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(USATODAY.com) - BachelorJuan Pablo Galavis' rocky road to romance wrapped up Monday night with his two final women -- Nikki Ferrell, a pediatric nurse from Kansas City and Clare Crawley, a hairstylist from Sacramento.

Which Juan would win his heart?

Throughout the season, Juan Pablo has been controversial. There were his remarks about how a gay Bachelor would be "pervert(ed)." Bachelor alum Jef Holm said he's the "sleaziest" Bachelor ever. And then one of his final bachelorettes, Andi, called him out for not caring at all about anything she said.

Host Chris Harrison promised this would the "most controversial finale in Bachelor history." And he promised a "big surprise" from Juan Pablo when it was all over.

So what happened?!

First, the action headed to St. Lucia for a final grilling from Juan Pablo's family.

First up: Clare

"I like Clare a lot. My attraction physically is on fire!" says Juan Pablo.

Clare, in a short purple dress, seems right at home with Juan Pablo's parents, brother, cousin, sister and daughter. "He gets me," Clare tells Juan Pablo's mom, Nelly.

His mom offers: "He's hyperactive. Super hyperactive." And in terms of communicating? "He's sometimes very rude," says mom. Clare feels they're bonding.

Juan Pablo's cousin, Rodolfo, asks her if she's in love, and she says, "I'm falling in love."

Next up: Nikki

Her roots still need a touch-up, as fans have noticed on Twitter all season long, and her bird tattoo on her side is on full display because of her halter dress. But she fits right in with the fam.

Juan Pablo's dad, Saul, tells the cameras he thinks she could handle his son.

Juan Pablo's mom feels that "she's very strong. If he chooses this girl, I think she is going to say 'yes.'"

Says Clare after smooching it up with Juan Pablo before exiting, "I am more confident that this is the guy for me. And in a few days he's going to be down on one knee."

As she drives off, Juan Pablo says to the cameras, "Can I keep both (women)?"

Time for two final beach dates. Juan Pablo and Clare are all over each other as they take a helicopter over the beautiful island before finding a spot for a picnic.

"Clare's hot. She's sexy. She's cute. And her kisses? Ai yi yi," says Juan Pablo.

Then, as the helicopter is landing, they "have a rare moment together," says Clare, "with no cameras, no audio, nobody there with us, except the pilot. And Juan Pablo leans over and whispered something to me. But what I thought was going to be sweet, kind, loving words was not what came out of his mouth. And I'm just shocked."

She confesses, "I almost don't have words for it. ... He chose to tell me something that no woman wants to hear -- that he really doesn't know me, and some sexual thing I didn't want to repeat. It was insulting and it was offensive. It just made me feel awful."

As we see them holding hands, walking up the grassy mountain, Clare says, "Every single woman deserves to be treated with respect. I'm not an object. Maybe I have him all wrong. Maybe he's not the man I thought he was. I'm so confused right now."

And if he can't clear it up, she vows, "I'm out of here!"

Later, in her hotel room, Clare says to the cameras that Juan Pablo said he loved "hooking up with me." Weeping on her pillow, she is upset. "Is it just a physical thing? ... Because I came here for love. I didn't come for a hook-up."

When Juan Pablo comes into the room, he wants to kiss and she wants to talk. When she asks about his comments earlier, he says he was "being honest." And he adds, "How do I feel? This decision's hard."

"It's hard for both of us," says Clare.

She says to him, "We do love kissing." Then Juan Pablo touches her on the nose and says, "Don't blame me."

Huh? "A proposal for me and my daughter is huge. Am I ready? Do I know the person (enough) to propose? It's hard for me because I have to make that decision."

Clare interrupts him and praises his heartfelt speech. "That's what I want to hear."

On Twitter, fans weren't buying it.

@TracyKrulik said, "Juan Pablo makes my skin crawl. "

@Ash_Hiatt said, "I can't imagine trying to hold a conversation with Juan Pablo... He makes no sense. "

Juan Pablo continues to talk his unintelligible way out of it, and Clare seems satisfied.

"Now it's like I know it's definitely a lot more than a physical attraction between us. A lot more than that," she tells the cameras. "Tonight, I know that he wants me here. ... I know we have something special. ... I don't want a rose. I want forever."

And Juan Pablo? "I feel really good about Clare. I like that girl a lot."

Back in the studio, bachelorette Sharleen says she found the scene "pretty painful" to watch. "He was quite patronizing to her, frankly."

And Bachelor alum Sean Lowe says, "I felt like Juan Pablo was talking in circles"

Nikki's turn. They hop on a yacht and start smooching. They stand and smooch. They pull up to a beach and roll around on the sand and smooch.

"I have a lot to think about. I have two great women here," he tells the cameras.

Nikki would like to hear him say, "I love you." But he doesn't.

