Courtney Robertson, was chosen by Ben Flajnik to be his wife in season 16. The wedding never took place. According to her, the relationship went sour minutes after he proposed. Ben invited some crew members to join them for dinner several times during the few days they had to spend together. She just released a book (with Deb Baer) I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends, which chronicles her time before during and after the Bachelor. It's dishy and it's informative-if you're a fan of the show.
Courtney gives the reader insight into what a day is like for a contestant. It doesn't sound that pleasant. For every one-on-one date a contestant might get (and those are few, Courtney had 4 or 5 and she was the "winner"), there are way more times she/he is held up in hotel rooms with no communication. No cell phones, no newspapers, no internet, no books are allowed. Why no books? She recalls a story where a few of the ladies were psyched to go to the gym in the hotel as there were TVs and they could watch the news. Towards the end of filming, to Courtney's surprise, she got a dial tone on the hotel phone. She immediately called her father and said she was cheating. His response was no you're not and he hung up the phone. Turns out he was in the presence of a Bachelor producer who was setting up the hometown date.
The producers and editors make most of the dates look glamorous. Courtney points out that the helicopter ride around the Matterhorn was terrifying. There were endless picnics. Courtney said Ben planned dates around things he wanted to do, not taking into account what his date might like to do.
Courtney owns up to her mistakes. She played the game, which is what this was and was crucified for it. She made an interesting season out of what could have been as bland as Ben's personality was portrayed. She realized she was cast as the villain after she watched the first episode. She thought she was being funny at times and it didn't come off that way on TV. She was no saint, but the editors are the real storytellers of this show. She did love Ben. From her accounts, she was trying to hold on to a relationship that never really was there. She highlights their night in the fantasy suite.
The book is filled with useless tips unless you want to be a model or a Bachelor contestant.
- For newbie models Tip #1 Keep a nude thong, nude strapless bikini and heels in your car at all times in case of last minute casting.
- Filling Out The Bachelor Application: Be heartbroken. A good breakup story in which you've been dumped cruelly and callously helps your chances.
- Questions For The Bachelor: Do you have a good relationship with your Mom?
Bottom line: It's a fun, quick read for fans of The Bachelor/Bachelorette.
On a series note, I've got my money on Andi picking Josh.