Will Ex-Washingtonian Tessa Horst Find Love in 'The Bachelor'?
Since every "love match" on the show ends up on the rocks, we lost faith in "The Bachelor" and all those predictable bachelorettes -- until Tessa Horst, the former Washingtonian with an intriguing pedigree.
Until the show finishes out the season, ABC forbids Horst and her family to reveal anything about the choices made by bachelor Andy Baldwin,30, a naval medical officer stationed in Hawaii. Her show bio says only that she's a 26-year-old social worker from San Francisco -- but after plenty of "no comments," we've unearthed this much: Horst grew up in Washington (her dad is Thomas Horst, an international tax expert and former bigwig at Treasury) and graduated from Georgetown Day (1999) and Middlebury College (2003). The exotic brunette is a triathlete, skier, former waitress and possibly an heiress: Sources say her grandfather is one of the richest men in Hong Kong
Horst, one of 25 women competing, said on the show that she decided to audition because she was ready for an adventure -- her mother, Romana, met her second husband on the Inca Trail. She's clearly ambivalent about the whole reality-dating concept; in the second episode, she told another bachelorette that she was already sick of the competition and wanted to go home. Her lack of desperation must have worked -- Baldwin has already proclaimed her "wife material."
Last night, Horst was in the background for most of the show, and she asked Baldwin not to keep her around if he wasn't feeling a connection between the two of them. So you know what happened -- she received the first rose, making it into the final six.