Bachelorette" host Chris Harrison has hinted that he could return.

"As wishy-washy as he was, there are definitely regrets. He was in tears and emotionally crushed once Des started professing her love. He said as much," he told People of Brooks. "It's absolutely possible for him to come back in the game. She may be open to it or maybe she learned her lesson and he's not the guy anymore."

With or without Brooks back in the picture, this is the episode where Hartsock must decide what she wants to do next -- and whether that involves accepting a proposal.

After the finale, Harrison will sit down with Hartsock and her final three suitors for the live special "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose," where they'll discuss the outcome of this season. That's also when the next star of "The Bachelor" will be revealed.

"The Bachelorette" finale airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, with "After the Final Rose" following at 10 p.m.

Tell us: Which guy should Desiree choose? And who will be the next "Bachelor"?

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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