More reports hinting at Travis Stork's possible 'Bachelor' pick emerge
By Reality TV World staff, 02/21/2006
In what is shaping up to be either one of the least surprising Bachelor finales ever or ABC's most successful smokescreen, another indication that next week's The Bachelor: Paris finale will likely end with bachelor Travis Stork giving his final rose to Sarah Stone, his nearby Nashville neighbor, has emerged in media reports.
According to The Tessessean columnist Brad Schmitt, Travis -- who during his hometown visit with Sarah's parents, had mentioned his plans to leave Nashville and relocate to Colorado -- has applied for an emergency room position at Summit Medical Center, a Nashville-area hospital in Hermitage, TN.
While Schmitt says some of the hospital's nurses are "all atwitter" about the idea of Travis joining the center's staff once he finishes his third and final year of ER residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center, the hospital itself isn't formally commenting. "I can't confirm or deny anything about The Bachelor," Summit Medical Center spokeswoman Libby Taylor told Schmitt.
Although Travis acknowledged loving Nashville, Sarah's Bachelor hometown visit (taped when the show was filmed late last year) had featured the Colorado native surprising Sarah and her family by revealing that prior to appearing on The Bachelor, he had been planning to "more likely than not" move to "the Rocky Mountains." Assuming The Tessessean's report is correct, it would appear that something (or perhaps more accurately someone) has caused Travis to change his mind and now plan to remain in the Nashville area.
In addition to Schmitt's story, other media reports that support The Bachelor: Paris ending with the 33-year-old doctor selecting the 26-year-old kindergarten teacher over Moana Dixon, a 26-year-old distribution manager from San Clemente, CA, have emerged since the ABC reality show premiered in January.
Last month, a Nashville radio station reported that Sarah and Travis had been spotted working out together at an area Green Hills YMCA together -- behavior, that despite their status as residents of the same city, appeared to indicate that, at minimum, the two have remained friends since The Bachelor: Paris finished filming.
Along with other unconfirmed rumors, the reports have strengthened many Bachelor viewers' feelings that The Bachelor host Chris Harrison may have revealed too much and -- despite his own caveat -- all but given away the show's ending during a January interview with E! television reporter Kristin Veitch.
"I love who he chose, and, without giving too much away and being obvious, I love the fact that we went all the way to Paris to shoot the show and it ended up the way it did -- it's a great story," the host remarked during his E! interview -- a statement that many (including Kristen herself) believed to be an allusion to Travis traveling to Paris to find love with a woman who lived within walking distance of his Nashville home.