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The 14th season of The Bachelor begins January 4, and when it does, people may find Jake Pavelka to be the most desirable star in the show's history.

We say this because:

  1. People say that every season
  2. Not only does Jake possess dashing good looks, but if you watched The Bachelorette, you know there's no nicer, sweeter, more genuine fella.

Well, minus the part where he ratted out Wes Hayden - ostensibly to protect Jillian Harris, but likely to extend his tenure another week. But no matter.

"He's truly the Southern gentleman, but not in an annoying way," The Bachelor host-pimp Chris Harrison says. "Women see him as husband material."

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Jake Pavelka: The hottest Bachelor in history?

Of the 31-year-old commercial airline pilot, Harrison says: "He's not a 'let's get wasted and get in the hot tub' kind of guy. He's very trustworthy."

With typical modesty, Jake Pavelka is quick to dismiss the adulation.

"It's really sweet of everybody - who wouldn't love to hear that?" said Jake, who believes in the process of finding love on the ABC reality show.

"I've got a big smile on my face right now. But I don't think I'm the hottest Bachelor by any means. They've had a lot of great guys in the past."

What do you think? Will Jake make a good Bachelor?

 

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In an emotional season finale, The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris ended up with Ed Swiderski, ousting Kiptyn Locke and leaving Reid Rosenthal devastated.

After Kiptyn was rejected, it appeared as if Reid might sweep Jillian off her feet with his dramatic return to the show. But ultimately, Jillian's feelings for Ed, the Chicago native who left and returned himself this season, were just too strong.

The episode began on the big island of Hawaii and a date with her parents, Ed Swiderski and his chest hair. He admits to her folks that he used to be married to his girlfriend in Chicago job, but now is here because he loves Jillian.

Glenn Harris gave Ed Swiderski his blessing to propose to Jillian.

Then it is time for Jillian's date with Kiptyn Locke. They are reunited at last. They kiss. A lot. They kiss again. They say a few words. And so on, et cetera.

Asked if he's in love with Jillian Harris, Kiptyn says he's "getting there." Moments later, he admits (to the camera) that he is in love with her. More kissing.

After meeting both guys, her parents and hot cousin praise ... both. Jill is still torn. Fortunately, she goes on second dates with both of the perfect fellas.

  • Jillian Waits
  • The Limo Ride

Jillian Harris' decision on love did not come easy. Wes would understand.

Ed's goes really well, with no sign of performance anxiety. He confesses that he wants to be with Jillian ... forever. Hard to top that, although Kiptyn Locke tries, saying he's ready to commit and wants Jillian to - OMG - move to San Diego.

In a shameless plug for Neil Lane, the guys both pick out rings. The dudes are hella nervous. Jillian has made her decision and decides she is going to let go of ...

... Kiptyn. Even after he was gonna propose and stuff. Heartbreaking.

Sad as she is, Jillian can now focus all her attention on ... wait, is that a mysterious taxi pulling up! Yes! With Reid Rosenthal, who arrives, shirt untucked!

In tears, Reid says he had to pull "a million" strings to get back on the show (yeah, right), admits his mistakes, and professes his undying love to Jillian. Swoon.

He drops to one knee and pops the question! It's the most romantic thing ever. But ... crickets. Jillian: "I need to think aboot this." She leaves. Reid waits.

Fortunately, Chris Harrison is there to coach her. He tells her to follow her heart. Jillian: "How do I make a decision like this?" Chris: "Because you know." Pimp.

Jillian cuts Reid loose for the second time. That's gotta be rough.

Even a valiant effort by Reid Rosenthal couldn't stave off Ed Swiderski.

Finally, it's Ed's turn to walk across the pool and into Jillian's arms. He professes his love to Jillian once again, gets down to one knee and asks her to marry him.

She accepts! They embrace! Tears flow. He gives her a piggyback ride. Cue obligatory cheesy montage of Ed-Jillian highlights from weeks past as the credits roll!

Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski last?

 

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This fourth episode of the current season of The Bachelorette marked a turning point in Jillian Harris' journey. From David getting nixed, to Kiptyn emerging as a contender and nasty rumors circulating, things started to get a bit intense.

The venerable host and pimp of The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison, was kind enough as always to divulge, in his weekly blog with EW, some of what went on behind the scenes of the ABC hit. Here are some of his thoughts and comments ...

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In my mind, this season really starts now. As you could probably tell, the goofy fun and games are over and things have now taken a very serious turn.

From here on out this season of The Bachelorette is a fantastic roller coaster ride that I really can't compare with any other season we've had.

This is the first season ever where three weeks in we've left our main house and never returned. We do have one more rose ceremony in Los Angeles later on but not at this house. Personally, I loved the travel and felt like it really fit for this season.

Jillian Harris clearly loved being back home in Vancouver. It gave her a little more confidence and an extra spring in her step being on her home turf.

Jillian definitely had a thing for Kiptyn since the moment he stepped out of the limo. She told me how gorgeous she thought he was on night one.

Their one-on-one date in Vancouver couldn't have gone better in her eyes.

Chris Harrison and Jillian Harris

I'm going to go head and try to answer next week's question now. No, that wasn't Jillian's actual loft. She does live just down the street and they are very similar, but for privacy purposes we had to use a different loft.

Jillian wanted you to know she really did make her homemade pasta sauce and salad dressing. She did it all in 45 minutes and she claims it was really good.

You could tell she loved this date and was as giddy as a school girl. Did you notice the little happy dance she did right after she closed the door? Classic Jilli.

