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Can Juan Pablo pull off a big 'Bachelor' finale for ABC?

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The finale of “The Bachelor” starring Juan Pablo airs on Monday, March 10 and ABC is hoping that he can pull off a smashing end to a controversial season. When the season began, millions of fans were pleased that the Venezuelan soccer player and single dad was chosen for the journey. However, things quickly went south when Juan Pablo started to morph into a different person, causing two popular bachelorettes to voluntarily leave. Fox News posted on Sunday:

It's no secret there's been a ton of negativity surrounding this season of ‘The Bachelor.’ But while fans, celebrity and otherwise, have shared their distaste for Season 18 star Juan Pablo, it's also been one of the most talked-about seasons in the series' 14-year history. Which begs the question: Does a detested Bachelor actually make for a more successful season?

When Sean Lowe’s season came to a close, his finale pulled in 10 million viewers, a disappointment for ABC. His season was non-controversial and he did indeed find love, but viewers tuned out in the end. Juan Pablo is generating much more water cooler chatter after his episodes, which translates into better ratings. Chris Harrison tried to explain the situation by telling “TV Guide”:

So, is Juan Pablo truly a 'bad" Bachelor?' I don't know how you answer that. I look at our fans; the ratings have been fantastic, the buzz around the show is insatiable and that makes for a good Bachelor. ... People want to follow Juan Pablo because he's unpredictable. People more and more want to talk about this and ask questions. Sean's decisions were cut and dry whereas Juan Pablo you're leaving scratching your head. So, a season like this draws you to discuss.

So, the big question is – Can Juan Pablo pull off a big “Bachelor” finale for ABC? The answer is probably “yes, he can.” Because he is a lightning rod, people will tune in just to see how it all plays out. According to the “New York Daily News," producers are anxious for this season to end because of all the behind-the-scenes drama Juan Pablo has caused. “Everyone on the show is just so over him and cannot wait for this season to be over,” one insider told E! News.

Love him or hate him, Juan Pablo returns tonight for “The Bachelor” finale (8-10 p.m. EST) and “After the Final Rose" (10-11 p.m. EST) on ABC. For a sneak peek of the finale, head to ABC.com. Juan Pablo’s two remaining women are Claire, a 32-year-old hairstylist from Sacramento; and Nikki, a 26-year-old pediatric nurse from Kansas City.

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