The Sound of Music
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Hometown: Oakdale, CA; resides in Manhattan Beach, CA
Jesse Wilson grew up in Oakdale, California, which happens to be affectionately known as "Cowboy Capital of the World," where there were only three stop signs, one general store and 100 people. This small-town boy went on to play semi-professional football and was voted the team captain. Wilson is confident when it comes to sports and athleticism, but he is looking for the perfect girl. He wants to get married eventually and have kids - he even has the names picked out for his children.
Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic State University and later received his MBA while attending American University. He currently works as a director for an Internet company.
Whom did you feel most connected to during the competition?
If I'm being honest, I realized I really didn't have much of a connection to any of the female participants, but had a rather strong friendship connection with Ben from the first day on the show. If nothing else, I believe I gained a true friendship from a very sincere and solid guy.
Ultimately, are you happy the additional contestants were brought in to mix it up?
Ultimately, yes I am. Even if it really didn't bring me much happiness in the way of love, it at least opened more doors for my fellow participants and that really is the end game.
What behavior surprised you the most from the other contestants?
Well there were a few others who continued to try to demonize me for personal reasons, but I understand that's human nature and you can't always be liked by everyone, even though I'd love to be. Regardless, I believe I stayed true to who I was, my beliefs and the sincerity of my reasons for engaging in this experience.
What was your favorite challenge and why?
Not sure what the challenge was named, but it included the horses and the Limon waterfall. It was the adventure Ali and I shared. I loved it because I was finally with the person I thought I would complete the show with regardless of the fact that she was the (self-proclaimed) worst and least athletic person for these adventures. It turned out to be the most grueling and toughest adventure to date, and we were in every position from last and finally to first throughout the adventure. When we crossed the finish line, it truly felt like something out of a book/movie...
Was there anything off-screen that you feel the audience missed out on?
Much of the comrade between a few of us guys, the silly games we played, and alternatively the true personalities, egos, and motives of a few of the others for being on the show.
Any fun anecdotes or run-ins with nature you'd like to share?
The mosquitoes were so ruthless that I literally sacrificed breathing and flirted with suffocation each night in order to get away from them. I even slept in a bathtub in the Oasis a couple of the nights in order to avoid them.
What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
I learned that while I may not have found Love in the Wild, I did pick up some solid friends along the way, but also learned that I can't please everyone and not everyone will like me. Whilst this is happening, I should continue to be who I am and not be derailed from facilitating friends achieving the ultimate goal. I found that I can find my happiness helping others discover theirs.
Why did you decide to take part in this show?
I sincerely went on with the hopes that I might find someone in addition to competing in great adventures and traveling to a beautiful tropical destination.
Would you call yourself an outdoorsy person? Why or why not?
I believe that I'm an Inbetween Doorsy guy. I love doing things outside such as playing sports, hiking, camping, beach, photography, etc, but I also love indoor activities such as watching movies, cooking, photography, editing and eating.
What are you afraid of?
Going to sound a little cheese, but honestly afraid I may never find that one person who truly compliments me in life and completes my happiness.
What surprised you most about being in the jungle?
The goddamn mosquitoes, haha.
What was the hardest thing for you to live without? What did you miss the most?
The hardest thing to live without was Round Table Pizza and a personal camera to take pictures.
What would other people say are your best qualities?
That I'm down to earth and easy going, and my empathy.
Describe the worst date you've ever been on.
Two minutes into the date the girl was telling me how rich her family was, how powerful her father was, and how lucky I was to be on a date with her. Needless to say, I laughed and the date ended shortly after.
What qualities do you find to be most important in your partner?
Loves cuddling, being emotional, sensual, romantic, touchy feely, hugging/kissing. Bright and funny, but can be silly, ditzy sometimes. Modesty, empathy, sincerity and humility.
Describe your ideal date.
Can be anywhere in the world as long as we get the chance to talk and get to know each other. I know that if they're at least a personality match for me then we can be anywhere and enjoy our time together.