Could reality-TV lightning strike the Vail Valley thrice?
FRISCO – It’s hard to believe that reality TV could creep into our casual, sleepy mountain lifestyle not once, not twice but three times, within the last three years – but it has.First it was Ryan Sutter, a hunky Vail firefighter who appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in 2003. Out of 25 men, bachelorette Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter) chose Ryan to marry, and the two are now living happily ever after in Wildridge.Local Raj Bhakta entered Donald Trump’s board room in 2004. The managing partner of Vanquish Enterprises, the entity that has the controlling interest in the Holiday Inn/Apex Lodge in West Vail, starred on the second season of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” Bhakta made it to episode No. 9 before he was fired, ironically, on a real estate task, which is his business specialty.
Dr. Travis Stork could be the next “bachelor” living in Eagle County. Stork stars in ABC’s “The Bachelor,” airing Mondays at 9 p.m. During the course of the series, which this time is set in Paris, Stork will choose one woman out of 25 to spend the rest of his life with. The handsome 33-year-old ER doctor is completing his residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. With his medical training winding to an end, Stork has been searching for jobs and has interviewed at the Vail Valley Medical Center and the Summit Medical Center. “He’s coming back out here for another round of interviews,” said Matt Buchanan, Stork’s best friend since high school. “Working in Summit or Eagle county is his dream job, and he’s hoping to get a position.”Buchanan is a foot and ankle surgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, a clinic with offices in Frisco, Vail and Edwards. He appears on “The Bachelor” tonight, a two-hour special, where he will interview the eight remaining woman.”I’m a little bit nervous about the show,” Buchanan said. “I’m not Mr. TV Personality.”
Stork was tricked into trying out for “The Bachelor,” Buchanan said. Stork was told to meet his friends at a bar that happened to be hosting “The Bachelor” casting call. Stork had been set up. It worked because the producers instantly loved him and chose him for the show.”He really had to think about it,” Buchanan said. “He isn’t an actor; he doesn’t aspire for fame; he doesn’t want a career in Hollywood. It was just a great opportunity, all the life experiences. All the stuff he’s done in Paris, the private yachts and staying in a castle. Plus it’s a good time for him to settle down.”The first round of filming for the show, Buchanan said, took place at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics’ Frisco offices.”Travis was out here at the time interviewing,” Buchanan said.
So if Stork wins his dream girl and his dream job, High Country residents will witness yet another reality-TV family plant root in the mountains. For more information, visit abc.go.com/primetime/bachelor.Vail, Colorado