People: Sean Lowe, Rihanna, Berry Gordy
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After a televised journey that started with 26 women, it came down to just two for "The Bachelor's" Sean Lowe: Catherine Giudici and Lindsay Yenter.
Going into the finale in Thailand, Lowe, 29, was still undecided. But by the end of Monday's two-hour finale, he had made his decision.
After introducing both women to his family and going on one more romantic date with each of them, he proposed to graphic designer Giudici, 26, in the emotional season finale.
"I think the world of you and I miss you every time we have to say goodbye. I don't want to say goodbye anymore," he told her. "Catherine, I want to spend the rest of my life telling you, 'I love you,' and making you feel like the most special, beautiful woman in the world."
Then, he got down on one knee and asked, "Catherine, will you marry me?" Her hands were shaking as he presented a 3-carat, cushion-cut, micropave Neil Lane diamond ring, which she giddily accepted.
"Is this for real?" she asked. "I'm so happy ... I am so grateful to have met somebody like you. I've never been so comfortable about myself and with somebody."
It was a joyful moment that followed a very difficult one, when Lowe broke the news to Yenter and said goodbye.
Following their goodbye, another heart-pounding moment arose as Lowe prepared to see Giudici, when host Chris Harrison handed him a letter she had written.
Lowe nervously read the letter, which contained exactly what he was hoping to hear. "I'm so excited to build our own family together ... I truly believe we are perfect for each other," she had written. " I can't picture myself as anything but your wife ... All I want to do is move to Dallas and become part of the wonderful family that you have and build our own ... I will love you for always."
And moments later, a beaming Lowe cast his eyes towards his future bride as she walked toward him down the path.
Following the proposal, an elated Lowe and Giudici ended their "Bachelor" journey with an elephant trek through the Thai jungle. From atop the elephant, Giudici yelled, "This is the best day of my life!"
Rihanna has canceled another stop on her tour because of the flu and laryngitis, the AP reports.
Her representative said the singer's show in Baltimore on Tuesday would be postponed. Rihanna canceled her Sunday show in Boston because she was sick. Her "Diamonds World Tour" launched in Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday.
Live Nation said in a statement that "Rihanna is still recovering." The concert promoter said fans "are instructed to retain their tickets pending rescheduling show date information."
The next date on Rihanna's tour is Thursday in Philadelphia. She's supporting her seventh album, "Unapologetic," which features the hits "Diamonds" and "Stay."
Berry Gordy will be honored at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala, the AP reports.
The organization announced Tuesday that the Motown founder will receive the Pioneer Award at its 44th annual induction ceremony on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
The award was established last year to honor people who have "been a major influence on generations of songwriters." It was presented posthumously to Woody Guthrie.
As the head of Motown, Gordy helped establish careers and hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five. A Broadway musical about Gordy's life, "Motown: The Musical," debuted this week.
Previously announced inductees include Tony Hatch, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
First Published March 13, 2013 12:00 am