May 08, 2013 12:00 PM

WHEN IT AIRED: January 2005

WHO SHE PICKED: Jerry Ferris

Not long after her split from Bachelor Andrew Firestone, account executive Jen Schefft signed on as the Bachelorette with high hopes—and a bit of caution. “I was really guarded,” says Schefft, now 36 and a stay-at-home mom. “After The Bachelor, I was so aware of the critics—it made me self-conscious.” In the end she chose art gallery director Jerry Ferris but stopped him before he could pop the question; the relationship quickly disintegrated. “I fell in love with the idea more than the person, because it just wasn’t reality,” she says. “Jerry was a great guy but it wasn’t going anywhere.” Now a mom with husband Joe Waterman to Mae, 2, and Charlotte, 9 months, Schefft admits, “The show didn’t turn out the way I hoped, but everything worked out for the best.”

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