Shannon Bair discusses what it was like to be on "The Bachelor"
Marshall native Shannon Bair was selected as one of 25 women on this season of ABC's "The Bachelor." Her parents, Mike and Brenda Bair, live in Marshall. Her sister, Jenny, now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. Bair currently lives in Lee's Summit and works as a dental hygienist.
Last Monday, Jan. 26, Bair was eliminated from the show, and was then allowed to speak publicly about her experiences on the show. Despite many unkind comments from the blogosphere, Bair seemed positive about her time on the reality television show.
Here are excerpts from an e-mail interview with her.
Sydney Stonner: How did you get on "The Bachelor"?
Shannon Bair: I filled out a short questionnaire online, never in a million years thinking I would be chosen. Then ABC kept calling me back wanting more and more information.
SS: What made you decide to do it?
SB: I have ALWAYS been a fan of the show -- I have seen every episode! When I still lived in Marshall, my friend Molly and I would have watch parties. I was at a point in my life where there wasn't anything tying me down, so I felt the time was right if I were gonna do it.
SS: What was your favorite part?
SB: It's hard to pick one thing. ... Being able to film the show was an experience of a lifetime. I loved the mansion, the dates, the food, the limo rides, someone doing your hair/make-up and, most of all, meeting 24 other amazing women. I know some girls might think I'm crazy, but I made friendships with all of the women. We are all very close, and I know our friendships will last a lifetime!
SS: What was the hardest part?
SB: Your time with Jason was very limited, so the time you did have, you had to make count. I am used to taking relationships slowly, and this situation was difficult for me because I had to make a move fast. ... Another hard part was my lack of beauty rest. ... We were constantly on the go and always had cameras in our faces. It was sometimes hard to fake a smile when I was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted.
SS: What was the most embarrassing part?
SB: I would say the most embarrassing part would be my crying to Jason. Some would say that I was being real and wearing my heart on my shoulder, but I didn't like watching myself look so weak. ... The pressure was very intense and trying to tell a guy in a matter of minutes why he should keep you is something I am not good at.
SS: What was it like living in the mansion?
SB: It was a lot of fun! I felt like I was in a sorority! I had three other roommates: Keri, Stephanie and Erica. We would lay in bed at night and talk each other to sleep. Erica would talk out loud in her sleep every night about Jason to where it would wake me up. We would all bust out laughing in the middle of the night at her.
SS: Were you provided with food?
SB: ANYTHING we wanted! It was dangerous in that house! I gained four pounds living there! If we put it on the list, the handlers had it there for us the next day.
SS: Did you have to quit your job?
SB: Luckily, no. I work for three different doctors in Kansas City, and they were all very accommodating to the show and me. They were very happy for me to be able to have an opportunity like this and would never expect me to pass it up.
SS: How has this experience affected the rest of your life?
SB: It made me believe anything is possible! Even though one person "wins" the guy, I feel like me and the other girls are all winners to have chosen for the show.
SS: What did you learn about yourself?
SB: Now this answer could get lengthy. To make it short and sweet, I followed my heart and realized I had left it back in Kansas City with my ex-boyfriend of five years. We are back together and stronger and happier than ever!