“Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” Favorites Come to Providence

Friday, August 27, 2010


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Among the lovelorn passengers aboard the gondolas that will parade down the Providence River during this Saturday’s WaterFire will be two familiar faces from two ABC’s hit reality shows: Chris Lambton, Ali Fedotowsky's runner-up on this summer’s sixth season of “The Bachelorette;” and Gia Allemand, a finalist “The Bachelor,” season 14, and the currently-airing spinoff, “Bachelor Pad.”

“It’s been very surreal,” is how Lambton describes his “Bachelorette” experience over lunch in Newport. Though the final episode of his season aired earlier this month, taping wrapped much earlier in the summer and Lambton says that time has mended his broken heart–as have throngs of admirers. “People drive by our house, take pictures, people are leaving gifts on our porch–its crazy,” he says, and that’s in addition to the dozen or so letters he receives daily, his growing fan base on Facebook and swelling followers on Twitter.

“The beach that I’ve been going to for 33 years, I went there two weeks ago after work, on a Monday, with my dad and my brother at like four in the afternoon. We get out of the water and the next thing you know, there’s like 50-60 people around me, like the whole beach flocked to me and were taking pictures, and its not something I’m used to, it’s just so much fun,” beams Lambton.

A Bright Future

Since the show wrapped in August, rumors have been swirling that Lambton is being highly touted for the next season of “The Bachelor,” but the 33-year-old landscaper from Dennis, Massachusetts, is hush-hush about future involvement with the program. He says his first foray into television has already opened a lot of doors, and he’s currently looking overonsidering “a lot of opportunities.”  Lambton, a division-one track athlete during his time at Providence College, has already lent his newly-found fame to philanthropic endeavors, raising more than $10,000 for Compassionate Care ALS by competing in the Falmouth Road Race two weeks ago and playing in the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic in North Carolina.

Lambton and Allemand’s appearances include a meet and greet for fans at Shark Sushi Bar and Grille on Thayer Street from 1-4pm; WaterFire, with fires to be lit shortly after sunset (7:26pm); and partying the night away at Monet Lounge on Harris Avenue.

Photo by Shawna Sampson

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