Where are they now?

The Hometown Heroes 

Where are they now?

Danni Boatwright, Tonganoxie, Kansas Survivor: Guatemala

Best-known: for winning the million-dollar prize

Last spotted: as a sideline reporter for the Kansas City Brigade arena football team

Brandon Bellinger, Manhattan, Kansas Survivor: Guatemala

Best-known: as ninth person eliminated from the show

Last spotted: ranching in Manhattan

Jermaine Jamison Richard Branson's Rebel Billionaire

Best-known: for being booted in the fourth episode for falling asleep on an African safari

Last spotted: on the board of directors for Solace House, a Prairie Village nonprofit supporting families of murder victims

Stephen Johnson Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Best-known: for pulling gunshot-wounded paramedic Mary Seymour out of the line of fire when the Kansas City Fire Department responded to a house explosion in south Kansas City, and raising five kids as a single father

Last spotted: still working as a firefighter; appealing a $3,720 property tax bill for his new pad

Amanda Marsh The Bachelor

Best-known: for being chosen by the show's first bachelor, Alex Michel (the couple later broke up)

Last spotted: on E! True Hollywood Story: The Bachelor and The Bachelorette: working in PR for Diagnostic Imaging Centers; engaged since March 2005 to Matt Zender, a Black & Decker salesman

Gina McFadden American Idol 4

Best-known: as daughter of famed singer and tap dancer Lonnie McFadden from the McFadden Brothers (made the top 50 before getting cut)

Last spotted: performing the national anthem in May at the Famous Dave's barbecue cook-off

Lora Manka Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?

Best-known: for appearing on the show

Last spotted: married, but not to a millionaire; working as a PR manager at the Lathrop & Gage law firm

B.B. Anderson Survivor: Borneo

Best-known: as contestant second to be voted off

Last spotted: as a retired contractor, splitting his time between KC and Vail, Colorado

Lisa Forbes The Bachelor: Paris

Best-known: for being dismissed after the first round

Last spotted: working as a sales manager at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park

Cara Kahn Real World: Chicago

Best-known: for being cast for the show while living in St. Louis and for being the show's most flirtatious cast member

Last spotted: working at Serendipity, a boutique in Fairway; engaged to a resident at KU Med

Shandi Sullivan America's Next Top Model, Season 2

Best-known: for being charged for robbing a Mr. Bulky's prior to taping the show, in which the former Walgreens cashier finished third

Last spotted: trying to embrace the bad-girl persona from the show by selling homemade "Shanthrax" and "Evil Shandar" T-shirts —when that didn't work, she moved on to working as a DJ at Pianos, a lounge on the Lower East Side of New York City

Wes Bergmann Real World: Austin

Best-known: for describing himself as someone who "has never really experienced living with an African-American"

Last spotted: taking a break from college to work in bar promotions

Dan Renzi Real World: Miami

Best-known: for being bitchy and unrepentant

Last spotted: on May 5, 2004, when police charged him with exposing himself at The Stand, a porn theater on Troost; appearing, 10 years after his Real World debut, in The Inferno II , a challenge between MTV reality show contestants in Manzanillo, Mexico

Susan Edds The Bachelor: Paris

Best-known: for being dumped after she and Travis visited her parents in North Carolina (there, her dad asked her: "You think this is going to launch your [acting] career in Los Angeles?")

Last spotted: moving to Manhattan Beach, California, to pursue acting; starring in The Evil Inside, a locally made film screened at the 2006 Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee

Melana Scantlin Average Joe

Best-known: for picking one of the show's good-looking ringers over an Average Joe

Last spotted: as the hot side dish in a Wendy's commercial; also doing commercials for alma mater Park University and a seasonal talk show for the Chiefs

Megan Denton Temptation Island

Best-known: for her job on the show (along with at least four Kansas Citians) —to wreck other relationships

Last spotted: teaching kindergarten, according to the Lawrence Journal-World, at a private school in California

Marcus Butts American Idol 3

Best-known: for auditioning in a jumpsuit (his "darker Elvis" bit didn't make the top 32)

Last spotted: calling criticism of then-scandalized Paula Abdul "pretty ridiculous" on WDAF Channel 4 in April 2005

Bryce Gahagan, Parkville Apprentice 5

Bio: A 28-year-old University of Kansas grad with a journalism degree, he co-founded custom-home builder Gahagan-Eddy Building Co.

David Spiker and Lori Willems Manhattan, Kansas

The Amazing Race 9

Bio: self-proclaimed nerds, a Pizza Hut manager and musician, respectively, they were eliminated fifth.

Britt Koth 8th and Ocean

Bio: A 20-year-old, home-schooled preacher's daughter, she's eager to be a model in vice-ridden South Beach.

Tony Gonzalez Celebrity Cooking Showdown

Bio: Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez teamed up with superchef Cat Cora to "cook a game-winning meal that will bowl over the competition," according to the show's Web site. He was eliminated in the first round.


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