‘Bachelor/ette’ now 1 for 7

NEW YORK – “Bachelorette” Jen Schefft received two marriage proposals on the ABC dating show’s finale, but accepted neither.

Schefft wavered between Jerry Ferris and John Paul Merritt until the very end. Both suitors popped the question, but Schefft denied Merritt and asked Ferris to wait so that she could be sure.

In a live show following Monday night’s episode (which was taped nearly three months ago), Ferris again brought out a wedding ring, but Schefft told him, “I think that we both came to the realization that we were better as friends.”

After a shocked crowd gasped, Ferris relented, telling Schefft: “I love you for that.”

Earlier, Schefft, 28, told Merritt that “something is just not there.” Merritt took the news well, but blew off some steam afterward, saying he felt “betrayed and fooled.”

Schefft previously appeared on “The Bachelor.” Andrew Firestone proposed on the season finale, but the couple broke up.

A new season of “The Bachelor” with Charlie O’Connell (brother to Jerry) premieres March 28 on ABC.

The “Bachelor/ette” franchise has a sub-Mendoza line matchmaking average (1 for 7, with the eighth, Byron and Mary, still incomplete).

– From wire reports

Talkin’ ‘bout a Trevolution

Gloria Trevi, who was recently released from prison, arrived in her hometown of Monterrey to promote a tour that will put her back on a Mexican stage after a nine-year absence, reports The Associated Press.

The pop star, who is billing herself as a woman of the people, shook hands and kissed reporters as she arrived at a news conference Monday dressed in an olive green slip-like dress, black translucent robe and cowboy boots.

“I’m going to put on the hottest show that has ever hit the stage because there is going to be not only quality, but also passion and gratitude toward the people,” Trevi said.

She will kick off her “Trevolution” tour, which will take her to dozens of cities in Mexico and the United States, at the Arena Monterrey on Friday. The U.S. leg of Trevi’s tour will open April 1 in Reno, Nev.

Trevi’s music about sexual liberation and teenage frustration became wildly popular in the early 1990s, and she was often seen as a sort of Latin American version of Madonna.

She was cleared on rape and kidnapping charges in September, along with two of her backup singers, after spending five years in Brazilian and Mexican prisons. Prosecutors had alleged they had lured young girls into their entourage and then sexually abused them.

– Knight Ridder Newspapers


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