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Some of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette cast members from seasons past are ready to compete for fame and money on TV - only out in the open this time!

Looking for love on a dating show. Vying for $250,000 on a reality TV competition. It was only a matter of time until someone combined these concepts.

ABC's The Bachelor / The Bachelorette series Bachelor Pad brings together a group of heavyweights to compete in team and individual challenges for money.

Calling them "All-Stars" may be a bit of a stretch, seeing how early some were eliminated by their season's star. Then again, the whole thing is a stretch.

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Memorable faces rejected by Jake Pavelka, Jillian Harris and Ali Fedotowsky just this year will be leading the way, with a handful of peeps from past years too.

Wes, Crazy Dave, Crazy Michelle, Jesse Sulidis (who apparently plays a role this season, according to The Bachelorette spoilers) and sweet Tenley are back.

So many others, too. Remember Kiptyn and Jesse from Jillian's season? They seemed like such good guys. Apparently Reid was not available to join in?

Heating up the house one more time will be ...

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A little over a year after being dumped by Jason Mesnick on the "After the Final Rose" special, Melissa Rycroft is heading back to The Bachelor mansion.

Not to find love this time - she's happily married to Tye Strickland, in fact - but to co-host Bachelor Pad, ABC's new spin-off featuring past contestants.

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We kid not, this is a real show.

Joining Melissa Rycroft for co-MC'ing duties will be a man who needs no introduction, venerable Bachelor and Bachelorette host-pimp Chris Harrison.

“I’m excited.” Rycroft says. “It’s fun. It’s a brand new experience for me. I’ve never been on that side but I’m anxious. I’m excited and ready to start.”

The gorgeous Melissa Rycroft made the finals of Dancing with the Stars and has been a correspondent for Good Morning America since her Bachelor appearance.

The show, which has already started filming, will feature an all-star reunion of “some of the most unforgettable contestants and suitors,” says ABC.

Two words, ABC: Wes. Hayden. Make it happen.

The gang will live together in the mansion as they compete in a series of challenges and dates for a chance at winning $250,000 and perhaps more.

Could another shot at love await any of these hotties? ABC couldn't care less, as long as it has a Bachelor franchise installment for every season now.

Works for us! We heart Melissa! On a related note, check out THG's recap of The Bachelorette for a humorous take on Monday night's debauchery.

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The Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky, whose season premiered last night, says she's no longer feuding with nemesis Vienna Girardi. All together now ... Phew.

Chris Harrison, the show's pimp-in-chief, confirmed the hatchet burying at Dancing With the Stars (which aired right after The Bachelorette season premiere).

The two ladies, who famously clashed on The Bachelor while in competition for Jake Pavelka, even "hugged each other and, said 'Hi,'" back stage at the taping.

"That's one of the ways Ali has grown as a person," Chris said.

What, by not being a completely catty b!tch? Great job, Ali!

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The Bachelorette star Ali, left, and The Bachelor winner Vienna ... yeah.

Back in the day, Ali Fedotowsky would call out Vienna Girardi for, among other things, bragging that she'd "shake her boobs in Jake's face," but not any longer.

"[Ali] regretted some of that," Harrison added. "I get it. Look, in the heat of the moment, on the show, you say some things, you regret certain things, there are things you look back and might not do and that was one of them. She apologized for that."

Fedotowsky is "so happy for Jake," Harrison went on about the new star. "She realizes now that it wasn't meant to be, she wasn't supposed to be with Jake."

Harrison said he thinks Vienna Girardi got a bad rap as the villain on the show, and that anyone writing her off is presumptuous. Can't we all just get along?

Apparently we can/ Jake Pavelka even posted a pic on Facebook of him, his fiancee and Ali. Oh, how times change (click here to be THG's Facebook friend).

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Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney became the first couple from The Bachelor to walk down the aisle February 27. ABC aired a two-hour special about it last night.

In keeping with our tradition, THG endured the two-freaking-hour extravaganza to recap every bit of the action in our exclusive, highly scientific plus/minus index:

Updates on past stars: Trista and Ryan are going strong; Ed Swiderski and Jillian Harris are doing well; A bunch of peeps we don't remember are there too. Plus 5.

DeAnna Pappas, who Jason once proposed to, is dating Stephen Stagliano, ... the twin of Michael Stagliano from Jillian's season. This is just incestuous. Minus 3.

The stirring Chris Harrison commentary begins with the venerable host-pimp calling this "one of the most anticipated weddings of all time." Of all time! Plus 11.

The Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney nuptials took place in the driving rain. Minus 4 for missed Alanis Morissette "Ironic" musical tie-in ... okay, maybe Plus 4.

Not even a monsoon could dampen the spirits of Jason and Molly.

In all seriousness, the event was quite romantic. Jason Castro's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was a nice touch, and the setting made for great wedding photos. Plus 10.

Molly's dress gets an additional Plus 7 too. Look how beautiful she is.

