Ali Fedotowsky Talks New Show '1st Look,' Says She '100 Percent' Still Believes in Marriage (EXCLUSIVE)
After dabbling in reality-show dating, both as a contestant on The Bachelor and the star of The Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky is switching gears completely to host NBC's popular travel series 1st Look.
The show, which premieres Saturday, April 14, after Saturday Night Live on select NBC stations, will send Ali across the country to find the best food, hotels and nightlife, in major hot-spots like San Francisco, Miami and more! It's a pretty sweet gig, if you ask us, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer person!
Celebuzz recently chatted with the very lovely 29-year-old host about her experience on 1st Look, during which she gave us the scoop on how much she's actually sleeping while traveling, and whether or not she hopes to take the show internationally. (Hint: There have been talks!)
Given her history with dating shows, we also had to ask: Now that she and Bachelortte winner Roberto Martinez are no longer engaged (the couple split last November), does she still believe in marriage? And is she sick of reporters asking about her love life?
Read on for our full interview with Ali, and be sure to watch 1st Look when it premieres this Saturday!
Do you get any input as far as where 1st Look films? The whole team gets together and gives input on great places for food, entertainment, nightlife, and places that are just interesting. These recommendations are based on places we might have been or places that we spent a lot of time researching. I am lucky enough to have traveled quite a bit in my life and am always sending the producers my ideas. In fact, in the premiere on Saturday, we go to a place called Brickyard, in San Francisco, that I recommended for the show because it's one of my favorite places in the city and the main place I hang out at when I'm there. A lot of the people in that segment are actually friends of mine who were eating there!
The show visits the best places across the U.S.; has there been any talk about filming internationally? Yes, we have talked about it. In fact, 1st Look has done international shows in the past and we will continue to do them every once in a while. We have something exciting in the works, but you'll have to stay tuned for that!
How much has your sleep schedule been impacted? Are you getting any sleep? One weekend, I filmed a late-night shoot until about midnight, and then had to jump on a plane the next morning, from Chicago to Miami, and then shoot again until 4AM -- only to wake up at 7AM for another shoot. That was nuts! So yes, sometimes I don't get tons of sleep, but it's so worth it. Who needs sleep when you are having so much fun? Every single place we visit on 1st Look is exciting and interesting, so I am always pumped up to shoot, no matter how tired I am.
But, the weekend I just mentioned was a one-time thing. I usually make sure to get plenty of sleep. It's my personal life that is lacking. But that's okay, because I think I will make tons of friends and maybe even meet someone traveling around hosting my show. We'll see!
You've been single for a few months now; does it get easier as they days go on? Right now, my life is such a whirlwind traveling with this show that I have hardly have time to think about the fact that I'm single! But, now that you mention it, I'm doing great -- its empowering to stand on your own two feet.
Are you sick of people asking you questions about your love life? Ha! Well, I went on a dating show to find love, so I understand that [it] comes with the territory. I am usually fine with sharing personal information; but my love life doesn't just involve me, it involved someone else. And out of respect for that person, I would prefer to talk about other things, plus I am super-excited about my new show. I can't wait for everyone to see some of the great places we visit. I assure you: It's much more interesting than my love life!
Chris Lambton [who finished in second-place on Ali's season of The Bachelorette] and Peyton Wright are now engaged; any well-wishes for the happy couple? I think it is so awesome that they found each other, and wish them nothing but the absolute best for their future!