No disrespect — these Bachelor Nation alum were already interesting during their brief TV appearances. Or maybe they were; we just can't remember too much about most of them during their screen time. But they definitely have our attention now, thanks to their witty tweets, fun videos, and engaging blogs. So here are five people we didn't quite fall in love (or hate) with on The Bachelor or Bachelorette — but most definitely won our hearts after the final rose.
Now Ashley we do remember on the show — but mostly for her sob-fest farewell. She got Brad Womack’s first impression rose on The Bachelor Season 15 and she became besties with future Bachelorette Ashley Hebert. She sang “Kiss From A Rose” really badly on a date with Brad, talked a lot about her beloved late father, and was eliminated on a two-on-one date with the other Ashley. She cried in the limo on the way out and just seemed like a sweet, overly sensitive girl who wanted to find love. Well, she found love in NYC with Scott Wheaton, and we found out this Southern belle is really a sharp, hilarious spitfire. Ashley started a must-read blog called Say No To Cosmo and just about everyone reads her Bachelor/ette recaps mostly because they’re photo-based so we don’t have to read them at all. (Way to enable our steady mental regression, Ash!) Ashley’s tweets @AshleySpivey are always amusing and we can never wait to read her take on subsequent Bachelor seasons. Just don’t let her sing again!
Do you read West Lee’s tweets @NotthatAdamWest? You should. West the widower came into The Bachelorette Season 7 with a seriously tragic and mysterious backstory about his late wife. But he didn’t even get a one-on-one date with Ashley and left on Episode 4. We never really got to know him on the show but if you read any of his tweets, he’s clearly a witty guy with a warped sense of humor. When we do the weekly roundup of Bachelor Nation stars’ reactions to Bachelorette episodes, West often has the best comments — like this spot-on assessment from Episode 6: “To sum it up, Arie is the guy who pushes you up against a wall & takes you. Jef is the guy you curl up with under a blanket.” Perfect.
Former Rockette Keltie did a high kick when first meeting Brad Womack, but she never connected with the Austin bar owner and was eliminated in the Episode 2. After the show, though, we found out that Keltie is best friends with Christina Perri and helped the singer get her big break with "Jar of Hearts." Keltie also wrote a book called Rockettes, Rock Stars and Rock Bottom and started covering music for The Insider. You can catch up with Keltie at her Buzznet blog, which is very rock-star cool.
He’s the guy with the long hair on Emily Maynard’s season. That’s probably the only way anyone would remember him, since he was such a non-event on the show. Shame, really, since he seems like a really cool guy. In a Bachelorette deleted scene, Michael talked about his former addiction to pain medicine. He’s two years sober now and is good friends with two of our favorite Bachelor boys, Arie Luyendyk, Jr., and Jef Holm. He’s also a musician — and you should check out his music videos here. Good stuff. This guy is allowed to keep singing. (Sorry, Ashley.)
Marissa came out of the limo and asked Brad if he could handle a girl whose life revolves around sports. He told her he loved her. But we didn't see much more from the sports publicist — and she never got a one-on-one date with Brad. But, after Season 15, Marissa impressed us with her Bachelor/ette episode analysis, starting back on the old Bachelorette Beatdown videos with Jesse Csincsak. She’s smart, funny, and fair, but never afraid to take a possibly unpopular stand (like defending Ryan Bowers in a recent Bachelorette recap). Her tweets are always clever, like this note on last week's episode: "Jef says things about Emily that I thought about the boys whose names i scribbled in my Lisa Frank notebook." You should check out her website and hope she posts fun inside stuff about film stars now that she's moving to Atlanta to do PR for one of the big movie studios.