When the next edition of ABC’s top-rated reality TV program The Bachelor debuts on Monday, January 2 (8 pm), one of the women vying for 36-year old software salesman Nick Viall will be school teacher Vanessa Grimaldi.
Vanessa is a much loved special needs teacher at school in the East End. She will reportedly use her multi-lingual skills in French and Italian to impress The Bachelor. I reached out to her, but she is not authorized to do interviews at the present time.
The Bachelor debuted on March 25, 2002, on ABC. The show is hosted by Chris Harrison. Its success has resulted in several spin-offs including The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, and Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise.
As the show is designed, the series revolves around a single bachelor (deemed eligible) who starts with a pool of romantic interests (typically 25) from whom the bachelor is expected to select a wife. During the course of the season, the bachelor eliminates candidates and proposes marriage to his final selection. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and the conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show.
Vanessa, 29, answered these questions on the ABC website.
What are your three best attributes? My personality, my drive to succeed and work hard, my patience
If you could be any fruit or vegetable, which one would you be? An onion because they’re a staple item and can be found all year round.
Do you have any phobias? Sharks/bees
What does your ideal mate look like? I don’t really have a type, but a great smile is definitely necessary.
What are you most afraid of? Hurting people’s feelings.
Do you speak any languages other than English? French and Italian
What’s the most romantic present you have ever received, and why? A promise ring – because it’s a freaking promise ring!
How important is your family’s approval to you when it comes to dating? Very important. I respect my family’s opinions as they usually are right in the end.