Issaquah memorable moments from 2012 entertain, educate

December 25, 2012

The cast of the national tour of the jukebox musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ performs a song in the Tony Award-winning show. File

Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.

Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.

The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.

Reality TV plugs in local contestants

Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.

Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.

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Lindzi Cox, Liberty High School graduate, is still in the hunt for ‘The Bachelor’

February 28, 2012

“The Bachelor” Ben Flajnik visited John and Margy Cox, parents of Lindzi Cox, at their home in Morriston, Fla., months ago, possibly right around Lindzi’s 27th birthday in late October. But the episode aired Feb. 20.

Previews of that episode showed Lindzi, of Issaquah, and Ben picnicking beneath a shady tree beside a horse pasture and driving a competition wagon with Ben on the back seat.

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TV’s ‘The Bachelor’ meets local contestant’s parents

February 20, 2012

Liberty High School alumna Lindzi Cox is vying for final rose

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 20, 2012

The Ocala area goes primetime Monday when “The Bachelor” Ben Flajnik visits the parents here of one of the four remaining women in the hunt for his heart.

Lindzi Cox

Actually, his visit with John and Margy Cox, parents of Lindzi Cox, at their home in Morriston, Fla., occurred months ago, possibly right around Lindzi’s 27th birthday in late October. But the episode is being aired at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.

Previews of Monday’s episode show Lindzi and Ben picnicking beneath a shady tree beside a horse pasture and driving a competition wagon with Ben on the back seat.

ABC’s media website offered advance photos of Ben’s dates this week with the other three women, but there were none available of the Ocala, Fla., trip — because of “production scheduling.”

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Liberty High grad continues to do well on ‘The Bachelor’

January 17, 2012

Lindzi Cox

According to several fan websites, as well as the official ABC site for “The Bachelor,” local contestant Lindzi Cox, 27, continues to do well on the reality TV show.

A 2003 graduate of Liberty High School, Cox was one of 25 bachelorettes attempting to win the heart of businessman Ben Flajnik.

While several women have been eliminated in the first few episodes of the show, Cox has not only hung in there but, in the first episode won a “first impression rose” when she arrived on horseback for her initial meeting with Flajnik.

Cox is a longtime equestrian. During her days at Liberty, Cox spelled her first name more conventionally, using “Lindsey,” according to Issaquah School District records.

For those interested, there are several sites purporting to know the outcome of the latest “The Bachelor” competition. Most are relying on a site, www.realitysteve.com. The site recently reported some of its spoiler posts are the subject of a lawsuit, presumably filed by ABC or the makers of “The Bachelor.”

Liberty High School grad rides into reality TV on ‘The Bachelor’

December 27, 2011

Lindzi Cox

According to an August 2000 article in The Issaquah Press, the family motto of 2003 Liberty High School grad Lindzi Cox is as follows: “We have our good days and our bad days. We just hope all our good days are on the weekend.”

Hopefully for Cox, at least some of the filming of the upcoming season of the ABC show “The Bachelor” took place on the weekend.

Cox, 27, is set to appear on the ABC reality series that starts its next season Jan. 2.

“The Bachelor” is famous for its “rose ceremonies,” where, after going on televised dates, the eligible bachelor of the title hands roses to the women he wants to stay on the show.

For this season, having formerly appeared on “The Bachelorette,” businessman Ben Flajnik will have his choice of 25 bachelorettes, including Cox.

According to ABC, Cox and other show participants, as well as their friends and families, are not allowed to talk with the media prior to the participant either being eliminated or winning the show. Cox could not be reached for any comment.

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