Later, when he visits her hotel room, she's staring into space. "It's almost over. It's like I've been wanting it to be the end for awhile, but now that it's here, it's kind of scary," she tells him.

"However it's gonna be, it's gonna be," says Juan Pablo.

"I'm in love with this guy. I want forever with him. I do!" Nikki tells the cameras.

In the room, she gives him a photo of them kissing and a note that says, "I love you." He kisses her and says, "I'll see you tomorrow." He leaves. Nikki cries.

@rmvanssaid, "JUAN PABLO YOU ARE AN ENORMOUS JERK. "

@Possessionistasaid, "Juan Pablo, do you pick the girl with low self esteem or the girl with bad roots. That's what this show has come to. "

Finally, the big moment!

Juan Pablo has on a tight blue suit. Bugs and birds are chirping in the jungle.

First to arrive: Clare. She hops off a boat and onto the beach. Chris Harrison walks her up through the jungle to meet Juan Pablo. She's gushing, declaring her love for Juan Pablo in the voice-over. She has no doubts, she says.

They meet. She's shaking. And instead of letting him talk, she tells him, "I'm standing here right now with you because we have something special."

#Awkward! Never speak first, Clare!

He tells her she is "unbelievable. Such an amazing woman. Um. I wish the earth sucked me today 'cuz this is the hardest decision. I appreciate you being here and trusting me ... I have to say goodbye to you."

He goes to hug her and she stops him. She is ticked off. "I saved this moment for the man of my dreams. I thought that was you. I thought I knew what kind of man you were. ... I've lost respect for you." She walks off, stops, turns around, points at him and says, "I'll tell you what. I thought I knew what kind of man you were. What you just made me go through -- I would never want my children having a father like you." She turns and leaves.

"OK," says Juan Pablo. "Whew!" he adds. "I'm glad I didn't pick her!"

Now it's Nikki's turn.

"I want Juan Pablo to tell me that he loves me. I want that so bad!" she says in her voice-over.

She, too, speaks first, thanking Juan Pablo for "everything." She adds, "I've waited a long time for this. ... I can't imagine spending my life without you. ... I love you."

He says, "Nikki, I love so many things about you. ... You're like me, very honest. ... It's been a perfect time every time I've been with you." He then says, "I have a ring in my pocket, but I"m not 100% sure that I want to propose to you. But I'm 100% sure I don't want to let you go. I like you a lot."

He winks, adding "A lot."

Instead, he asks if she'll accept his final rose.

"Absolutely," she says. They kiss.

Whaaaat?!

During the live After the Final Rose special, the three re-hash what happened.

Up first, Clare. She's done with Juan Pablo, has said all she wants to say and doesn't want to see him. "I don't want to sit here on this couch and get fed any more b.s."

Exit Clare.

Enter Juan Pablo. Chris Harrison asks him about Clare. "My relationship with Clare was that way. We had a roller coaster. We lived through it. It worked out the way it worked out," explained Juan Pablo. "I have nothing bad to talk about Clare. She was there for a reason. I'm not the guy."

@AshleighFHillsaid, "Is there an award for Talking in Circles? Because JP gets it. "

Exit Juan Pablo. Enter Nikki.

She says she's still in love with Juan Pablo. Chris Harrison asks if Juan Pablo is in love with her. "Um, I don't know."

Has he told her he loves her? "Not exactly," she adds, "I know that he does."

Enter Juan Pablo. "Now we can go have a burger," he cracks.

Chris Harrison says that Juan Pablo promised a big surprise. "No surprise," says Juan Pablo. "This is my secret -- Nikki. We're very happy. ... You're talking about a surprise? No."

Hmmm. Something seems fishy.

As for how he feels about Nikki, he says, "We've been waiting for a long time" for this.

When Chris asks again, Juan Pablo says, "We feel great."

"So you love her?" asks Harrison.

"I'm not going to answer that question. People don't understand that this is real life... We're very happy We're done with the show. We are so done. We are happy we had the opportunity.. .It's been tough. You have been boxing with me. It hasn't been easy. ... What I'm feeling with Nikki is fantastic."

@tayhay1said, "Nikki looks like the doting wife of a cheating politician, just smiles and nods while we all know what's going on @BachelorABC"

He added, "At the end of the day, I'm glad I signed up. .. Right now, I'm very happy."

Chris Harrison kept trying to get Juan Pablo to say he's in love. Finally Nikki piped up: "It doesn't matter if we say we are or aren't. Time will tell."

When asked about their plans, Juan Pablo says, "We're keeping it private."

Exit Juan Pablo. #horriblebachelor

Onward. Time for the next big reveal! The new Bachelorette is ... Andi Dorfman! "I'm ready to find my husband," says the Atlanta assistant district attorney, who won fans over this season by verbally smacking down Juan Pablo after their fantasy-suite date. "It's my time to fall in love." Mark your calendars for May 19.

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