Seeing how he conducted himself on Emily Maynard‘s season of “The Bachelorette,” we didn’t think there was much heart behind the reptilian skin of Kalon McMahon.
However, the 27-year-old luxury brand consultant from Houston, Texas, practically turned into mush when he unexpectedly coupled up with Lindzi Cox on the “Bachelor Pad,” which, frankly, weirded us out, but at the same time, kind of made the demonized metrosexual a little bit more human.
In a conference call with reporters last week, Kalon chatted with us (in his ever polished fashion) and gave us the scoop on his and Lindzi’s relationship now, why he thinks Lindzi was better for him than Emily Maynard, and how he feels about his frenemy Erica Rose.
You seemed more likable on “Bachelor Pad.” Was it because you learned your lesson from being busted on “The Bachelorette” or was it because you fell for Lindzi? Well, to be completely honest I don’t know if it was necessarily either. We filmed them very, very close so I was still the same person. It was just a very different environment. I was much more comfortable, much happier, much more outgoing on “Bachelor Pad” just because simply of the dynamics.
And then obviously, I had a much, much better connection with Lindzi … “Bachelorette” was my first experience in TV, so it was a little bit overwhelming, and I just think by the time we filmed “Bachelor Pad,” I was a little more comfortable.
What’s your status with Lindzi now? We actually stayed in Santa Monica for a few days and then I went up to Seattle to visit her … We’re taking baby steps. It was frustrating me being in Texas and Lindzi being in Seattle. For a number of reasons, I’m going to be in California for the next couple of months, so at least now we’re in the same time zone. It’s certainly a long-distance relationship, but we are doing everything we can to make a healthy one.
Were you surprised that the rest of the house chose Rachel and Nick over you two? No, to be completely honest, Lindzi and I were pretty much aware that we were going on that day. We had mentally prepared ourselves. As much as we wanted to be there and to win the money, we saw kind of how ugly the game was starting to get, and we both promised each other that we weren’t going to be that emotional couple running around the house throwing ourselves at people lobbying for votes.
We’d grown so close to each other in the house that we were honestly kind of ready to take that next step, and we realized that the chances of us actually winning the money in the end were probably slim … I think everyone realized that if we did end up in the finals with them that we were so well liked in the house that no one was going to win against us.
Do you think some of you newer guys (you, Chris, and Tony) were kept in the game longer considering the Super Fans were the ones looked on as outcasts? I thought it was fun and interesting to have them partake in the show, and they were obviously so appreciative. The only ones that I didn’t particularly care for were the twins. They were absolutely unbearable to live with in the house, and I have no tolerance for drunk people that scream and cry and are emotional.
How did you feel about lying to people about who you’d vote for during every rose ceremony? Honestly, I think the way the show is framed it gives me too much credit. Lindzi and I honestly went into the rose ceremonies every night probably with a clear idea in our head who we were voting for because it was usually the obvious decision.
And like Michael illustrated in a lot of his talks, it is much easier because I’m not a confrontational person, to just simply tell someone what they want to hear, agree with them, and then kind of go on about your business. I didn’t consider it lying or being deceitful. It’s just kind of the name of the game.
Can you explain your love-hate relationship with Erica Rose? Just because we are from the same city, and we have some similar friends, doesn’t necessarily mean we are friends. I for many, many years now have made a very deliberate effort to distance myself from Erica because I simply didn’t agree with the way she presents herself in real life and on TV.
I just don’t find her to be a classy, interesting girl. Unfortunately, Erica really does believe that any publicity is good publicity, but I’m the first person to tell you that that’s not the case.
Fortunately, once we were in the house and we got past that drama, I think Erica realized her place in the house and that she was in a much better position if she was just nice to people and kind of happy to go along. Then you saw that footage where she is being mean to the fans and calling David ugly and stupid. A girl in her position should be trying to make friends not alienate people.
Did you and Lindzi talk about her time on “The Bachelor” and your time on “The Bachelorette,” along with your “baggage” comment about Ricki? I immediately knew I liked Lindzi because the very, very first night in the house she walked up to me after everyone obviously kind of gave me the third degree; they were interested in what happened, but that’s the beautiful part being around people that have been on the show is [that] they are completely aware what it’s like to be filmed and have things taken out of context and turned around and used against you.
Lindzi was the very first one to come up to me and say you know what, I get it. I understand kind of what you meant. Maybe you didn’t say it the way you intended to, but you’re kind of right. I get what you were trying to convey …
I did watch her kind of fall in love on TV with this other guy, which was a little weird now that I was completely crushing on her. At the same time, I understand how the show was made … We were sympathetic towards each other in both regards, and it absolutely did not hinder our relationship whatsoever.
What do you think was the difference between your relationship with Emily vs. your relationship with Lindzi? Emily and I did not have a lot in common, but given the circumstances, I was absolutely willing to make a genuine effort to see if anything could happen. Lindzi, on the other hand, it was just natural. [She] was that girl that if I would have run into in real life, something would probably organically form. Emily, on the other hand, I probably wouldn’t have my way to pursue in real life. Given the circumstances, you are put in a situation where you kind of have to see if there’s anything there.
As for Emily, do you think she and Jeff will end up getting married and live happily ever after? I certainly hope so simply because Jeff, believe it or not, was one of my closer friends in the house and I think is a really, really amazing guy. He is someone that I would be friends with in real life if we cross paths somehow.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Emily would appreciate that, so I don’t see us ever being buds again, but for the sake of Ricki being exposed to this, I certainly hope it is a healthy relationship that develops.
What most attracted you to Lindzi? We literally have identical personalities. We make all the same stupid jokes, we both have no filter, and we both get each others’ same stupid jokes.
What’s so frustrating to me is that they never show that side of Lindzi. They just kind of show her being this sweet, bubbly innocent girl, but they don’t give her enough credit. She is one of the funnier, outspoken, most witty girls I’ve ever come across.
Did you initially go on the “Bachelor Pad” for love or for money? I was the first one to admit in every single one of my interviews that I was absolutely there for the money, 100 percent, because following my stint on Emily’s season, I kind of lost faith in the idea that you can find a healthy relationship under the confines of this show. I just didn’t see it being realistic.
Then once I got on “Bachelor Pad” and realized how different the dynamic of the show is, it’s a much more natural environment. There is much less structure to the show. The only thing that really has structure are the challenges. Everything else is just kind of free-for-all.
So once I realized that dynamic and obviously met Lindzi, then yes, that did change. My relationship with her became the priority, but at the same time, I realized that the only real way you were going to even have a shot at winning that money is if you have a good relationship with someone that you can trust. So it kind of became a two-for-one … I kind of lucked out.
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