“Bachelorette” Star Ali Fedotowsky Opens Up About Her New Show "1st Look" and the Single Life

Ali Fedotowsky is back on camera again and is approaching the single life with a new attitude! Ali Fedotowsky is probably best known for pinning boutonnieres on prospective suitors on "The Bachelorette," but after calling off her engagement with fiancé Roberto Martinez 6 months ago she's beginning to stretch her wings outside the realm of reality TV.

This weekend, she'll be heading back to TV as the host of "1st Look" on NBC, which will follow the former Facebook employee around the U.S. as she scopes out the best places and things to do in the hottest cities! Ali sat down with us to give us the scoop on her new gig and to talk about life as a single woman.

Did you ever think you were going to do TV as a full time job?
No, but after "The Bachelorette" I realized I had this following on Facebook and Twitter…I feel a sense of responsibility. It would be foolish for me to throw it all away and say, 'Ok , I am just going to go back to Facebook or to the tech world, and never mind all this.' I almost feel like there is more that I can do. If I can be a good role model, that is awesome.

What can viewers expect from "1st Look"?
What I really love about the show is that I can go to a city like LA, that I live in, or San Francisco, that I know very well, and we go to places that are in your backyard, that you may have never known about. I think it is great for people who are locals and for people who are traveling to the cities.

Which place on "1st Look" has been your favorite so far?
I did a food challenge [in San Francisco at Pho Garden] where I had to eat 2 pounds of pho noodles and 2 pounds of combination beef. Combination beef is pretty much as gross as it sounds. It was the inside lining of a cow's stomach or tripe. That was very hard. I was in a lot of pain as you will see when you watch the segment, but it is so funny.

Do you get hit on a lot now that you're single and people have seen you on "The Bachelorette"?
The one thing I've noticed is that guys that I feel would never normally be interested in me, act like they're interested in me. I can see right through that.

What's the best dating advice you've gotten?
The best advice I have been given is not to jump back into a relationship and to really focus on me for awhile. [My relationship with Roberto] was the most meaningful relationship of my life and I need to heal from that. When you think you're going to get married and then you don't, that is a tough pill to swallow. It is creeping up on 6 months now and I feel like I'm going to start feeling more ready.

You once said there is a difference in what you need and what you want. Can you elaborate?
When I went into "The Bachelorette" I think I knew what I wanted and what I needed. Then throughout the course of the show, I let those things change. What I need is someone who makes me laugh. I'm not saying that Roberto wasn't these things. I need someone who is okay with me being a strong, independent woman, and having a career.

What dating advice would you give to other independent women?
One of my favorite sayings is, "I don't love you because I need you; I need you because I love you." I truly believe in being strong and loving yourself before you can love somebody else. That is, by far, the most important thing. That is the only way to have a healthy relationship.

Your Twitter says you're a "Get -to- know-you -game enthusiast." What's your signature opening line?

Tell me something I don't know about you! I think that is a great pickup line. I feel like the best way to pick up a girl is to take her off guard. Don't go up to her and say, 'Hey babe you look good tonight.'

What type of guy do you like?

I would say the type of guy I tend to like wears jeans, Converse and a T-shirt with a tie and a sports jacket over it--not a button up. I love that funky style that is more laid back. I think that is adorable and cool.

Who is your celeb crush?
Obviously, I think Leonardo DiCaprio is the hottest thing on the planet, but that is a little unattainable. You never know until you meet somebody, but I love Andy Samberg! I think he is so funny and I am attracted to funny, witty Jewish guys .


To catch Ali on "1st Look" tune in April 14, after "Saturday Night Live" on any NBC-owned station!