The Bachelor Pad winners are…
Holly Durst and Michael Stagliano! The duo beat out 16 other contestants to win the show's $250,000 prize.
During the first hour of Monday night's finale on ABC, Holly and Michael competed in a vertical, suspended dance competition against remaining competitors Vienna Girardi and Kasey Kahl, Michelle Money and Graham Bunn and Ella Nolan and Kirk DeWindt.
The judges sent Ella and Kirk home; but Holly and Michael, who won the challenge, got to choose which of the two remaining couples would be with them in the final four.
Holly and Michael struggled with their decision leading up to the final rose ceremony; they'd been in a close alliance with Michelle and Graham, but they felt they'd have a much better chance at winning the money if pitted against Vienna and Kasey.
Ultimately, Holly and Michael honored their friendship and awarded Michelle and Graham with the final rose. Kasey gallantly picked up Vienna and they exited smiling, but in the limo, true emotions were shown as Vienna sobbed: "I broke my perfect rose record."
Then, during the reunion show, the 14 eliminated contestants wrote down the name of the remaining couple they wanted to win. Holly and Michael got 10 votes, while Michelle and Graham got 4.
At that point, Holly and Michael were the only ones in the running for the $250,000 prize — but there was a catch.
Without communicating with each other, Holly and Michael each had to choose to "Share" or "Keep" the winnings. If they both chose share, they split the winnings equally. If one chose share and the other chose keep, the person who chose keep got all $250,000. But if both chose keep, neither Holly nor Michael would walk away with a penny. In that case, all of their former competitors would split the winnings.
Holly showed her response first: she would share. "Michael and I have been through so much over the past couple of years," she said. "He is more than deserving of the money."
After some deliberation, Michael made the same choice. "We talked about this moment," he said, adding that he was "hurt" he hadn't heard about her engagement before the reunion show. "[But] she will always be my teammate." Both walked away with $125,000.
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