Bachelorette Jen Back in the Game

Bachelorette Jen Back in the Game
Jen Schefft at the Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago
Joseph Montezinos

updated 08/10/2004 at 02:00 PM EDT

originally published 08/13/2004 06:00AM

Bachelor alum and Bachelorette-to-be Jen Schefft wasn't always so enthusiastic about finding love on reality TV. In the fall of 2002, while watching Aaron Buerge on the first season of The Bachelor with pal Michelle Kaminski, Schefft said, "God help me if I need to go on a dating show to meet a guy." Though she watched avidly, "I thought to myself, 'Who are these girls?' and 'Why would they do this?' " she tells us. But after Kaminski convinced her to apply and producers contacted her, Schefft was on her way. As for her broken engagement to Andrew Firestone following her first go on The Bachelor, Schefft says she's moved on: "There's a time period that you're sad and don't want to deal with relationships. And then you start to feel like yourself again – I'm definitely ready to find someone and start over."

So, what kind of guy is the Ohio native seeking? "I like a guy who can take charge and do things for himself. I'm independent and I like to be able to take care of my surroundings – I like feeling competent," says Schefft. "In a relationship, I like when things are more equal – I want him to do things for me and I want to do things for him, but we share it." Schefft tells us she's hopeful about the show, which begins taping in New York in the fall. "I'm so excited about it – I really hope that I meet someone. I believe this could really lead to meeting someone."

They're Back
Duranies, rejoice! The original members of Duran Duran – Simon LeBon, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes – have completed their first album in 21 years, and have wrapped up shooting the video for the first single, "Sunrise." Harkening back to their '80s heyday, the band shot the video in a number of exotic locales as far-flung as London, the California desert and the Spanish Pyrenees. Pick your favorite Duran dude, and watch him globetrot. The album, titled Astronaut, is due out in October.

What a Sport
You know you're cool when you're the guy the celebrities seek out at a party. That's just what happened to Chuck Carothers, 26, the motocross daredevil who wowed X Games spectators in L.A. last week with a mid-air move that none of us should ever attempt at home under any circumstances. (Don't believe it? Chuck tells us that since he began riding 16 years ago, he's had 21 broken bones and 13 surgeries. In learning this trick alone, he broke three bones in his foot, fractured his collarbone and dislocated his shoulder. Ouch.) After taking the prize for best Moto X trick, Chuck went triumphantly to the FoxRider soiree at the Downtown Standard Hotel, and found himself sought out by the likes of Colin Farrell and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue). "I've met so many people and had the best time," he tells us.

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