OK, so we've all seen those TV ads for The Bachelorette's season premiere, featuring one of Jen Schefft's admirers fainting during a rose ceremony. Who is that swooning suitor?
This week, Schefft wasn't allowed to name the man while doing a press conference call with journalists to promote the show; an ABC publicist hushed her up, so as not to "give too much away." Puh-leeze. It hardly took the sleuthing skills of Sydney Bristow to determine the dude's identity. This nosy TV Guide Online reporter simply videotaped the ad (while watching Alias, natch), hit the pause button to freeze-frame the fainter, and then compared his face to the suitor photos on ABC's website. Voila! He's unmistakably David, the 30-year-old marketing consultant from Chicago.
Now that the mystery's solved, why'd he take the face plant on the floor? Sure, Schefft's pretty, but did she literally take his breath away? No. Turns out, he was exhauste
Where's Ryan Sutter been since he and Trista Rehn were reportedly paid $1 million to marry on prime-time TV? Unlike his Bachelorette runner-up, Charlie, he's not clinging to showbiz for dear life. The newlyweds moved to Sutter's hometown of Vail, Colorado, where he still writes poetry and works as a firefighter/EMT. He's also training for the Iron Man Triathlon World Championship taking place this fall in Hawaii, where he aims to raise cash for the Firefighters' National Trust.
"I love the job I have," he says. "People assume that if you go on reality television, you automatically are cast into this celebrity role and it's a springboard into the entertainment industry. It really isn't. We're not actors, we're just normal people."
Tell that to stunned fans who can't get over "Trista's Ryan" answering their 911 calls! "They think I'm filthy rich and I don't need to work," he says. "They have a lot of misconceptions." Like that he's free t
This month, The Bachelor's Jesse Palmer revealed he's broken up with Jessica Bowlin. The rest of the reality-dating series' leading men — Alex Michel, Aaron Buerge, Andrew Firestone and Bob Guiney — have also left their Chosen Ones in Splitsville. Meanwhile, The Bachelorette's leading ladies — Trista Rehn and Meredith Phillips — are holding on to their men. Why have the guys gone wacko, while the gals keep their relationships together?
"I have no idea," claims Rehn, who was reportedly paid $1 million to marry Ryan Sutter on prime-time TV. "I don't know that there's a magic potion. It may just be the luck of the draw that Meredith and I found who we were supposed to be with, and someone was watching over us.
"For each of the relationships, there were different reasons," she adds. "I don't know if it's because it's TV and the media craze that happens afterwards, or w
Tonight on The Bachelorette, Meredith Phillips finally chooses between Texan boy Matthew and Brazilian-born Ian. With two blond lookers to pick from, we don't see a problem here — except that she can't have both! (C'mon, how fair is it to offer this single gal a hunky harem, then make her select just one suitor?) Recently, ABC's teasing ads single out Ian as the "risky" proposition. How does Miss Meredith feel about that?
"You know, they're both pretty stable men," she says. "I don't know why they say that Ian is a risky choice. They're both gentlemen. Maybe because Ian has traveled a little bit more. Maybe that's a riskier side? For me, it was very safe and calming to be with Matthew, especially in such a chaotic situation. It was nice." Hmmm... Sounds like a hint to us!
One mark against Ian is brother Erik, who interrogated Meredith in the fifth episode. Fans will r
How does Meredith Phillips compare to ABC's original Bachelorette, Trista Rehn? The 30-year-old makeup artist and catalog model seems eager to distance herself from her fame-crazed predecessor. "Trista and I are very different," she says. "I went into this situation being myself, totally. I was very realistic and I wanted to make it my own. I wasn't trying to follow up Trista's show. I wanted it to be my own, and I think that's one reason I'm so happy at this point."
By happy, Phillips means she's "very, very happy" with her chosen suitor. "It exceeded my expectations," she says of the show's result, which is obviously top secret. However, the brunette looker does hint at a new twist, which occurs in the first rose ceremony. "I had to hand out 14 red roses — and a white rose to the person I wanted to get to know better." Hmm...
Back to Bridezilla. Um, we mean Trista. If Phillips m
Well, $4 million worth of pink rose petals has been swept up, following Trista and Ryan's Wedding, and it's time to move on. Starting Jan. 14 on ABC, the next Bachelorette follows in the bride's footsteps, seeking a man of her own. This time, it's Bob Guiney's reject, Meredith Phillips, who'll get her group-date on. And, as usual, Chris Harrison will be along for the ride as host. According to him, this season's stunner has all the makings of a fine dating-show drama queen.
"I hate even using the word, because it is a reality show, but Meredith is probably the most 'real' person we've had," says Harrison. "With Trista, the great thing for those of us producing [The Bachelorette
] was that she always [understood it was] a TV show, and did what she needed to do." As for Phillips, though, "if she's happy, she's happy. If she's sad, if she's pissed off, that's it. She is who she is," he assesses. "She's not faking it."
That lack of
Analyze this, Dr. Joyce Brothers: There are currently six — count 'em, six — reality programs on the networks' schedules, and we can't bear to miss a single one. What does that say about us? We've "grown up with television," she tells TV Guide Online. "[You've] grown up spectators to other people... to other people's baseball playing and other people's football playing... " And, for that matter, other people's hot-tub canoodling and beach-blanket bickering. As a result, says the celebrity shrink, "Some [viewers] think that what goes on on television is much more interesting than real life itself. We've grown a whole generation of spectators." Is that all? Well, what if we favor one show over another? Ah, now that's a different story. Since the doctor is in, let the head games begin.
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