LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Come Monday night, Jen Schefft will finally get to be with the man of her dreams -- or not, depending on which celebrity gossip you're reading.
With or without a guy, though, she's looking forward to reclaiming her life after the finale of "The Bachelorette."
"It will be so nice to be able to answer a question freely and say a person's name without wondering what everyone's going to say or what they're going to read into it," Schefft says. "I'm looking forward to that being over."
In Monday's (Feb. 28) finale, the 28-year-old Chicago resident will have to choose between two guys -- the ready-to-settle-down John Paul and Jerry, who has made it to this last round despite Jen's repeated questioning of his motives. Schefft says her doubts, which were sort of a running theme through the season, were there, but that wasn't nearly the whole story with her and Jerry.
"You're seeing five minutes of a 12-hour day," she says of the way the show, by necessity, is edited. "So yeah, I think I had questions, but I also had a lot of fun and got a lot of my questions answered."
In fact, Schefft says, some of her favorite moments during the course of the show, which finished taping about three months ago, came when the "Bachelorette" crew was busy attending to other things and she had "down time" with the two final guys.
"We'd go into a restaurant or somewhere, and it's not quite ready, and we're sitting in the car waiting to go in. Those are the times that I loved the most because the cameras weren't really on us and we didn't feel intimidated by that," she says. "Those down moments where 25 things were going on around us, we could just sit and no one would really pay attention to the two of us."
As ABC has breathlessly promoted, both John Paul and Jerry propose to Schefft in the finale -- a first for "The Bachelorette." The rejected guy will learn her answer within the confines of the taped show, but the final guy will have to wait for the live "After the Final Rose" special at 10 p.m. ET to hear what she has to say.
Some scuttlebutt has it that Schefft will ultimately reject both guys; she, of course, can't really respond yet. "You'll have to just watch to find out what really happened," she says.
"I'm so nervous," Schefft says. "First of all, it's live, so I can't mess up, or if I do, everyone's going to see. It's very nerve-wracking.
"But I'm just looking forward to ending the show, then moving on with my life. I'm nervous, but I'm excited as well."