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Podcast #89 – Interview with Samantha Steffen

Back to the “Bachelor” world as I’m pretty sure the whole month of August the podcasts will be with contestants from Bachelor Nation, assuming everyone follows through with what they said. Today’s guest had an interesting run during her time on the show, and that’s Samantha Steffen. She’s the first girl I had on from Chris Soules’ season which I didn’t even realize until I started researching for the interview. Most people probably don’t even remember her from Chris’ season, since she definitely more known for her time on BIP 2 and her relationship with Joe Bailey. We get into that and a whole lot more in this podcast. I had Joe on probably over a year ago, so it was tough to remember what he said, but I remember he definitely took ownership for how their relationship unfolded on TV. Samantha sheds a little light on things that we didn’t see which played out behind-the-scenes. As always, if you want to respond to the interview, please include Samantha’s Twitter handle (@SammiSteffen) in your replies. After last week’s podcast, wanted to have a more fun and lighthearted conversation and you’ll definitely get that with Samantha this week. Enjoy…

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(SPOILERS) Samantha joins me to talk about being the first contestant from Chris’ season on the podcast, how she got cast (6:01), her first night impressions of the other women (9:56), what were her initial impressions of Chris (11:27), not getting a date early on (13:13), her thoughts on Ashley Salter & Kelsey Poe (16:30), getting eliminated in New Mexico and who had she connected with the most (24:23), did the women talk about what life would be like with Chris in Iowa (27:58), being approached about Paradise (30:24), everything that happened with Joe pre-show and her relationship on the show with him (32:43), her one regret about the Joe situation (41:03), her relationship with Nick on the show and post-show (45:15), what she’s up to now (48:54), and we end with the Final 10 (56:20).

Facebook – Samantha Steffen
Twitter – @SammiSteffen
Instagram – samanthasteffen

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  1. crushonspivey

    August 2, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    It’s funny. People are talking about the caliber of guys on this franchise, and of late it hasn’t been great. The elephant in the room is that Sam represents the typical caliber of women on the show–Insta fame seeker who loves to post bikini pics, and then offers not much real substance. Kardashian style saccharine depth. Yeah she looks great in her swimwear, but what else really is there? Fair question for the Spivey type feminists who like to critique the show. Because I can name DOZENS of Bach girls just like this. Pret a Bachelor in Paradise.

    Fleiss had a formula that worked. It doesn’t anymore. I don’t trust him to change it. He got lucky, but he isn’t smart enough to evolve.

  2. yzudak

    August 2, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    You should’ve asked her about Jeremy Piven!

  3. tinyred500

    August 2, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    @crushonspivey, I was waiting for someone else to listen to the Podcast to see if they came to same conclusion I did, and you did. Samantha sounds nice enough, and I’ve heard her speak before (about her time on the show) on the afterbuzz show, but I found myself waiting for a more in-depth answer. It really never came. Not being able to give any real insight to what she knew about any of the other girls…or even what happened on her dates, was more than a bit surprising. Okay, it may have been 4 years ago, but it was a one-off thing that she done, but what robbed her of her recollection throughout the entire time she was there!?

    I listened to Tierra’s podcast yesterday and they couldn’t have been more different, they were poles apart. Okay, she got some things wrong about her season (either on purpose or not) and she may have not been very astute (about the producers role etc., and how she’d come across to others) during her time of her season, but she showed far more depth and had some interesting things to say about social media….all of which I agreed with!

    Sharleen Joynt still stands out to me as one of the best contestants yet.

  4. elizabeth82

    August 2, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    What others have said. I find her vapid and am not interested in listening to a whole podcast episode with her.

  5. qtontv

    August 2, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Thank you tiny red and crushonspevy for saving me the time, I won’t be wasting it listening to her “thoughts” or lackthereof.

  6. GoingBlonde

    August 2, 2018 at 8:25 PM

    She could not remember anything or anyone from her season! So weird!

  7. soccertory

    August 4, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    I’m only 30 minutes in and also came to see if anyone else was annoyed? She can’t remember anything. I wonder if Steve was frustrated asking all these questions. She knew it was a Bachelor podcast, right? Maybe read your journals or the show recap if you can’t even remember who you lived with and were friends with!

  8. wrigshuman

    August 5, 2018 at 10:20 PM

    First post here, love how everyone has a different take on the same event.

    I really thought Samantha just didn’t want to say anything that could be construed as negative towards anyone else, being easier to say she didn’t remember or wasn’t aware.

    She did specifically say they don’t have her on film saying anything negative about anyone, so that seemed important to her.

    With Marikh, my take was that Steve had the hots for her and was gushing over her. Seemed like a nerd talking to a girl he had a crush on, uncomfortable to listen to for me.

  9. tinyred500

    August 6, 2018 at 6:07 AM

    I can understand how she felt whilst filming, but if her reason for stating she didn’t remember (or coming across as though she didn’t remember) was because she didn’t want to sound negative or say anything negative about others etc, during her interview, then perhaps she should have passed on the podcast altogether? Talking about her groups dates or even her overall general experience would have been just fine. Quite a few contestants have given great interviews, without being negative or even upsetting the franchise producers. She sounded nice enough etc., I just don’t think she remembered or took too much in, which is why the interview was rather lacking in any depth. IMO

  10. rob22

    August 6, 2018 at 7:17 AM

    I don’t listen to most podcasts, and won’t listen to this one. Thanks for the warning! But there is such a thing as preparation. Winging it is for amateurs. If she’s really trying to build her brand, then she should have prepared for the podcast so that she came across as interesting & someone that people may want to follow on social media. In a lot of ways, you have to hand it to the Kardashians. They figured this whole thing out without a lot of people to model. Even though they are “famous for being famous”, my bet is that they have worked very hard at their branding and would never show up to an interview unprepared. The problem with the Kardashian wannabes is that they think they can just post a few bikini pics, show up to some D List podcast and they’ll be successful. Anyone that thinks that is never really going to make it. Yes sweetheart, you have to put some work into it. Your pretty face isn’t enough and btw, it won’t be that pretty in a few years. There isn’t really a way to just sort of wing it through life. Well there is, but it doesn’t end well. Look at RS. We tease that he just throws things out there, doesn’t edit, etc. but he’s had to work hard on his brand over the years to get where he is. Apparently this woman didn’t get that memo.

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