Reality Check

updated 02/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

For Love or Money

GETTING IT RIGHT
After dating for only a couple of months—or just slightly longer than he courted contestants on the first For Love or Money—Rob Campos got engaged to Katherine Barber, 34, who restores old homes in Texas. "We've already picked the date (June) and we're planning the wedding," says Campos, 34. He's also celebrating completion of a TV pilot he produced called LoveScene. "It's an American Idol for actors," he says. But don't expect to see him onscreen. "I've decided I don't want to be on TV anymore. It gets old after a while."

American Idol

TAKE THAT, SIMON
At least two American Idol rejects will not be American Idle. In March first-season finalist RJ Helton, 22, is set to release his debut CD, Real Life, a blend of pop, R&B, rock and gospel. "I wanted to talk about relationships, love, things people can relate to," he says. Meanwhile, season 2 wannabe Josh Gracin, 23, recently signed with the country label Lyric Street Records. Gracin, still on active duty with the Marines, will have his first single out in March and a debut CD in stores this summer. Said Gracin in a statement: "I know I'm at the right place to launch my career."

The Apprentice

SEALING THE DEAL
He fell asleep on the job and tried to charge $1,000 for a glass of lemonade. Still, wild man Sam Solovey—fired by Donald Trump in week 3 after acting, he admits, "like a freak of nature"—saved his best stunt for last: On the Today show Jan. 22, he proposed to elementary school teacher Lori Levin, 26, during a live interview. "I told Lori they were fascinated anybody could put up with me for five years," says Solovey, 28, explaining how he got her on the show without spilling the beans. Levin said yes; the couple, who met on a blind date, are planning a fall wedding. Ironically, Solovey, who cofounded an e-mail newsletter business, says he is now hoping to buy a condo in...Manhattan's Trump Place. And he says he hasn't let his brief but memorable TV stint change him. Says Solovey: "I'm still the same nut job I was three weeks ago."

QUICK HITS

A report that ex-Bachelorette Trista Sutter bugged network execs to give her firefighter husband, Ryan, a TV show is, she insists, unreal. "No. 1, Ryan has no aspirations to act," she says. "And No. 2, Ryan is a big boy and if he wanted to look for a job outside of firefighting, he'd do it without my help."...

Apparently reality TV isn't one of the three R's. My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé's Randi Coy, 24, has resigned from her job as a first-grade teacher in Scottsdale, Ariz. But she's not moping as she looks for a new gig. "I'm keeping a positive attitude," she says. "Quite a few parents have told me they'd let their child watch the show. They said it's fun. It's good to know you have support."

The Bachelor

PASSING FANCY
It's one of the greatest coups in reality TV casting," Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss brags of snagging New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer, 25, as his next single stud (the new season starts airing in April). Can the strapping, 6'2" Toronto native be the first Bachelor to find true love? Maybe, says Fleiss: "I can't believe how good this guy is. He's the kind of guy we dreamed about."

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