We spoke to Devin about her experience on the show, finding romance in front of the cameras, and her plans for the future.
How did you get involved with the show?
"It's so crazy, everyone is really surprised when I tell them! I'd never heard of Sweet Home Alabama or anything to do with it until the casting director contacted me on Facebook. They said they'd been looking for people in Alabama for quite some time but hadn't found the right girl. I thought it was kind of a scam at first, honestly! It's something you obviously don't hear every day or the type of question you get asked on Facebook. I was a little cautious going into it but after talking to them I realised it was the real deal and something I was very interested in. It's all turned out really well!"
Did you expect to find love when you began filming or were you skeptical?
"I was skeptical at first. I went into it hoping it would work but from other shows I've watched in the past, I think maybe three out of the 20 different attempts they've had [at finding love] have actually worked. But I went in with high hopes and an open mind and I think it turned out really well. Things are going really good with me and the guy right now. It's going to be really different once we can go out in public and see how our relationship turns out when we are in real life!"
How will you avoid falling into the trap of reality couples who break up?
"I think a lot of the time with the people on those shows it's the publicity and that sort of thing that splits them apart. I think that I and the guy I chose have good heads on our shoulders and know how to handle things well. We don't really want to fall into that publicity-type field. We just want to be able to spend our time together in a normal way."
So we won't be seeing you on TV again?
"No! Definitely not!"
Was this show more about finding someone to date rather than finding a husband?
"Yes. There is no proposal at the end. It was more trying to find love in the South and finding Mr Right. I don't think a proposal is something you need to rush into at all. We'll see how our relationship grows when we can be normal and things like that, but we're not engaged at the moment."
What qualities were you looking for in a boyfriend when you began filming?
"I went in with no specific check list or anything, just a completely open mind because I wanted to see what guys were there and if I could even connect or have feelings with any of them. Definitely one of the most important things for me was feeling I could completely be myself with them, which is hard to do when there are cameras around. The final guys definitely made me feel the most comfortable. We kind of started with more of a friendship before anything else developed, and I think it's important to develop a comfort and a trust. That's the foundation for any relationship."
Will you stay friends with the guys you didn't choose?
"Oh, definitely! I'm already pretty much best friends with a lot of the guys. We've all stayed connected and super close. When the episodes air we are texting and tweeting back and forth making fun of each other if there is a corny line said or they do something I didn't know had happened, so we joke around with each other. Not only did I find a great guy and a relationship that I think could go very far, I made a lot of friendships as well."
How does the guy you chose feel about watching you on dates with other guys?
"He has actually done really well with it. I don't know how I would feel if I was on his side! I'm sure it bothers him a little bit when he sees me kissing another one of the guys or that sort of thing but he's been amazing about it. I couldn't have asked for a better response from him; he's been very supportive."
We saw your dad offering his advice on the men earlier this season. How important was it to hear his thoughts and did they influence your final choices?
"My family is so important to me - my dad and my mum, who was on last week's episode so I got a little bit of her input as well. I know my dad has my best interests at heart. He has always been super protective of me, as you can probably tell, but he likes to have a good time. When he first meets a guy he wants them to know he means business and I'm the most important thing in the world to him so he wants them to treat me right. I definitely appreciate that from him and his influence means a lot to me. Obviously it's my decision but his opinion definitely matters."
Is he happy with your choice?
"Yes, he is very happy. Obviously he didn't get to spend much time with each of the guys so he was going off first impressions but the more he's gone back and watched the show and gotten to learn more about the guys than he did at first, he's really supportive."
Your dad did a little Google research on some of your men. Have you ever Googled a potential date?!
"While we were filming I was completely cut off from the rest of the world so I had no computer, no phone, no anything, so I couldn't do any of that stuff here - I guess it's good my dad came in and did that for me! I've never Googled a date and hopefully I won't have to go on many more first dates because I think I might be taken for quite some time now."
Are you looking forward to your first date in public with the guy you chose?
"Yes! I am so, so, so excited!. My friends have pretty much been on me from the very beginning trying to get me to crack. I lasted this long so I can last until the finale! Me and the guy already have a couple of dates lined up for when all this is over."
How much have you been able to see each other since filming ended?
"Filming ended at the beginning of July so it really hasn't been too bad. We have seen each other a couple of times very secretively, we've been able to sneak away a little bit, so it will be nice to do it more often."
What is next for you?
"I'm finishing up school and then hopefully I will get a job in some sort of sports field, preferably marketing or public relations. I'll see where that takes me. I'm pretty much taking things day by day."
Sweet Home Alabama will be returning for a second season. What advice would you give whoever follows in your footsteps?
"I'm so excited the show is going to a second season and someone gets the same opportunity I got. I guess the biggest thing I'd say is to go with your gut. It really is hard at some points when you don't know who to choose or what to do. You have to trust yourself, your feelings and your heart, and just completely be yourself. It's so easy to want to be a people pleaser and say the right things or certain things, but you have to be yourself if you want the right outcome."
Sweet Home Alabama concludes Thursday, September 1 at 9/8c on CMT
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