Love it or hate it, The Proposal on ABC is a thing. In case you're unfamiliar with the concept of the newest reality speed-dating show, 10 potential "suitors" compete in four rounds of a pageant-style competition for the affection of a person whose identity remains hidden until the end. Contestants are whittled down until one is left standing with the hope a "romantic proposal of their choice" will happen. Notice it doesn't say a "marriage proposal," but let's be honest, that's what producer's and viewers are hoping will happen whether they'd admit it or not.

The contestants come from all walks of life from all over the country, and Monday's show featured a guy named Sam Windell, who I found out from a Facebook friend is originally from Evansville!

After a quick Facebook stalking, it seems that Sam now calls Los Angeles home (we're not Facebook friends so I can see everything on his profile) where he works, or worked, in the entertainment industry in some fashion (there are a few public photos of him operating a camera on various sets). However, as one person mentioned on Facebook, he was introduced as being from "a small town in Indiana...Evansville."

So, how did he do? Did he find everlasting love in an hour, you know like normal people (heavy sarcasm implied)? According to the episode recap from Entertainment Weekly, he got close, really close. Sam was one of the final two contestants who actually had the opportunity to see the mystery woman (Ashlee) emerge from her hiding spot and make make a pitch as to why she should choose him. Sam presented a short video featuring his parents talking about how he is quite the catch, and how any woman would be lucky to have him (I'm paraphrasing from EW's recap). When the lights came back up on stage, Sam was on one knee with a ring in his hand.

Unfortunately it wasn't enough as Ashlee decided to go with Sam's competition, Jordan, some ad agency producer dude from Southern California. Boo!

Even though it didn't work out for Sam, it's pretty cool to see Evansville get some love on a national stage!

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