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Jessica Shaw
December 08, 2011 AT 03:30 PM EST


Now that we’ve seen Ben Flajnik’s Bachelor butt, it’s time to find out more about the women who got to see it in person. Bachelor host/EW blogger Chris Harrison called to give us some exclusive scoop (to match our exclusive photo here) on this season.

Personally, I was hoping he’d dish a little on that yellow animal printed monstrosity of a dress in the front row, or why Ben’s hair looks like a third grader’s on his way to school picture day. Alas, he took the high road and talked about Ben’s sincerity. “At first he was on cruise control going through the motions meeting all the girls. But then he has this moment where he realizes that he really does want to find someone. It hits him and it’s a tough time,” says Harrison.

I like it. It sounds like tears will fall from the winemaker’s eyes. What else? “And at the end there were changes and things we didn’t foresee happening, but Ben handled it like a champ. He’s definitely one of the most sincere, if not the most sincere, Bachelors we’ve had.” Sorry, Jake! Oh, wait. You weren’t sincere at all. Moving on…

So who are Chris’ favorites who could be on the receiving end of that Neil Lane ring sincerity ? Pick up this week’s issue of EW on newsstands to find out Chris Harrison’s picks for the five most compelling “ladies” of the season.

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