The Bachlor Ben Higgins will pick the winner on Monday's final episode of the ABC show. (Courtesy ABC)

The Bachlor Ben Higgins will pick the winner on Monday's final episode of the ABC show. (Courtesy ABC)

Scoop: Will it be Lauren or JoJo for ‘The Bachelor’?

If the mother of “The Bachelor” Ben Higgins has any say, he’ll go with JoJo — that would be JoJo Fletcher, the “fun” real estate developer.

In a preview clip for Monday’s finale on ABC, software salesman Ben, 26, goes home to Indiana, to visit his parents.

His mom, Diane, tells him: “It has nothing to do with anything personal towards either girl, but if I was to make that decision for Ben today … I would pick JoJo.”

The other girl is “bubbly” flight attendant Lauren Bushnell, the front-runner all season, according to reality TV experts.

Monday’s show is expected to be tough — one girl apparently will be totally blindsided — even though Higgins seemingly has no hesitation about announcing a quick engagement.

“I am more in love [than] I’ve ever been,” he told host Chris Harrison on The Bachelor’s “The Women Tell All” last week, “I would marry that woman tomorrow if I could.”

Still, it’s unlikely Ben and whomever’s match will be long-term. Alumni of dating shows have a dismal 15 percent (or so) success rate. Among the few couples still together are “Bachelorettes” Trista Rehn (with Ryan Sutter), Ashley Hebert (and J.P. Rosenbaum) and Desiree Hartsock (with Chris Siegfried).

Then there’s the infamous 2009 “Bachelor” Jason Mesnick, who got married to Molly Malaney, after presenting an engagement ring to Melissa Rycroft (who gave it back when he changed his mind). Whatever.


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who won the public’s vote to become Madame Tussaud’s next Bay Area tech innovator to be immortalized in wax, will unveil his figure March 19 at the first Silicon Valley Comic Con.

After the reveal in the South Bay, the statue will have a permanent place next to Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg at Madame Tussauds Fisherman’s Wharf.

Other finalists for the honor included: Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX) Frank Oppenheimer (Exploratorium), Jane Metcalfe (Wired Magazine), Marc Benioff (Salesforce), George Lucas, Lawrence “Larry” Page (Google), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo) and Edwin Catmull (Pixar).


Ubiquitous Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and wife, Victoria’s Secret model Angel Behati Prinsloo, are expecting a child. … Lindsay Lohan, living in London and dating Russian business heir Egor Tarabasov, apparently is not interested in returning to Hollywood.


Actor Anton Yelchin is 27. … Actress Thora Birch is 34. … Oakland A’s pitcher Rich Hill is 36. … Rock musicians Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) are 37. … Actor Johnny Knoxville is 45. … Actor Terrence Howard is 47. … Singer Lisa Loeb is 48. … Singer Cheryl Lynn is 59. … Singer Bobby McFerrin is 66. … Entrepreneur Rupert Murdoch is 86.

— Staff, wire reports

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