Tom Hanson: 'Bachelor' contestant returns home as single as she left

TOM HANSON

Kristen Morse left single.

She traveled from Bonita Springs to Paris, France to appear on the TV show "The Bachelor" without a boyfriend or a care in the world.

Kristen Morse of Bonita Springs is one of 25 contestants competing for the affection of Dr. Travis Stork, a 33-year-old ER doctor from Nashville, Tenn., on the eighth season of 'The Bachelor,' which premieres Monday, Jan. 9, on ABC.

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Kristen Morse of Bonita Springs is one of 25 contestants competing for the affection of Dr. Travis Stork, a 33-year-old ER doctor from Nashville, Tenn., on the eighth season of "The Bachelor," which premieres Monday, Jan. 9, on ABC.

She returned single.

In fact, if you're a single young man in Southwest Florida, she's still single.

Morse, 25, didn't find love. And she doesn't have an engagement ring on her hand or any regrets.

Morse, a 1998 Estero High grad, could finally talk Tuesday about her experience on the ABC reality show. She got eliminated on Monday night's episode when she didn't get a rose from this season's bachelor, Dr. Travis Stork, a 33-year-old emergency room doctor.

Morse's heart isn't broken. She isn't upset that her appearance ended after only two episodes.

She's actually relieved.

"We just didn't make a connection," Morse said. "He's nice and attractive but I couldn't see him and I being romantic.

"He definitely wasn't the one."

Morse doesn't lament about being herself on the show, either.

The show portrayed Morse as being certifiably silly.

She read corny poems. She proposed making a wedding dress out of toilet paper. She made fake teeth out of an orange and looked for a laugh.

Stork didn't laugh, which was a sign that things weren't going to work out.

"I'm sure it showed every goofy moment when I was there, but honestly what you see is what you get," said the green-eyed blonde. "Anyone who knows me has seen the (orange) teeth and laughed. And actually when he didn't think it was funny, I knew we weren't a match."

Even though she didn't find Mr. Right, Morse found Paris enchanting.

Between the flickering lights on the Eiffel Tower, the romantic boat ride down the Seine River and the luxurious 14th century French chateau digs, Morse didn't want to come home.

"Who wants to leave Paris?" she said.

Morse said the most memorable moment was stepping out of the limo in the first episode with the chateau in the background, a silhouette of the bachelor on the front step and the cameras rolling.

"It's such a rush and you don't get those rushes too often," Morse said. "Maybe when you get married. I don't know yet. When you walk down the aisle or you win something grand. It took my breath away."

Morse hasn't yet officially returned to work at a Naples software company where she was employed as a marketing director. She's leaving her options open and is looking forward to the "The Bachelor" reunion show scheduled for late February.

In the meantime, she's ready to start dating again.

But Morse realizes the pickings are slim in Southwest Florida. That's why she went on the show in the first place.

"The dating scene around here is just bad," Morse said.

But she's ready to give love and her hometown a second chance.

"Yeah, single men of Bonita Springs, where are you?" Morse emphatically said.

Watch out, Kristen Morse is back and she's still single.

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