Ali Fedotowsky has pretty big shoes to fill. The new season of ‘The Bachelorette‘ is under way and what a lot of fans want to know is whether or not she can carry the show with as much spontaneity and drama as ‘Bachelor‘ Jake Pavelka did.
Sure, much of the entertainment factor will depend on the dudes, but you have to wonder: Are we going to see double, maybe even triple eliminations? Will Ali end up falling in love with more than one hombre? Better yet, will one of the bachelors have to split to save his job, break her heart, and come back begging on all fours? (If so, one word: KARMA.)
The former Facebook account manager chatted with us to give us the scoop on the season and how she feels about the Ali Haters out there.
At the start of the show, were you completely over Jake or were the feelings still raw?
No, I had moved on by then. After I had left ‘The Bachelor,’ I was kind of expecting him to maybe come back–I thought we had something–but he didn’t. Once I actually watched the season finale, I got a little bit of closure and felt really good about my choice.
Seeing the tabloid firestorm that the show’s been getting lately, were you nervous of being in the spotlight?
Yeah, I don’t like to be judged and have people question every decision I make. But I went into [the show] not even thinking about how other people would react because at the end of the day, I’m the only one who has to live with those decisions.
What were your honest first impressions of the bachelors? Were you nervous that they weren’t what you expected or were you blown away?
Blown away. I feel like I don’t even remember any of the introductions because I was so nervous! But I have to say, they were not only cute and adorable, but so smart, so funny, so interesting–they were exactly what I wanted.
Can we expect to see as much or even more drama than Jake’s season? Are there any surprises?
Oh, there is more drama than last season! It’s going to be very interesting–good TV, I can tell you that. I lived it and I’m still excited to watch it unfold.
So were there any Wes Haydens in the mix?
[laughing] There might be a few trouble makers…you’ll have to tune in and see.
You had this fear of letting go and being completely vulnerable–did you end up conquering that?
I think so. One of the reasons why I’m successful is that I do question things and challenge myself and never just jump into things without examining it from all angles…[the show] made me insecure, definitely. I know that when I find true love, whether or not it’s on the show or years from now, I’m going to be with someone who accepts me for me and makes me feel better about my insecurities, not worse.
As you know, being in the spotlight involves being loved and not so loved. There are some fans of the show who aren’t happy that you’re the Bachelorette because of how you acted last season, and some have even accused you of just trying to get your 15 minutes of fame. Is there anything you want to say to them?
I’m sorry they feel that way. It’s just not true. I did a lot to do this–I left my job. I really wanted to go in and find love and that’s all I can really say. And I hope people can support that.
‘The Bachelorette’ airs Mondays at 9pm on ABC.
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