The first elimination on The Bachelor every season is always a tough one. With first impressions counting for everything, this season’s Bachelor, Jason Mesnick, had to cut 10 of the original 25 women who were there to seek his heart. Among the eliminated was Jackie Hickey from Dallas, Texas. Even though she only got the chance to appear in one episode of The Bachelor before begin sent home, she was still a memorable contestant. A wedding planner by trade, she was the one who admitted that she had already planned her own wedding to Jason Mesnick. She also received the third most votes from the other women for whom they thought should be sent home, and she got not a little bit drunk at the opening cocktail party.
Jackie Hickey participated in a conference call with members of the press to dish about her time on the show.
The most interesting detail that Jackie divulged was that she was already in a relationship when she decided to send in an application to be on The Bachelor.
“It was silly because I was dating somebody, and gave all that up to go on the show,” she said. “He didn’t want to stop me from fulfilling something that I wanted to do and something that I needed to do.”
When asked if she and this man are back together, she replied, coyly, “Possibly.”
Jackie said that she thought that being on The Bachelor was a “neat experience,” but if she had the chance to do it over again, she’d probably lay off the bubbly.
As for coming in third place among the contestants everyone else most wanted to say good-bye to, Jackie doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings. “When it came down to it, it seemed like the most memorable girls got the most votes,” she mused. “At least everybody knows my name.”
She herself voted for Melissa, the other woman from Dallas, and the one whom Jackie saw as her biggest competition.
Jackie seems to be taking her elimination in stride. I suppose, after all, she didn’t get to spend enough time with Jason or the other women to have really made a connection with anyone, so she’s just enjoying the experience she had. The exposure she got on the show is only helping her business back home in Dallas as a wedding planner. She also hopes that she’ll have the chance to plan Jason’s wedding with the winner of The Bachelor.
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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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