Reality Steve

Ben’s Girls

This will be an ongoing list of the confirmed bachelorettes for Ben’s season. Any videos, bio info, and pictures that I gather in the coming weeks will be posted under each girls picture. Some will have more than others for no other reason than its because I was given more about them. One thing to remember, is I have no idea how recent these pictures are of these girls. I would say most of them are fairly recent, but I really don’t have any way of knowing. Every season when I post pictures you always get the proverbial “This is not an attractive group of guys/girls”, then the season starts and you see them in person, and perception changes based on a number of factors. So just keep that in mind when making your snap judgments, like I know you will, off a couple pictures.


1. Elyse Myers: 24, personal trainer/fitness instructor, Tampa, Fla. Originally from Illinois, graduated from Eastern Illinois University w/ a degree in exercise physiology. For some reason still has her Twitter page active, although didn’t use it much before she left for filming.



2. Erika Uhlig: 22, Chicago, current Miss Chicago 2011, went to University of Pitt. All her info currently on her Miss Chicago site (, and she also has a Twitter account that she didn’t shut down before she left.


Also, tons of pictures if you wanna google her. We’ll go with the pageant one for now:


3. Jamie Otis: 23, maternity nurse at Cortland Regional Medical Center in Cortland, NY. Intro video was shot at her hospital a few weeks ago.


4. Shawn Reynolds: 28, Phoenix, AZ, financial advisor. Attended Arizona St. University on a soccer scholarship, never married, has a son about 5 years old named Gavin. She’s the third girl from the right in the first row of the group pic in the pigtails.

LinkedIn Profile – Shawn Reynolds


5. Blakeley Shea: 34, esthetician, studied at the Aveda Institute in Charlotte, former Hooters girl, and former Maxim Top 100 in 2006. Want any more pics of her, just google her name and you’ll find hundreds more like these.


6. Jaclyn Swartz: 27, grew up in Massachusetts, lives in NY, Account Manager at CBS Interactive (, graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She is the 2nd girl from the left in the top row of this group picture:


7. Samantha Levey: 26, from Pittsburgh, lives in LA, went to the University of Arizona (like Ben), current Miss Pacific Palisades, CA 2012, will be competing for Miss California 2012, Account Manager at DJ-LA Advertising.

LinkedIn Profile – Samantha Levey


8. Casey Shteamer: 26, Chicago, Illinois, works at the Chicago Board of Trade, part-time model, graduated Arizona St. University in 2007, was a Kappa Alpha Theta.


9. Courtney Robertson: Santa Monica, CA, professional model, was on the cover Fitness Magazine in April 2011. The You Tube video is of her in a Caesar’s Palace commercial.

Courtney Robertson Modeling Website


10. Rachel Truehart: 27, sales rep at Lucerne Textiles in NY, originally from Massachusetts, graduated from Roger Williams Univerity in 2006.

LinkedIn Page – Rachel Truehart


11. Kacie Boguskie: 24, Knoxville, Tennessee, works at Genera Energy LLC, former majorette at the University of Tennessee where she twirled the baton at the football games. In her majorette picture, she’s in the top row, 3rd from the right (click on the picture to make it bigger).


12. Anna Snowball: (yes, that’s her last name) Age ?, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.


13. Monica Spannbauer: Salt Lake City, Utah, works in dentistry, she is the second from the right in the back row in the Sonoma picture wearing the brown tank top.

LinkedIn Profile – Monica Spannbauer


14. Amber Bacon: 23, Canada, maternity nurse at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminister, BC.


15. Emily O’Brien: Charlotte, NC, graduated from Duke with a degree in Psychology, currently a 2nd year medical student (Epidemiologist) at UNC. Not hard to figure out if Ben doesn’t pick her, you might wanna pencil her in for the next Bachelorette.

Research project:

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  1. Dawn

    September 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Thanks for the info Steve. I am so excited to see the rest of the girls… and to start reading all your spoilers.

    I just checked out Elyse’s twitter and it is now shut down. Erica’s probably won’t be shut down since it is the misschicago twitter and not her own personal one.
    Okay, I am now trying to submit comment and a screen pops up and tells me I am trying to post comments to quickly and to slow down. WTH?

