Okay, okay, I know it's the off-season for The Bachelor and I'm supposed to be giving you a break from all my Bachelor-related drivel. But if I got to hang out with someone from the show, that would be drivel-worthy, right? Because, I totally did...
Hey, look at that! It's me... with Jesse Kovacs from Jillian's season of The Bachelorette and from the first season of Bachelor Pad.
The radio station I've been doing Bachelor recaps for hosted a Girls' Night Out event and he was the special guest. Before the event, they hosted a VIP party with Jesse. And apparently I'm a VIP! (Shut up. It does not stand for "Very Irritating Person".)
Luckily, it was a pretty small gathering. Like, 20 people. And Jesse? Seemingly regular.
I know, I know. "But Audreya... you spent his whole season of the Bachelor Pad saying he was part of the Douchebag Triumvirate..." Well, yes, I did. But mostly because he's skinnier than me. Yeah, let's go with that.
|Brittney with Jesse|
Super awesome side note: Brittney was approached when she lived in Austin. She went through the casting process and was getting ready to fly to LA to be on Brad's (first) season. But she met a guy right before she left, she had that "feeling" about him, so she backed out of The Bachelor. Good thing, since she married that guy a few months ago! Nevertheless, she and Jesse had fun chatting about how Brad is a douche. Jesse's words, not mine. Except, after Brad's second season, I totally believe it. He's still incredibly hot, but...
Anyway, of course I used my question to ask about the behind-the-scenes stuff. As I've said before, there are two kinds of people who watch The Bachelor: the hopeless romantics who want to watch a love story and tend to believe most of what they are see on the show... and the people who like a good train wreck and watch for entertainment value more than anything else. Obviously I'm the latter. Plus, I enjoy seeing what they spliced together, skewed a certain way, etc. I'm under no delusions that reality TV is real. Jesse confirmed that.
I asked him how much of it was a producer saying "Go here, say this..." or "Ask so and so about this..." He said a huge part of it was. That, from the first night, there was a guy on set with a laptop, crafting each cast member's "story line" as different things played out. And that they were constantly being told "Hey, you and Dave should go over here and talk to Jillian..." and that sort of thing. Again, all stuff I already knew, but just nice to hear it from someone who lived it.
|I was blinking, not sleeping... I promise|
He also said that, on The Bachelorette, he kind of frustrated the producers because he wouldn't admit to having feelings for Jillian. He said he knew pretty quickly that she was a nice girl, but the kind of girl you grab a beer and watch a ballgame with, not someone he was interested in romantically. They were always asking him if he was developing feeling for her and he was like "I've known her a week. So, no..." Of course, none of that aired. In general, he felt he was pretty aware of the fact that anything he said could be portrayed any which way, so he was pretty cautious what he said. On Bachelor Pad, however, he said he just wasn't as worried about it because the format was different and there was money on the line. Also, he was approached to come back and do Bachelor Pad 2, but he has had a girlfriend for nearly a year now, so he didn't.
Best part? I almost didn't have any really awkward moments. Almost. The host from the radio station introduced me to Jesse and said I was their "Bachelor expert" and did recaps for them. He asked me how one became a Bachelor expert. I said "I've just watched it forever and been blogging about it for quite a while. I guess that makes me qualified. You don't read my blog, right? Then I've never said anything bad about you or made fun of you in any way. Also, I'm lying."
Good sport, that Jesse Kovacs. And easy on the eyes. In a too-skinny kind of way.