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Sean Lowe: I now understand how you can fall for multiple 'The Bachelor' bachelorettes

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/12/2012 

Sean Lowe's The Bachelorette experience came to a heartbreaking end when Bachelorette Emily Maynard rejected him in favor of Arie Luyendyk Jr. and winner Jef Holm during this summer's finale of the eighth season of the ABC reality dating series.

However, The Bachelorette bachelor received a second shot at finding love on television when The Bachelor producers selected him to serve as the star of the show's seventeenth edition, which filmed this fall and will premiere Monday, January  7 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

During a Wednesday conference call with reporters, Sean, a 28-year-old business entrepreneur from Dallas, TX, talked to Reality TV World about his The Bachelor experience.

Below is what Sean had to tell Reality TV World. Check back with us for the remaining portion of Sean's call.

Reality TV World: Did you find love during your season on The Bachelor? Did you walk away with a fiancee?

Sean Lowe: Well, you know I can't tell you that, but I had really no idea that I would become so attached and emotionally invested into multiple women. I've heard in seasons past it's possible to develop feelings for multiple women, and I've always thought, "That would be so hard to do." But in this situation, it can happen and it did happen. And I think you'll see those relationships play out as the season airs.

Reality TV World: How did you convince yourself that the show's process was going to work for you when the odds aren't really in your favor considering The Bachelor's poor track record of long-lasting relationships? Why did you think it would be different for you?

Sean Lowe: Well you know, I've never paid attention to the track record of past relationships. For me, it came down to -- I realized that my feelings for Emily were very real and they were very authentic and genuine. And I just wanted to know if I could find those feelings again. Because I had such a positive experience with Emily, I thought I owed it to myself to give it a try!

Reality TV World: Would you say that your first impressions of a lot of the ladies were pretty accurate based on how they acted throughout the season or were you surprised about what you learned about some of them as time went on?

Sean Lowe: You know, this is one of the things that I had to learn as the Bachelor. Sometimes it takes weeks to see who a woman really is, and that first impression is not always accurate. It's tricky because you hear women say certain things about certain women, and I would think to myself, "Well, I haven't seen that. So I'm going to make my own judgment and draw my own conclusions."

But then, I would hear multiple women talking about the same woman, and then you start to think, "Well maybe there is something there." You have to investigate and you feel like you're being fooled at certain points. It's really tough. So no, the first impression is not always accurate.

Reality TV World: Most of the girls during Ben Flajnik's The Bachelor season really disliked Courtney Robertson and kept saying Ben would be foolish to pick her in the end. But Ben obviously did choose her and unfortunately the couple ended up splitting. Jake Pavelka experienced a similar situation with Vienna Girardi, who was kind of the villain in his season. So how much weight did you put on how the girls interacted with and got along with each other throughout the season when actually deciding who to keep around? Was that a big factor for you?

Sean Lowe: It was a factor, but it wasn't a huge factor, because like I said, I went into wanting to draw my own conclusions and form my own opinions. But at the same time, you can't ignore the fact that you have multiple women saying bad things about one particular person. So it weighed on me a little bit, but at the end of the day, I made the decision I felt like was best for me.

Reality TV World: Without you revealing whether you kept "the mystery girl" around, do you think the fact she arrived with all the rest of the girls the very first night impacted your decision differently than it might've if she had arrived mid-season like Shawntel Newton had during Ben's The Bachelor season? Because Ben chose to eliminate her right away as to not infuriate his bachelorettes who had been there and fought for him from the beginning.

Sean Lowe: Oh yeah, yeah. And I watched that episode and I felt sorry for Ben being put in that situation. So, I'm glad she did show up the first night and I probably would've done the same thing Ben did just so I wouldn't infuriate the other women that had been there for several weeks.

Reality TV World: You clearly had expectations and qualities you were looking for in your bachelorettes when filming began. But did those qualities and expectations actually change as the season went on?

Sean Lowe: The one thing that I was surprised [about] was I certainly do have just a few things that I look for... I want someone who's smart, funny and has a good heart. But the rest, I kind of said, "Surprise me." And I was definitely surprised this season.

There's so many girls that have so many really unique personalities and qualities. And I think if America's looking for me to kind of follow a type of woman, then they're going to be surprised, because there's all types of women that I start to develop relationships and feelings for.

Reality TV World: What were you thinking and feeling when the very first limo pulled up? What was going through your mind?

Sean Lowe: Oh my, it was such an anxious, exciting feeling. I really can't put it into words, but I had no idea who was going to sort of step out of the limo. And so, it was kind of scary but exciting and fun at the same time.

Above is what Sean had to tell Reality TV World. Check back with us for the remaining portion of Sean's conference call.

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