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Local EMT Looks for True Love, Good Times on CMT Reality Show

El Cajon’s Matt Crofton is one of ten "city slickers" vying to win the affections of Devin Grissom on Sweet Home Alabama


 In what may be the most backward thinking Bachelorette clone since, um, ever, tonight Country Music Television debuts Sweet Home Alabama. The show stars Devin Grissom, a 20-year-old country gal/University of Alabama student who’s ready — finally! — to settle down with her true love. The twist?  Grissom has to choose between 10 city slickers and as many country boys. The other twist? Snooki’s ex-boyfriend, Jeff Miranda, is one of the suitors.

We caught up with one of the show’s contestants, El Cajon’s Matt Crofton (a city slicker, if you were wondering), while he waited for jury duty.

Tell us a little about yourself.
“I’m 21 years old. I’m an EMT; I’ve been doing that since January. I’m an avid surfer, I do that at least three times a week. I’m trying to be a paramedic... I’m originally from Vacaville.”

You filmed in Fairhope, Alabama, population 16,000. What was that like?
“Honestly, it was really refreshing…  I’m obsessed with country music. I’m like a country boy at heart, man.”

What was it like living in a house with 19 other guys?
“It was good. There’s a lot of drama that goes down. It’s twenty guys competing for one hot girl. It’s a lot of testosterone, dude.”

What can we expect?
"Entertainment. Pure entertainment. The whole concept I really appreciate, I really liked it.”

What’s Devin like?
“I can’t really talk about that stuff. I can say she’s looking for true love. I think she’s really pretty and stuff like that. She’s a southern girl. She’s a good girl, man. You don’t meet Southern girls in San Diego, dude. I wish! The girls in San Diego are just … their head’s not into it like that. They’re into like money and stuff like that … I’ll just say like her personality is solid. She knows what she wants.”

Was it uncomfortable competing?
“I don’t get uncomfortable. I’m not that kind of person.”

Would you say there was a division between  between the Southern guys and the city boys?
“The whole thing is country boys goin’ for Devin’s heart. Friendships were made… I’m not a drama-ful person. I still think that everybody on the show is a rad person.”

What did you go into the show looking for?
 “I’m 21 years old. Am I looking for true love? I think everybody’s really looking for true love … Am I young? Yeah. Is it a little far-fetched for me to find it this young? Yeah. If the dice come up in my favor, I’m set. [So,] true love and, you know, to have a good experience.”

Sweet Home Alabama premieres tonight, July 14, at 9 p.m. on Country Music Television.

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