By the end of the ceremony, they are totally soaked, but Jason and Molly don't seem to care one bit. Those Bachelor hot tub scenes prepared them so well. Plus 4.

Minus 9 for Chris' "Jason and Molly weathered the storm" eye-roller. Do they sit around thinking these up, or is the master of ceremonies that good on the fly?

Gavin DeGraw performs "Follow Through." Fitting. Wonder if Jason and Molly had heard of Gavin DeGraw prior to ABC setting this up? Either way, Plus 3. Good song!

It was a fairy tale moment ... engineered by Mike Fleiss.

The Bachelor is not about love. It is all about ratings. That being said, genuine feelings definitely came out of Jason and Molly's season, and the wedding special did a nice job of showcasing them as a couple in addition to the obligatory filler. Plus 11.

The franchise is still 2-for-19 though. 2-for-19! Minus 10.

Jason and Molly now embark on a South African safari honeymoon, which sounds like an absolute blast, provided Chris is cool crashing on the couch. Plus 7.

Odds of Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi taking part in a similar wedding special next season ... or any season? Somewhere around 500:1. Minus 12, Jake.

TOTAL: +24. Congratulations to a happy couple we wish all the best to!

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Radar Online may have topped itself with this one.

Citing an ex-girlfriend with no name, and offering no details of any actual sex, that site says Jake Pavelka cheated on Vienna Girardi with some random ex.

His alleged ex-girlfriend says The Bachelor star "made contact" with her after taping the show. Scandalous! He also said that Vienna meant nothing to him.

Supposedly.

The woman has not been publicly identified, possibly because she does not exist. But whoever it is gave a garbled interview on some Florida radio station.

In the interview, the woman says that Jake was forced to propose to Vienna Girardi. From what we know of The Bachelor, that part might really be true!

For a guy who's supposedly cheating on Vienna and in love with some nameless other woman, Jake sure looked happy yesterday in his sit-down with Ellen DeGeneres.

“When you get down on one knee and propose marriage to someone I take that very seriously,” she says through distorted audio. “The fact that he did that exclusively because he was instructed to do that, it disappoints me so much.”

Instructed. You knowz it. That's how Chris Harrison rolls.

The supposed Jake Pavelka ex reveals that they had made plans together for the future and even had a possible marriage discussion. She feels she was lied to.

“His actions are a complete 180 of that person he claims to be," she says. "I feel like I'm forced to say something for the sole purpose of defending my honor.”

Mmm hmm. This is even more absurd than the story yesterday claiming Vienna is an evil mastermind who manipulated Ali and conned Jake into proposing.

Jake started calling her after he finished taping The Bachelor, she says, and those phone calls led to an in person meeting and "he told her he loved her."

Whether this is true or complete BS, the question remains: Will Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi last, and actually walk down the aisle?

 

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Vienna Girardi won The Bachelor Monday night. Maybe you heard.

This revelation came not only as a shock, but a huge disappointment to a large portion of the ABC series' viewers, many of whom had fallen in love with Tenley Molzahn and/or Ali Fedotowsky and were hoping Jake would feel the same way.

According to Us, it was all part of her EVIL MASTER PLAN!

Vienna Girardi complained on the finale that her fellow contestants - particularly Ali, now the next Bachelorette, hated her. Perhaps they had good reason.

The magazine speculates that Vienna "set a trap" for Ali, and her adversary fell right into it, eventually taking herself out of the running. Diabolical ...

Vienna Tricks Jake

TURNING TRICKS: Jake was apparently punked by Vienna. Sucks for him.

"You don't see the things Vienna said to me. They were very hurtful," Ali said on the post-finale "After The Final Rose" special, and she took it personally.

"Vienna would always thank us for coming to her 'bachelorette' or 'engagement party,' then tell us we were all going home," another contestant reveals.

"Ali would just call her out on it."

Fiercely competitive Vienna ("she always had to one-up people," another castoff says) zeroed in on Ali as her main rival and vowed to TAKE HER OUT.

"Vienna would say to Ali that she was going to shake her boobs in Jake's face," explains another show insider. And oh, how she shook said boobs. Hard.

One of the girls in the house offers this theory for how Vienna was able to compel Jake Pavelka despite what some think are so many negative qualities:

"I think Jake hasn't ever been with a girl like Vienna and is experiencing a 'wild side.' Once she figured that out, maybe she was a little more seductive."

That about sums it up. Will Jake and Vienna last?

 

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Millions tuned in to see Jake Pavelka propose to Vienna Girardi on Monday’s season finale of The Bachelor. Most of those millions were pulling for Tenley Molzahn.

In the hours that followed Jake's decision, fans flocked to the Internet, outraged. But Tenley, a 25-year-old college admissions administrator, isn't bitter herself.

That's just not who Tenley Molzahn is.

“I’m feeling good,” she says. “I have a lot of peace with Jake’s decision.” Molzahn talked with People yesterday about The Bachelor. Excerpts appear below ...

On her final rejection by Jake: "It was a very startling moment for me. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye because that relationship, that friendship was over."

