Meet Kelsey Smith: CMT's Sweet Home Alabama bachelorette!
Every week, the men on Sweet Home Alabama will be vying for Kelsey's heart — and she'll spill all the details after every episode right here on SheKnows! But before the season starts, get to know the Southern belle from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
SheKnows: Why did you want to be the Bachelorette on Sweet Home Alabama?
Kelsey Smith: I've watched previous seasons on CMT and appreciate the show's sweetness, southern values and romance. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the most incredible way to meet my "other half." I have an adventurous spirit.
SK: What does your checklist for "the perfect man" include?
KS: My perfect man is a gentleman. He is someone who I can come home to at the end of the day and desire to be near. I also want someone who is my cheerleader in life! I always feel closest to a guy when I lay my head on his chest... so the perfect man for me is someone I can rest my head on, be myself around and feel right at home with.
SK: What is your idea of a perfect date?
KS: A perfect date, in my opinion, involves anything simple, southern and the outdoors. A gentleman doesn't have to go to great expense or trouble to plan a date; he just needs to be able to share a little bit of himself. I'm all about quality time.
SK: What kind of dates should we expect to see on the show?
KS: Expect a little bit of everything: a little bit of city, a little bit of country and lots of romance!
SK: What's the worst thing a man vying for your heart could do?
KS: Someone who isn't upfront and honest with me is a major turnoff. Also, arrogance is a major turnoff for me. Confidence is one thing, but arrogance is a total turnoff.
SK: What are you most nervous about?
KS: Before I filmed the show, I was most nervous about meeting 22 different guys from all over the United States. My main concern is making sure the guys get to know the real Kelsey.
SK: What are you most excited for?
KS: I am excited for everyone to see our love story play out. I just had the most exciting experience of my life, and now getting to share that with people watching, it feels like a chance to re-live it all over again. I am most excited to be starting the very real next chapter of my life!
SK: What have you learned from watching previous seasons of Sweet Home Alabama?
KS: From watching the previous seasons, I learned to expect the unexpected, and most importantly, don't judge a book by its cover.
SK: Tell us three fun facts about you that we don't already know!
- My favorite foods include pizza and anything that is fried.
- I eat sushi with a fork.
- My favorite college football team is Alabama. In my hometown, there's two seasons: football and waiting for football. ROLL TIDE!
CMT's Sweet Home Alabama premiere airs Friday, Nov. 15 at 9/8c.
Be sure to check back here every week for Kelsey's blogs, where she'll share her thoughts on what happened during and behind the scenes of each episode.
Photo credit: Robby Klein
Read Kelsey's recaps of past episodes
Kelsey recaps Sweet Home Alabama: Whose first date was unforgettable?
Kelsey recaps Sweet Home Alabama: "We put The Notebook to shame"
Kelsey recaps Sweet Home Alabama: "I can see us becoming best friends"