“No, I don’t honestly see that happening again,” said the former Facebook salesgal, who shot to fame when she ditched “The Bachelor” Jake Pavelka for her job, only to return to TV romance as “The Bachelorette.”
“Right now I’m single and I really need to be because I’m so busy. But if I happen to meet someone, then great.”
What’s keeping Ali busy is her new job hosting the syndicated show “1st Look,” which will debut at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on New England Cable News. The new lifestyle show will send the bubbly blonde across the United States in search of the best restaurants, the hottest nightspots and the best travel destinations.
“It’s so fun,” Ali told the Track. “It’s not a bad gig to travel around the country and go to all the coolest places, whether it’s food, nightlife or hotels. Just the best of what the country has to offer.”
So far Ali’s hit Chicago, Miami and her adopted hometown of
San Francisco, where she did a Pho-noodle-eating contest.
“It was like, 4 pounds of food, 2 pounds of beef in this huge bowl of broth,” she laughed. “We had 60 minutes to eat it and we were all dying laughing.”
Ali said she’s looking forward to bringing the new show to Boston.
Her brother lives here now and although she grew up in Western Massachusetts and went to school in Worcester, she hasn’t spent a whole lot of time in the city, Ali explained.
“I’m really pumped to show everyone my home state,” she said. “I can’t wait to go to Boston.”
While she’s here, Ali will try to see her pal Chris Lambton, the Cape Cod contractor who was one of the last two guys standing on “The Bachelorette” before she ultimately accepted a proposal from Roberto Martinez.
“We were more friends than a romance thing on the show,” she said. “He’s such a great guy.”
Ironically, Chris is getting ready to get hitched to “The Bachelor” season 10 contestant Peyton Wright next month and he, too, is about to launch a new show, “Going Yard” for HGTV.
As for Roberto, he and Ali split last December after an 18-month engagement, the latest reality rom-ance roadkill for the “Bachelor-Bachelorette” franchise. (Only three original couples of the 23 pairs who hooked up on the shows are still together — and Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson reportedly are shaky.)
But Ali doesn’t regret anything about the experience and she’s not ready to say TV dating is the wrong way to meet Mr. Right.
“No, I honestly think that it absolutely can work out,” she said. “Everyone says, ‘Oh, the track record for the show is so bad.’ But how many relationships in the real word don’t work out? For me, I’ve had five serious, long-term relationships and they haven’t worked out. Does that mean real-life dating is unsuccessful?”
Ali said she tries to learn something from every one of her broken romances and “move on.”
So what did she learn from her time with Roberto?
“I think, in general, I learned that what you think you want and what you need are often two different things,” she said.
And for now she’s moving on, to Mel’s Diner in L.A., where she’ll dress like a ’50s waitress, complete with roller skates, and serve the customers while the “1st Look” cameras roll.
File Under: Ali She Needs.