‘The Bachelorette’: Emily Maynard’s finale to air live … to avoid spoilers?

“The Bachelorette” is in a pretty luxurious position at the moment. For the first time in really several years now, they have a final three on their show where a definitive winner has not been spoiled yet — and for those of us who actually like to be surprised with what happens versus reading it in a tabloid, this is surely welcome news. (The following announcement was teased by us earlier in the day.)

According to Entertainment Weekly, the show is going to be going live for the first time when it airs its “After the Final Rose” special on Sunday, July 22 along with its taped finale. Why? There are really a few reasons for making this happen:

1. If the special taped in advance (which is usually the case), it would almost guarantee that the news would get out there about who Emily ended up with. ABC likely wants to capitalize on the ratings for the finale as best it can. Granted, they’re probably going to be fuming if the secret somehow gets how before then.

2. Scheduling-wise, this gives “Bachelor Pad” time to run its season straight through before “Dancing with the Stars” returns to TV.

3. This move also pits ABC’s dating franchise against the new CBS dating show “3” — which we have a feeling is their way of trying to do to their rival what CBS has been doing to “The Glass House.” Isn’t this one of the most bitter network battles you’ve ever seen?

If you want to see who we think is going to end up getting the final rose in the end, be sure to check out our contestant rankings. Feel free to read with confidence, though — this is all based on our own impressions and is not in any way a spoiler.

Are you enjoying this season more or less without the spoilers about the winner being all over the internet?

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