During Monday night's broadcast, James enjoyed a special emotional one-on-one date with Desiree in which they toured the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy along the Jersey Shore via helicopter and then gave up the romantic dinner portion of their date to two survivors, a married couple, who lost their home and belongings in the storm. James came across sweet and sincere during the date.
However, previews for next week's episode suggest James will become a villain in the house and host Chris Harrison has mentioned he'll "shock" and "blindside" everyone. Apparently, James voices his desire to become the next The Bachelor star to his fellow suitors, leading them to believe he's on the show for the wrong reasons.
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, James talked to Reality TV World about the season thus far and his time with Des. To read what he had to say, click here. Below are some additional highlights from his call. Check back with Reality TV World on Monday for more.
What was your reaction when you found out what your one-on-one date was going to be? It was really different than the usual over-the-top dates.
James Case: Yeah absolutely, I was very excited. Desiree and I had been talking here or there throughout the episodes, and I think she just kind of felt the kind of person I was. And you know, the whole Mr. America thing, I thought that was a wonderful experience, but I don't know.
It fits my background. I come from an economic background. I love planning and I'm a very charitable person, and I just, I don't know. I think she just kind of felt my heart and who I was, and I was very excited to be able to experience that with her.
When you talked to Desiree about the mistakes you had made in a previous relationship, do you feel like that was the right time to bring it up and do you think the conversation went the way you wanted it to?
James Case: Absolutely. I'm a very honest and straight-forward person, and you know, it was a big part of my life. We were just talking about relationships in general and where we've gone and what we've learned from our past relationships.
And I was just explaining to her the reason why I came onto the show -- and one of the reasons is that, as a man, I know what I want out of life now and it takes a lot to learn that. It was just something that came up and I was in a long relationship, and I thought that I should disclose that to her, and I did.
What were your feelings for Desiree at this point in the season?
James Case: I had an absolutely wonderful time with her. I thought that we made an unbelievable connection, and I think the two words to sum up Desiree are "humble" and "selfless." She's just an awesome person and I don't know. I really did start to have a lot of feelings for her at that point.
If it doesn't end up being you, who do you think Des should pick and why?
James Case: If it wasn't me, who do I think -- um you know, all the guys are great guys in the house. I feel like there's a lot of attention with [Brooks Forester]. It's a hard question. I think she's a smart girl and I think she's going to pick the person that best fits her. But if I had to pick, I think it might be Brooks.
What do you think Des is looking for in a guy?
James Case: She's looking for a good, honest man, a Christian man, and somebody that's a giving person and that has ambition and that's just a loving person that has great values -- family values. Those are probably the top things that I feel I got from her.
So you got approached on the streets of Chicago walking out of your office to appear onThe Bachelorette? Where were you and who came up to you?
James Case: Yes, that's right. I guess it was just a producer of sorts or a scout or I guess just one of the people who are looking for different contestants. And they tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I'd be interested, and I was right here on Franklin and Adams, coming out of the Franklin and Adams building.
Have you been hanging out with the other guys on the show who were from Chicago? What about Mikey Tenerelli, Nick Roy (the magician) or Will Reese?
James Case: I am not at this point. We're not allowed to really communicate with each other at all, so it's just one of those things -- we need to stay away from each other. So I haven't yet, but I hope to see them. They're all great, great guys.
Did you guys kind of bond having all been from Chicago or not really?
James Case: Yeah, I mean, of course. When you're from the same city, you have the same qualities and you know kind of the same people and you know the same territory. So there's a lot of commonalities that you can relate on. And so, absolutely.
This seems like a particularly fit cast of guys this season on The Bachelorette. How often were the contestants hitting the gym?
James Case: (Laughs) It's really important. I think health is really important and it's one of the things I actually mentioned it to Desiree, there's five things that I think make a man and one of them is being in good health.
One of them is family values, strong with your family, strong in your faith, happy with work life -- again, I think the other [point] is just to be in good health and feeling good about yourself. And I think most of the guys there were all in that same category.
So we all tried to -- I was the cook in the house. We would all cook at different times, you know, the salmon, the fish, the egg whites, and we'd all go outside and do our push-ups, sit-ups, and try to keep as fit as we could in the house. But it was a lot of fun, so the cocktails by the pool didn't help it out, but I think it was very important to all of us, if that answers your question.
Previews for the upcoming episodes make it look like some of the guys are making allegations that you were on the show just to become the next The Bachelor star rather than for Desiree. I was just wondering if you could speak to that.
James Case: Sure, you know, I can't say much. You'll have to stay tuned for that part, but I mean, allegations are allegations, and you just have to watch and you'll have to see for yourself. At the end of the day, I know who I am and that's all that matters. And my family and friends know who I am, and you know, that's what matters.
Nothing else really matters to me, so it was a fun experience. I enjoyed every second of it, and you know, it's just hard for me to continue on with that question, because the show's not over yet.
I know you can't answer the question about being on the show for the right reasons as far as The Bachelorette goes, but if you were asked to be the next Bachelor, would you turn it down?
James Case: At this point, I mean, I am very happy with my career. I really am. I'm in digital marketing, very blessed to be in this and be my age and have the opportunities that come forth.
So it would be a very, very difficult decision. Going on a show like that, you open up yourself to a lot of different things, which is great too because I'm an entrepreneur, but at the same time, let's say I did go on it, my whole family has to accept that. All of my friends have to accept that.
It would be a very, very big decision, but I wouldn't be willing not to say I wouldn't or I would or whatever. You guys will have to stay tuned and watch, I mean, I'm still in this, you know? So you guys have to keep watching.
Above are some additional highlights from James' Thursday conference call with reporters. To read what he told Reality TV World, click here. Check back with us on Monday for more.
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