Nick Lachey: How I Proposed to Vanessa Minnillo

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After popping the question to Vanessa Minnillo back in November, Nick Lachey is finally sharing the details of what he calls his "best romantic effort" ever.

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"You gotta take it in stages," the 37-year-old Sing Off host told Entertainment Tonight about his proposal. "If you set the bar too high then you set yourself up for failure."

"This was a carefully calculated plan," he continued. "You have to set the romance but you have to take it in phases. This was phase one."

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Before presenting Minnillo, 30, with a $125,000 Asscher cut diamond ring, Lachey got down on both knees in what he jokingly refers to as the "full begging position."

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Just don't expect to see the lovebirds exchanging vows in the near future: Minnillo recently told UsMagazine.com her guest-starring stints on Hawaii Five-O, CSI: New York, Psych and 30 Rock have made it nearly impossible to find a wedding dress.

"We're enjoying being engaged," the True Beauty host told Us. "Everyone rushes to the next step, and I like this step."

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