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Lies, Tears & Emotional Manipulation! Behind The Scenes Secrets Of The Bachelor & Bachelorette

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Oct. 22 2012, Updated 7:00 a.m. ET

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By Jen Heger - Radar Assistant Managing Editor

Have you ever wondered why contestants on the popular ABC reality shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette appear to be so emotional?

A show insider tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that during the recent installment of the franchise, Jef Holm was told by producers that Emily Maynard was leaning towards choosing Arie Luyendyk Jr., and they did this to get an extremely emotional and raw reaction on camera when he turned out to be the one chosen.

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"This is done every season on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Producers always tell the contestant who is going to be chosen, that they are going to be rejected, and vice versa," the show insider tells RadarOnline.com.

"Producers know in advance who is going to be chosen of the final two, and they feel that this is the best way to get an extremely emotional exchange on camera that makes for amazing television.

"There was never any doubt that Emily was going to chose Jef, and he was very confident that he was going to be chosen. But producers were in his ear all day leading up to the final rose ceremony saying it looked like Emily was having a massive meltdown and was leaning towards choosing Arie.

"By the time Jef got to the final rose ceremony he thought for sure he was a goner, and when Emily chose him you can literally see the shock on his face and that is the moment that producers were looking for.

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"Of course, Jef then proposed to Emily and she accepted. Poor Arie went into to that situation believing that he was being chosen, and of course, he wasn't," the insider reveals.

As we previously reported, Emily dumped Holm after briefly being engaged because she felt that she was "dying in the relationship."

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