Since her passing in 2008, Lambton has lived in Dennis and worked in the family business, E. Lambton Landscaping, which he co-owns with his brother Erik. So how did a landscaper from Cape Cod end up on a reality dating show?
Two summers ago, Lambton was working on a landscaping job for a local woman and got to chatting with her. She couldn’t believe he was still single— Lambton is a striking figure, tall and athletic with a head of short, sandy-colored hair above a handsome face. Moreover, he’s smart, funny, and kind-hearted— an ideal bachelor!
The women he was working for took Lambton’s picture, wrote an application, and sent it in to the producers of The Bachelorette. A month later, Lambton began receiving calls from the producers asking him to be on the cast.
He turned them down until he serendipitously ran into the lady who sent in his application, long after his landscaping work for her had finished. She found out that he had been chosen and told him he just had to do it! Lambton said to himself, “OK, that’s got to be a sign or something” and said yes to the offer.
Lambton spent ten weeks filming the show as one of an original group of 25 men who were vying for the affection of the bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky. In each episode, Fedotowsky would give a rose to every guy who had a chance of continuing during a climactic Rose Ceremony; those who didn’t receive one were eliminated and sent home. The show took Lambton on trips from L.A. to N.Y.C., and to exotic locations like Iceland, Turkey, Portugal, Tahiti, and Bora Bora, where he and the other contestants went on scripted “dates” with Ali in the hopes of winning her.
Adjusting to this new life on camera was definitely strange for Lambton. “It’s bizarre,” he says. “I’ve been spending my life without cameras around, and all of a sudden there are cameras on you 24-seven, and big ones too, not little sneaky ones.”
When Lambton went on dates, he had a microphone on, and there was almost always an intrusive boom mike hanging right in between him and Fedotowsky. “It’s definitely a little awkward,” he says, “but after a little while you kinda get used to it . . . I don’t know if it’s good or bad to say that it became normal, but it did.”