On Vienna Girardi: "I actually didn’t ever get to know Vienna. In the mansion we stayed on different sides of the house. If Jake found something in Vienna that he is so in love with, then I’m happy for them. If they love each other, well, good for them."

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What could've been: Bachelor finalist Tenley Molzahn and Jake Pavelka.

On her fan favorite status: "Some people might be disappointed, but I hope they get over it knowing I’ve been walking around so happy and beaming. The Bachelor experience was just what I needed. To fall in love with Jake is what I needed."

On people's reactions since the finale: "It gets really emotional, actually. People come up to me at the store or Starbucks or where I work on a college campus and just hug me. I’ve had women cry, and tell me my story has resonated with them."

On her dating status: "I have not been dating since I got home."

On having no Bachelor regrets: "I will always appreciate the whole experience with Jake because he helped me feel confident, helped me dream again, helped me find what I need to keep alive when I meet that man I’m supposed to be with."

We hope you do find him soon, girl. We hope you find him soon.

Will Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi last?

 

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The Bachelor finalist Tenley Molzahn couldn't hold back the tears when Jake Pavelka dumped her for Vienna Girardi on Monday night's powerful season finale.

But looking back, she says she's better off, and she's right.

In an interview airing Thursday on The Bonnie Hunt Show, Tenley Molzahn says despite the heartbreak, she is "feeling good and ready to see what's next."

On the finale, Jake Pavelka claimed he was in love with both Molzahn and Vienna. However, he said he proposed to Vienna because he felt more of a spark.

"I think it is actually a better thing that I am here today in this position," Tenley says, even as Jake has Vienna in all sorts of different positions right now.

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DUMPED: Jake Pavelka sends Tenley Molzahn home.

"If he was in love with both of us, really in love with us, if he was saying 'I do love you' to me the same day he told Vienna, 'I love you, will you marry me' ... then I think I am in a good position because I don't want to be someone's second."

On Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show, host Chris Harrison said he doesn't understand why so many viewers are opposed to Pavelka choosing Girardi.

"Who are we to say that they don't deserve each other and aren't happy?" he said. "If this was put up to popular vote, Vienna would not be the girl."

"Jake did what was best for him ... I am proud and appreciative of that. He fought like hell for Vienna. Maybe that shows how in love he is with her."

If nothing else, Jake has made a pimp daddy proud, and that is a wonderful thing. Click here for a photo gallery of true love between Jake and Vienna.

Will Jake and Vienna last?

 

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Last night on The Bachelor, Jake Pavelka chose Vienna Girardi to be his wife. Or at least fiancee for the next 6-8 weeks 'til the "lightning hot" chemistry wears off.

We're just kidding. Mostly. While his pick shocked and appalled many viewers, Jake is clearly on cloud nine. We wish them the best and hope they beat the odds.

As far as this "Maverick" Bachelor is concerned, Vienna's haters can kiss off. While they cried tears of sadness last night, Jake and Vienna only shed tears of joy.

Here's a picture of the magical moment ...

Jake Proposes

Jake asks Vienna Girardi to be the future Mrs. Pavelka.

Click to enlarge lots more photos from the 2010 Bachelor finale, mostly featuring the newly-engaged couple, but also with some shots of sad runner-up Tenley Molzahn.

We hope the sweet fan favorite from Oregon will be able to get past this heartbreak. Surely looking at this gallery of Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi won't help.

Avert your eyes, Tenley and Tenley fans ...

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Will Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi last?

 

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As we've predicted for weeks, the lovely Ali Fedotowsky was announced as the next star of The Bachelorette on last night's "After the Final Rose" reunion special.

The foregone conclusion was announced in the hour of filler following The Bachelor season finale, during which star Jake Pavelka somehow picked Vienna Giradi.

Ali Fedotowsky was a fan favorite on The Bachelor and made Jake's final four, but left of her own accord following a successful hometown date in Massachusetts.

Ostensibly, she left because she feared losing her job at Facebook. In reality, she may have been angling (or being groomed) for The Bachelorette spot all along.

Regardless, she made a passionate, likely contrived plea to return to The Bachelor, but Jake shot her down, saying he'd gotten too close to the remaining girls.

Ali Fedotowsky and Jake Pavelka

Spurned by Jake Pavelka, but also by her own dubious reasons for leaving The Bachelor in the first place, Ali Fedotowsky will get another chance to find love on reality TV.

So there was Jake's one-time front-runner, broken up and out of luck. Until she quit her job (her last day was Friday) for an even better reality TV opportunity.

 "I'm flattered and I really feel great," she told Chris Harrison, who will again serve as host-pimp. "I am so thrilled and honored and grateful. I can't believe it."

"I'm not going to let fear dictate my life anymore," Ali said of her past apprehension this season. Mike Fleiss dictating it? That she's apparently all good with.

What do you think of the decision? Are you a card-carrying member of Team Ali, or would you have preferred Tenley Molzahn or somebody new all together?

Will Ali make a good Bachelorette?

 

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