Carri Perrier unsure why 'The Bachelor' star Matt Grant rejected her
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/27/2008
Carri Perrier is still unsure why she was rejected by The Bachelor: London Calling star Matt Grant -- but added it doesn't really matter if he's sincere in looking for love via the ABC reality dating series.
"[Why I didn't receive a rose] is really hard to tell," she told reporters during a Thursday conference call. "I hope that his intentions are true for coming on this show to find true love. We're never really certain why we're attracted or not attracted to certain people. I'm glad that if I wasn't what he's looking for that he's pursuing stronger relationships with the other girls."
The 25-year-old church marketing representative from Oklahoma City, OK was one of three bachelorettes who failed to receive a rose from the 27-year-old international banker during Monday night's The Bachelor: London Calling broadcast.
While she's a self-described "optimist" who "believes in love at first sight," Perrier said she didn't actually get to spend much one-on-one time -- if any -- with Grant.
"I didn't [spend a lot of one-on-one time with him]. I really didn't actually get any one-on-one time with him until [prior to] the Rose Ceremony when I was eliminated," she said. "I don't think that was a plus or minus -- I think it was just the way it happened."
Perrier said she doesn't fault Grant for the lack of attention he paid her, but thinks there might have been a stronger connection between the two if had he done so.
"Looking back and obviously finding out more about him through the press releases than I really got to find out while I was there, I think we have a lot of things in common," she explained. "Both coming from large families and being the baby, those kinds of things definitely would lend themselves to being able to develop a strong relationship. But in the end it comes down to spending time with that person and understanding who they are and what they have to offer. We didn't get that opportunity [together], and I don't blame him for that at all."
Once Perrier did receive some alone time with Grant prior to the Rose Ceremony, she used it by showing him that she can sing opera, which doesn't seem like it was time well spent.
"We were talking about my involvement in pageants so I wanted to share with him my talent, which is singing," she said. "I was really nervous. That was definitely not my best performance. But I have no regrets about anything I did on the show."
Perrier will most likely be remembered during her short stint as a bachelorette for when she bit a soda can in half during the twelfth season's premiere broadcast.
"It's kind of one of those [things] that I've known how to do for forever. I think I learned it when I was 16 -- I have really competitive friends so we were always looking for stupid human tricks," she said with a laugh. "It's definitely something that I think not a lot of people can do."
She added biting a can in half is something she "never tried in the past" to impress a guy.
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"It's just kind of a crazy, ridiculous trick that I know how to do and I thought that he would enjoy it. He has a great sense of humor," she said. "I didn't feel like I was competing against the other girls to try and set myself apart."
In addition, Perrier said she has no real qualms if that's how she's remembered by viewers.
"I'm just a naturally quirky person, and on national television that's kind of amplified by 10 just because it's edited down and you get to see the really crazy things," she explained. "I'm definitely a multi-layered person, so I knew it was going to be tough to try and show someone who you really are in such a short amount of time."
Perrier said she's a "huge fan" of The Bachelor and added she's "watched it since it began."
"I've watched it with tons and tons and tons of friends," she said. "I made the comment, 'Oh my gosh! Maybe I should go on that show.' So my roommate nominated and they bit. I jumped at the chance and thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity on the show."
Despite The Bachelor's terrible record of making long-lasting love connections, Perrier wasn't pessimistic about the possibility of romance.
"Going into it, I totally buy into the idea that you can find love on a reality TV show. I don't see why that would be so far fetched from finding it in the real world," she explained. "So my expectations were to just go and have a good time and be myself and see if there was a connection."
While she may have been there for the right reasons, Perrier was quick to tell reporters that some of the 12 remaining bachelorettes might not be.
"I think there's some definite drama queens still in the house," she said. "I would definitely question their intentions of whether or not they really felt like they could have and sustain a relationship with Matt."
When asked which bachelorettes she was specifically referencing, Perrier declined to comment.
"I think I'm going to hold my tongue on that one," she said.
Currently, Perrier said she has a couple of guys "waiting in the wings" when it comes to dating but is basically back in the routine of living her daily life.
"I'm back in my job," she said. "I'm a church marketer in Oklahoma City. I do welcoming ministries and promote business within our church. So back to the daily grind. Life as usual."