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'More to Love' finale recap: 'Do you love me? You do? Okay, then you're dumped.'

I know I really shouldn't be surprised that last night's season finale of Fox's More to Love left me with feelings of shame and outrage (and a side serving of "Hey, dude got it right!"). After all, the opening montage of bachelor Luke's hometown visit kicked off with images of heifers lazily grazing in a field. Really, Fox? Really, you thought we wouldn't notice you trying to sneak random bovine imagery into your plus-sized dating show? (Insert purse-lipped head-shake here.) Anyhow, Luke's quartet of "meet the family" dates with Malissa (pictured, right) and Tali (left) -- his divorced parents appear to have come from two different planets, and therefore could not share screentime  - were amusingly awkward. Luke's dad, of course, couldn't seem to make peace with the fact that Tali came from planet Israel, invoking Jesus' name before the meal and declaring "praise the lord and pass the potatoes
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Luke Proposes on More to Love

After the final two curvy contestants visited Luke Conley's hometown of Santa Maria, Calif., met his family and broke bread one last time, More To Love's big-boned bachelor confirmed he'd found what came for -- someone to spend the rest of his life with -- when he popped the question to the 26-year-old fashion stylist/decorator/ aspiring model Tali on the season finale Tuesday. "I'm in love and ready to express that in the most profound way," the 26-year-old subcontractor and real estate investor explained on his way to the backyard of the mansion where all participants had lived. "This is the girl who I want to spend the rest of my life with. Tali is the type of woman who'll help me achieve all the goals I have." The raven-haired Israeli beauty arrived in a bejeweled watercolor print goddess gown, swearing in voiceover that she'd "never been
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Tali Wins 'More to Love'

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No surprise there.

More to Love bachelor picked 26-year-old New York native Tali, proposed to her, and she said yes. Again, no surprise there. She definitely appeared smarter and deeper than Malissa, for one, and she looked like she joined More to Love to find love (whatever that means), and not just to win, which is the impression Malissa kind of gave. Sure there was that Jewish factor, but that shouldn't really ruin a good match.
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More to Love: Preview of Season Finale

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This is it, people. More to Love guy Luke will have final one-on-one dates with the two remaining women - Tali and Malissa - then in an "emotional" ceremony, proposes to one of them and breaks another's heart. The questions then: (1) who will it be? and (2) will she accept the proposal?

But because of recent trends in the romantic reality show universe, some more questions beg to be asked: (1) will Luke pick a girl, but ditch her a few weeks later to go for the other girl, then the first girl will join a dancing show? (2) will Luke pick neither girl then reveal that he has a wife of ten years and three kids?
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Yes, Ellen Was the Perfect Choice

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By Jennifer Kelly

Forget the “Top Model” shorties. Forget wondering about whether or not you think you can dance. Forget (if you can) that image of “More to Love’s” Luke and Malissa gettin’ it on in Hawaii. (I know I’M trying to block that one out.) The biggest reality news this week has got to be the announcement that Ellen DeGeneres will be joining “American Idol” in January as the fourth judge. At first this choice prompted me to (again) say, “Capital Wtf?” (It’s my new catchphrase. Thanks, Ra’mon!) But then...
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More To Love: Mandy Misses The Final Two

"Three girls got tickets to paradise, but only two were allowed to stay on Tuesday's episode of More to Love. Grilled Cheese: Luke threw a welcome luau for his trio of potential wives when they landed in Hawaii. Malissa got the first date, swimming with dolphins at the Sea Life Park. Luke questioned her ability to commit and worried she was just 'in it to win it,' so he grilled her over a picnic. She seemed to tell him what he wanted to hear, swearing, “The crazy dates — I love them but I just want to hang out with you.” The interrogation continued at Benihana where they discovered they were both scared of rejection. Luke showed a little insecurity of his own since Malissa had never dated a man of his size. She retired to his room and tried to put him at ease on a petal-covered bed (a classic). He admitted,
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More to Love: Preview of Episode 7 "3 Women Remain"

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It's almost the More to Love finale on the plus-sized reality dating show, when bachelor Luke has to select the final two women on tonight's episode of the Fox reality series. He takes the three remaining women to Hawaii for a romantic getaway, and has to pick among Tali, Malissa, and Mandy. Luke eliminated Ana on the last episode.

