This season of The Bachelor has been a bumpy ride. There were girls that we loved, and girls that we wanted to go home the first night. However, there was always one girl that seemed to stand out, and it was a plus that she was from Scottsdale! Kat Hurd seemed to be a front-runner early on, but ended up going home as a top six contestant for Juan Pablo.
She handled her exit with grace, unlike some in the early episodes, and Fabulous Buzz has the exclusive interview!
Kat dishes on everything from the first night, to the awkward personal interviews and whom she thinks is the best fit for Juan Pablo!
What made you decide to try out for the Bachelor?
I had a few girlfriends that encouraged me to send in a video, and instead I went to a casting call here in Phoenix. Scottsdale/Phoenix is a hard place to meet people, so I figured, why not!
The first night on the show is always awkward to watch, but how awkward is it to actually be there?
It honestly wasn’t awkward. It’s definitely not a normal, everyday situation, but we were all very excited to be there, to meet Juan Pablo, and to get started on our journey to find love!
So, obviously the pressure of trying to get Juan Pablo’s attention can get to a lot of women. How did you deal with the stress of that and competing with the other women?
I never saw this experience as a “competition;” of course I wanted to get Juan’s attention, but I ultimately felt that if I was myself and opened up to him, we’d be able to connect if it was meant to be!
It started to seem like Nikki and some of the other girls were hating on you to the cameras, was that just the editing, or were some of the girls not a fan of you?
That’s a great question and one that I can’t really answer- I never had any issues with anyone, but all our interview moments are private, so if girls were bothered by me and expressed it in their interview I wouldn’t have known anyway!
We all witnessed Juan Pablo saying one thing, and acting differently (ie. saying he didn’t want to kiss all the girls, and then kissed a different girl), did you witness that first hand? How did the house take it?
I never actually witnessed it firsthand, and it was surprisingly something that none of us discussed while it was happening.
Clare got a lot of one-on-one time, even on the group dates!, was hard to witness, or did no one really notice?
Oh, trust me, we definitely noticed. But, as annoyed as we all were, you also can’t fault the girl for taking advantage of the opportunities she was presented with.
Watching, it seemed like Juan had favorites really early on, did it seem like that to you?
Juan always talked about being fair, but we definitely knew early on that Sharleen was his front runner.
How was your one-on-one time with Juan? Did it seem like you had a connection early on?
Juan and I had a great first date. The running aspect, while a blast, did make it challenging to really get to know him, so we didn’t develop as strong of an initial connection as some other girls did in their one on one dates. As I said in my exit, we had that initial connection, but never really got off the ground- it happens sometimes :)
Do you still keep in contact with some of the girls?
Sadly we aren’t able to connect until after the season airs.
If you could do it over, would you change anything?
Not a single thing, which I am very very happy with :)
Now that you are out of the competition, who do you think is right for Juan?
That’s a hard question. He seems to get along really well with Clare, and I know he really likes Nikki, so it will be interesting to see what happens!
Who do you think is not a good fit?
Me, obviously- that’s why I ended up going home :)
If you were offered the role of Bachelorette, or to be on Bachelor Pad, would you do it?
I loved my experience on The Bachelor and don’t know what I would do if asked. I love my life in Phoenix and it’s hard to think of leaving it again for such an extended period of time.
What’s your dating life like now? Has being on the show affected it?
Being back has been so busy that I haven’t really been able to date. Between working, teaching at Karve, and raising money for the Breast Health and Research Center, I definitely have a full plate. So I’m taking a little break from dating, and will get back into it when the time is right.
What did you learn from the experience?
A lot! I really could write a whole book on my experience and the lessons I’ve learned. Ultimately, this experience taught me that being vulnerable really isn’t a bad thing, and that sometimes you have to go for broke and see what happens. You never know when lightning might strike!
I guess all the drama really is in the editing!