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The Bachelorette gets engaged

DeAnna Pappas accepts the proposal of professional snowboarder Jesse Csincsak, stopping her other suitor, account executive Jason Mesnick, in mid-kneel

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Kevin Foley

DeAnna Pappas, the latest lady to look for love on ABC’s reality romance series The Bachelorette, may be one step closer to finding her ”fairy-tale ending” after accepting a wedding proposal from 26-year-old professional snowboarder Jesse Csincsak at the conclusion of Monday night’s season finale. The couple appeared together on the After the Final Rose special, which aired following the finale, and announced that they have set a date, planning to be married in May 2009.

On the finale, before DeAnna said yes to Jesse on a beachfront platform in the Bahamas, she had to awkwardly stop the show’s other finalist, 31-year-old account executive Jason Mesnick, in mid-kneel before he could even say anything. Jason was so shocked at the rejection, he maintained a paralyzed hold on the ring box until well into his departing limo ride.

Back at the platform, Jesse told DeAnna ”the thought of not being with you kills me…. DeAnna Marie Pappas, will you spend forever with me?” The bachelorette said ”Yes” and finally got to share her true feelings, telling Csincsak she had fallen in love with him during her visit to his hometown.

After being dumped at the altar by Austin, Tex., bar owner Brad Womack on the season 11 finale of The Bachelor (Womack chose not to stay with either finalist), Pappas, a 26-year-old real estate agent, returned as the star of the show. After both Jesse and Jason met DeAnna’s family in her native Newnan, Ga., they returned to the Bahamas for one final date. A surprise awaited viewers as Jeremy Anderson, a Dallas real estate attorney who seemed to be an early favorite but was left without a rose last week, returned for one last chance to plead his case. But DeAnna stayed the course and tearfully sent him packing for good. (Some had thought/hoped that ousted bachelor Graham Bunn, whom she seemed to really like, might make a last-minute return, but no dice.)

For more details about the finale and the After the Final Rose special, see our complete Bachelorette TV Watch recap, where you can post your thoughts and comments on the season finale.