  2. jlamich

    September 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    All brunettes so far…(if Ben prefers them over blondes, would they take his preferences under consideration in the casting process?)

  3. mandisu

    September 23, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Why did the comment about the ‘blonde, girl to watch’ get deleted?

  4. GracieGray

    September 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Is it just me or does Elyse look just like a brunette Ali?

  5. cangel44

    September 25, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    something tells me that it is a “conflict of interest” for Miss Chicago to be on this show, especially if she makes it to the end to the fantasy suite dates…I would imagine she would not want to be portrayed in a way that someone with that title should not be…I am just saying. =)

  6. locondcoco

    September 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    GracieGray- definitely not just you. i thought the exact same when i saw the photo.

  7. realitystevefan

    September 26, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    i totally do not agree with cange144’s and locondcoco’s comments about Miss Chicago being on the show. not understanding what grounds would make it a conflict….just sayin….i am a former beauty queen myself and i feel exactally the opposite. i think it is awesome that a beauty queen is on the show…i can’t wait to watch. beauty queens especially the ones that come through the Miss America Organization are poised, elegant, sophisticated, and brilliant young ladies. My vote is for Miss Chicago all the way and wow isn’t she beautiful!!!!

  8. locondcoco

    September 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    @realitystevefan- i was responding to GracieGray’s comment, not cangel44’s.

  9. realitystevefan

    September 27, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    @locondcoco, sorry about that!

  10. cnj123

    September 29, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Reality Steve,
    hey! I love your blog and have followed for years! The shows would not be the same without you 🙂 I have a question…How sure are you on the actual contestants? What are they allowed to tell friends and family concerning them going on the show? I know you have answered this before but I couldn’t find it in reader emails. Thanks!

  11. sophienettejc

    October 3, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    Check out better angle of Jaclyn on my site 🙂 Just searchh for JACLYN SWARTZ on

  12. AlliCat

    October 13, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    It seems like this season there’s a lot more pageant girl/model-types… Usually there’s all the “nannies” and “entrepreneurs” (and other various code words for “unemployed” or “waitress/bartender”)… Guess they’re just cutting to the chase this time.

  13. jpray

    November 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    I like Heather, she just looks so sweet. Maybe a little shy but i like her

  14. curiousblnd

    November 29, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    jpray- As sweet as a 12 yr old. Please.

    RealitySteve or anyone else who knows – Why do these girls do the show? From what I read on the application to be on the show and the contract – abc makes all and any money to be made from the couples tv appearances etc. So they just get the “exposure” is that it ? Thank you in advance – curiousblnd

  15. bunchofhosers

    December 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    wow! No shortage of silicone in this group!! All fun and games until someone puts out an eye! What a lame season this will be…thank goodness for RS’s commentary- otherwise wouldn’t even be worth the time to make fun of this joke of a show.

  16. bunchofhosers

    December 19, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    and if Rachel is 27, she’s had a rough paper route! I’m guessing 30s

  17. ceedee

    January 10, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    I am so distracted with Ben’s new “fiancee”. I swear she looks like Russell Brand in drag! ( Maybe this is why Russell Brand and Katy Perry broke up?) Steve, pull up and image of both of them. It just weirds me out to see Ben with Russell.

  18. pinkhalo4

    August 25, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    @cangel I was thinking the same thing about miss Chicago and miss palisades. I’m sure they can be on the show. It I hope that they don’t ruin their reputation on tv. Especially with the heavy editing this show does.
    I don’t like to make judgment calls on them based on the pictures. I wait till the show airs and even then I know the editing is not always favorable. I had never watched an entire season of the bachelor until Chris’ season.only because I get bored of all the crying. But I’m excited to see Ben’s season. I hope the girls aren’t too catty. And I hope he gets a group of great girls. Chris got a good group of girls in his season and Kaitlin got a good group too……. Not all of the guys and girls are great but a good group in the bunch in always a good show. Best of luck to Ben

  19. pinkhalo4

    August 25, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    By the way, do you know when they will start filming?

  20. vessel

    December 23, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    @pinkhalo4 You are on the wrong Ben’s page! These girls were Ben Flajnik’s girls back when he was the Bachelor in 2012! What you want is “Ben H” who is the current Bachelor!

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