Monday, February 11, 2013
Ladies hoot and holler for The Bachelor Sean Lowe at Plano appearance
Catch him at Sfuzzi in Uptown on Valentine's Day.
Nice guys finish last? Not if you’re Sean Lowe.
On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of girls – as well as grown women – stood in line at Freed’s Furniture in Plano to meet Lowe, this season’s star of The Bachelor. Before he arrived, fans talked about what makes him the best dude who has ever handed out roses on the show that will never die:
He’s so nice.
He’s more normal than some of the other Bachelors.
He seems to really want to find true love.
Oh, and great abs.
Fourteen-year-old Janie Ginn of Frisco arrived prepared, with a Valentine’s Day gift of chocolates, a stuffed animal “and my Twitter user name.” A group of girls nearby came bearing gifts of their own; 11-year-old Skylar White bought him a card, which included her Instagram account.
“They also put their phone numbers in there,” chuckled Skylar’s mom, Taylor White. And is she a fan herself?
“Oh, yeah! Hello,” she said. “I’m more age appropriate than they are – but I think he’s taken.”
We won’t know the answer to that burning question until the season finale. But during a sit-down interview at Freed’s, Lowe confirmed that yes, he still believes it’s possible to find true love on reality TV.
“If you blocked out all of the exotic destinations and dates and everything, and focus on the person you’re with, I think you can definitely find love,” he adds.
And how did he end up at Freed’s on Saturday afternoon, posing with giddy girls holding roses? Lowe, who has his own custom-furniture line, says he met the Freed family at the Las Vegas furniture market and that they plan to work together soon.
As for the huge turnout of swooning fans, “it is insane,” he says. “I’m still the same guy I was before this all started, so to think all of these people want to take their picture with me is definitely humbling.”
What types of comments is he receiving on the street these days?
“All kinds,” he says with a chuckle. “Most people are really sweet and wishing me the best of luck – and, of course, you’ve got the people saying, ‘Please get rid of Tierra.’ I hear that a lot.”
Speaking of this season’s villainess: Why hasn’t he gotten rid of her yet? Lowe simply shakes his head and says, “I didn’t see the side everyone else sees.”
Despite the requisite drama, there are lots of laughs behind the scenes, Lowe confirms – including when host Chris Harrison appears from the darkness each week and announces, “Ladies … Sean … this is the final rose of the night,” as if no one can see this on their own. How do they not start cracking up?
“We do,” Lowe says. “We just don’t show it on camera. I’m in this by myself and he’s the only male companionship I have, so we spend plenty of time joking around. We’ll joke all the way up to the rose ceremony, and then it’s like, ‘Time to put your serious face on.’”
There were no serious faces awaiting him at Freed’s.
“Sean, take your shirt off!” one fan yelled.
“Sean, you’re hot!” several others screamed in unison.
Barbara Tomasino, who described herself as “the oldest fan here,” got hooked on the franchise back in Season Three, when one of her former students was a contestant.
“It’s kind of embarrassing, but it’s fun,” she says. “I haven’t told my husband I’m here; he thinks I’m at Tom Thumb. I texted my sister that I think I’m the only one here with groceries in the car. My milk’s gonna go bad.”
But that didn’t prevent her from waiting on her turn with The Bachelor, as he sweetly posed for picture after picture with his fans -- all of whom, it’s safe to say, walked away swooning.
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