Last week on More to Love, some nay-sayers were vindicated when Luke ended up - intentionally or otherwise - picking three of the thinnest women on the show - Mandy (180 lbs), Malissa A. (170 lbs), and Tali (190 lbs).
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More to Love: Luke Says Goodbye to Anna

Each of the remaining women was surprised with a solo date and a family visit on Tuesday's episode of More To Love. Crash Course: After go-cart racing with Luke, Tali's aunt and uncle joined the duo for burgers and a reality check about her family. Her uncle warned that her traditional Israeli family may not accept him and that in his experience, he never feel like a good enough husband. The warnings certainly gave Luke pause and Tali worried that it would be an issue they couldn't overcome. It was a somber door drop-off with a very quick kiss. Cruising for a Bruising: While getting ready for her date, Mandy lost it when Malissa asked about her relationship with Luke. She accused Malissa of "f---ing with her." And whether she was attempting to get in her head or not, she smiled like the Cheshire Cat when Mandy started crying,
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More to Love: It's Down to Tali, Malissa A, and Mandy

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And then there were three, and all of them under 200 lbs.

At first, I thought the More to Love nay-sayers were just overreacting when they decry that Luke is still picking the relatively thin girls. But then we have the final three, and coincidentally or not, it just happened to be the three thinnest girls in the original batch of 20 - Mandy (180 lbs), Malissa A. (170 lbs), and Tali (190 lbs).A lot of More to Love fans predicted correctly that it was indeed Anna (230 lbs) who would be getting the boot on the episode.
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More to Love: Luke Tells Kristian He’s Not the Guy For Her

Luke went on dates with his sexy six to determine who should continue in the race for his heart on Tuesday's More To Love. Love Triangle: At a salsa lesson, Mandy thought she'd be able to dance circles around Kristian, who "didn't want to jiggle around the dance floor like two pigs fighting under a blanket." But Kristian ended up impressing Luke with her effort and earned some alone time. Mandy (who later divulged her eating disorder secret) walked in on the pair kissing and locked herself in the restroom to cry. Luke talked her out, and they spent their solo session talking about how she was "shutting down" and "not feeling special." Flyover Date: Malissa scored a helicopter ride to a winery, where she and Luke went for a walk and made out between the vines. Then, an ill-fated tandem bike ride ended when "the fat kid broke the bike,
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More to Love: Luke Sends Two More Packing

More To Love's Luke told two more contenders to take off their rings after three mack-heavy dates and one cruel game. Truth Hurts: The claws came out when Luke asked the girls to judge each other in a game of good wife/bad wife. Lauren called Kristian "too emotionally unstable for a serious relationship" and Kristian labeled Malissa "high maintenance." Lauren didn't give anyone a good mark except Melissa -- perhaps she didn't consider her a threat. But the vote of confidence didn't save Melissa from getting the lowest rating for being too young and inexperienced to wed. She, of course, cried but it worked out in her favor as it earned her an alone date. Heather also got one for getting the highest marks. Mo-Rockin' Good Time: Luke took Melissa out for Moroccan cuisine to figure out why she scored the worst: When the skinny belly dancers walked in,
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More to Love: Luke Hosts a Pool Party!

It's week two of More To Love and with all the tears, it's looking like More To Cry About. The claws came out on Tuesday's episode, feelings got more intense and big-n-tall bachelor Luke sent three more girls home. Size Matters: The contestants' heights and weights were gone from the screen but viewers were still reminded at every turn that that they're watching plus-size dating show. Every date has a very noticeable food component and the ladies' were shown cooking, eating, and talking about steaks, carbs and dessert. (Sure, they do dinner on The Bachelor but the meal isn't exactly highlighted.) The women endured a schoolyard pick for two group dates, which sent several into hysterics and left the uncalled woman feeling uwanted. Singled Out: But the humiliation had a happy ending -- Christina got the only alone date. Luke whisked her and her "bangin' body" away via private jet to Las Vegas.
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'More to Love' premiere recap: Throwing a 'curve' ball at the reality-dating game

In much the same way that I can't resist dipping into the blasted bowl of candy that sits on my colleague Annie Barrett's desk, I'm also a sucker for a good, old-fashioned (non VH1) reality dating show. (Once upon a time, I even endured that primetime special where Dr. Phil tried to set up a lovelorn Paula Abdul.) So I knew resistance was futile the first time I saw a promo for Fox's More to Love and found myself tearing up shocked that a guy whose only six pack sits in his fridge was going to be the center of a reality show from Mike "The Bachelor" Fleiss. Tonight, we met our self-proclaimed man of stature, Luke Conley, who revealed not only his age, height and weight (26, 6'3″, 330 lbs), but also his profession (real-estate investor), salary ("six-figure") and favorite food/most effortless double entendre ("anything thick and juicy"). (Nice!) While
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