Kasey Kahl, a 27-year-old advertising account executive from Clovis, is one of 25 suitors who'll try to win the heart of Ali Fedotowsky in the sixth edition of the ABC series "The Bachelorette."
He has his younger stepsister, Whitney Hill, to thank -- or blame.
"She was the one who applied for me to be on the show. She told me she just thought I was a good guy and should be on it," says Kahl, who described Wednesday, the day ABC announced he was on the show, as a "crazy day."
With the news, his telephone wouldn't stop ringing, and his voicemail was full by midafternoon.
Because he hadn't applied to be on the show, Kahl was skeptical when a woman called in July from the ABC series. He hung up with a "yeah, whatever," thinking it was a prank. When the woman called back, Kahl was convinced it wasn't a joke.
That started a long process of interviews, video tests and photo shoots before he made the final cut. During that process Kahl decided he would approach the show wholeheartedly.
"I've only had two relationships in my whole life, and they ended badly. I have been hurt twice because I chose the wrong woman," Kahl says. "I decided that maybe someone else may have picked out the right woman for me. So I went into the show with an open heart and open mind."
Reality show participants are under strict guidelines about how much they can reveal about their lives to the public. Too much information can result in a lawsuit.
What's known about Kahl is the Clovis High graduate took classes at California State University, Fresno, and Fresno City College. He had a real estate business in Fresno but now lives half the year in Bakersfield and half the year in San Luis Obispo. Although he stays busy selling advertising for several companies, Kahl does manage to find time to be with family and friends.
His parents, Kerri Kahl and Rhonda Hill, still live in Clovis.
"This is exciting, very exciting," says Hill, who's also under a contract that limits what she can say. "I know this is a reality show, but I think he's sincere in his search and has the best of intentions. I think people will see that."
She adds that her son was more interested in baseball than girls when he was younger.
Kahl says he's not a big fan of reality TV but has watched "The Bachelor" and 'The Bachelorette.' " He got his first glimpse of Fedotowsky, a 25-year-old account manager in online advertising from San Francisco, when she was a contestant on the recent edition of "The Bachelor" with Jake Pavelka.
"She's beautiful and intelligent," Kahl says.
He had fun being on the show -- despite getting into squabbles with a few of his fellow suitors. Sparks fly in the opening episode: One bachelor shares his story of leaving a high-paying job to move to Paris and follow his dream, another offers a scrapbook as a gift and another serenades the Bachelorette.
By the end of the opener, Fedotowsky will eliminate eight of the suitors.
Kahl may or may not come away from the show with a new love, but he's happy with what the show already has given him.
"I really got to learn how to read people and to understand myself more," Kahl says.
He liked the experience so much, Kahl says he would jump at another chance to be in front of the cameras.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.