#RealityTV Recap: Former Beauty and the Geek Contestant Shawn Bakken #Books4RealityTVFans

Books for Reality TV Fans
Are you a bookworm who enjoys reality TV or the entertainment industry? Then hurry over and add these bargain books to your summer reading list as each novel has a plot thread relating to reality TV or television in general. To celebrate the launch of this list, I hope you’ll enjoy the “reruns” I am showcasing of my June 2011 interviews with former contestants from the reality TV shows Survivor, Top Chef, Beauty and the Geek, Shark Tank, Bachelor Pad, I Love New York and Big Brother.

Here is an excerpt of my interview with Shawn Bakken, a cast member on Season 1 of Beauty and the Geek, a show in which eight “beauties” and 8 “geeks” were paired up to compete against the other seven couples for $250,000 and other prizes.

What was it like to have cameras rolling all the time? How hard was it to get used to being in the public eye?
I was self-conscious at first. They could show any of it to the entire country, but more importantly, my family would be watching. Eventually, I got used to having the cameras around and wouldn’t think about them too much. (If I wanted them to go away, I’d read a book for 30 seconds.) It may have been easier to ignore them than if I’d been on another reality show because we spent most of our time in a mansion; when we were outside and interacting with the public, they kept the cameras well-hidden.

Read the full interview with Shawn from June 2011.

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