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Hometown heartthrob in contention on TV show
'The Bachelorette' down to final three
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A crowd at Giorgio’s watches “The Bachelorette” on Monday during a scene filmed there. The restaurant’s Constantine Tzortzis is a contestant on the television show. - photo by Jim Dean

Each wearing the signature rose of "The Bachelorette" series, the staff of Giorgio’s Restaurant had a large clientele to serve Monday night during a viewing party for the show.

The restaurant’s own Constantine Tzortzis bustled among the largely female crowd, greeting fans, and watching his own face on the TVs in the background.

The Forsyth County resident was one of four male suitors still remaining on the popular ABC reality dating show.

Monday night’s episode, which showed bachelorette Ashley Hebert visiting the men’s hometowns, drew an overflow crowd to the eatery.

In the episode, Hebert visited the Tzortzis’ family home, Giorgio’s and a Lake Lanier park. She called it "the best hometown date."

The crowd erupted in cheers from the front of the restaurant as the image of the very same building appeared on TV.

Due to a contractual agreement with ABC, Tzortzis and his family cannot speak to the press until — and if — he gets eliminated from the show.

His fans, however, said Tzortzis doesn’t shy away from meeting them.

Forsyth County high school students Meganne Ellis and Ashleigh Brosius said they’ve always been fans of the show and were excited to learn that a local man would be on it.

The two, along with several friends, have been visiting Giorgio’s to talk with Tzortzis on Tuesdays, the day after the show’s episodes air.

"At first, we were nervous to say ‘Hi,’" Brosius said. "But somebody told him we were here to see him and he came to talk to us."

Initially a bit star-struck, she was nearly floored on Monday night when she received a rose from Tzortzis as part of her birthday gift.

The teens said the local contestant has been very friendly and seems genuine.

Bonnie Fried, who frequents the restaurant, has known Tzortzis for years. She said his sweet appearance on the show is true.

"I think it’s fabulous to know there’s real people on the show," said Fried, adding that Tzortzis presents a positive representation of "our homegrown people."

Fried said she didn’t know about the viewing party, but rather stopped by to eat with friend Elaine Thompson. The two often visit the eatery.

Thompson said she remembered that the business closed its doors back in April to film the portion of the show featuring the bachelorette making a pizza with Tzortzis.

"They told customers that they were filming a commercial," she said.

Like other customers Monday night, Rose Freitag is a longtime fan of the show and a first-time restaurant patron hoping to get a glimpse of Tzortzis.

"It’s great to see someone from our area of the show," said Freitag, while on her way to ask for a photo with the local contestant.

Janna Maresco said aside from supporting Tzorztis because he’s local, she and her friends love watching him on the show.

"We all feel Constantine’s very down to earth and humble," Maresco said.

At the end of the episode, the bachelorette must have agreed, since she granted Tzortzis a rose, indicating he will continue on the show to compete for her heart.

The next episode will air at 8 p.m. July 25 on ABC.