Then came the "Olympic" group date with 50 guys. The truth is, every four years I find myself entranced by this damn sport during the Olympics.

Yeah, I said it. I like frozen shuffleboard. It's hypnotic.

Let me just say next that I sympathize with Jake.

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This week's episode of The Bachelorette, the third of the current season, featured some atrocious acting, more of Wes' lame singing, a one-on-one date with fan favorite Ed, Tanner P.'s fetish and David's rapidly escalating rage.

Bachelorette host-pimp Chris Harrison certainly had ample material for his weekly blog with EW, and was kind enough to share some funny thoughts and anecdotes with us. Here are some behind-the-scenes excerpts ...

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We have a lot to deal with this week... Dave's rage, Tanner's fetish, etc,

Many of you asked to see more Ed. If you liked Ed before, I'm guessing you love him even more now. Is it just me, or was that the slowest zip cord ride ever?

Jillian told me she wanted to go faster but they wouldn't let them.

Now on to the group date, or as I like to call it, the Western Porn.

Tanner P., I'm sorry man, that outfit was just wrong. Brad's kiss... was it "ultra bad ass" or ultra awkward? The Brokeback Mountain scene... let's just move on.

Jillian Harris was a little freaked out by all the kissing scenes but dealt with it. Just know she wasn't happy about all that. David's rage begins to build, level 1!

Jillian and Juan

Juan and Jillian act out a scene in a faux Western. David's rage level climbs.

Sasha got the other individual date. This was a dream date for Jillian.

It seemed like things were going well but Jillian just wasn't feeling it and with so many guys left, if she could eliminate one then, it made life that much easier.

Jillian told me she was really concerned about Sasha's lack of relationship experience. He's never been in love and that's something she wants her partner to have gone through. My question: Did we really send him home on a city bus?

Let's talk about Wes and his golden guitar of love.

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Monday night's episode of The Bachelorette featured a surprise vote, a date that turned into a race, a foot fetish, and even some full frontal nudity.

Naturally, venerable Bachelorette host-pimp Chris Harrison had plenty of material for his weekly blog this time around. Here are some excerpts ...

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It's always fun to move the guys into the outhouse, or "bunkhouse" as these guys end up calling it. This season moving 20 guys into that space was pretty funny. It was so packed in there they were sleeping in single bunks right next to each other.

The group race for Jillian was fun. Pretty funny leaving Michael up on the balcony, as he was acting all cocky. Wes ended up winning the competition and dinner. More importantly, this is also where the guys begin to question his motives.

One of the coolest dates this year (especially for Jillian, a huge fan) was the concert with Martina McBride. Turns out, Martina is a big fan of the show and really wanted to be a part of it. She was awesome on stage and awesome to deal with.

One surprise for Jillian and the guys during the party was the vote. Tensions were already running a little high, and I don't think the ballot box helped.

The Great Chris Harrison

I thought Brad would get the most votes, but he didn't get any. Juan really started to rub some of the guys the wrong way but Jillian decided to save him. One thing I didn't mention is that I got one vote to be sent home - that was pretty funny.

Mike ran into the ocean in a bikini. He bought those off of some random guy on the beach for $10. Jillian thought that was very funny, and he ended up getting a rose. Running in a bikini, funny... Brian going full nude at the party, not so much.

Many commented on Tanner P. and his foot fetish. I talked to Jillian today, and she told me she found it unique and kind of funny, not creepy. They laughed and had fun with it, unlike, say, Brian going full frontal at the party.

Jillian Harris put it best in the deliberation room - she likes to have fun and wants to see the guys be themselves, but there's a line of decency and it was crossed.

There's fun and cute, and there's a lack of respect - and for Brian, it was the latter. Jillian felt uncomfortable, and in the end that helped her send him home.

On a personal note, that's just not something I ever need to see again.  Brian was right - the skinny dip did volumes separating him from the rest of the guys.

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Monday night's season premiere of The Bachelorette featured a lot of hot new guys and a familiar leading lady who stepped into the starring role with flying colors.

Jillian Harris' quest for love is going to be a fun ride.

Here's what Jillian herself had to say about meeting not just 25, but 30 men she must choose from, as excerpted from her blog on People.com ...

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"Being The Bachelorette has been such an incredible experience for me, and I am really looking forward to sharing some of the exciting little tidbits that don’t make it into the show each week right here in this blog.

First things first! I searched long and hard for the perfect gown. The one we settled on was vintage, and had been worn on the red carpet.

I felt incredible in it, but it did need a lot of work to help it fit me like it did.

The only sad part/ The driveway outside is sprayed down before shooting to give it a nice glimmer, so the bottom of my gown got wet while I was waiting for the men!

Speaking of waiting for the limos, that was the very first moment that I felt nervous. I had a strange sense of calm all day, right up until that first limo pulled up.

Bachelorette Dance-Off!

The break-dance-off with Michael and Greg was one of the most fun moments of the night for me. I know I am not the greatest dancer, so I loved that the guys were able to encourage me and poke some fun at the same time.

I was completely overwhelmed by the first 25 guys. I had such a hard time remembering names that I called Jesse Josh ... twice! But then to have 5 more super-hot guys enter the room now that was almost more than I could handle!

I was the most nervous at the rose ceremony, when I had to eliminate 10 great guys. It was the first indication I had that I wasn’t going to be cool as a cucumber all season. It was incredible, difficult and emotional all at the same time."

Follow the jump for some more thoughts, this time from Chris Harrison, venerable Bachelor and Bachelorette host-pimp for 18 seasons, on Monday's show ...

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Talk about a tough act to follow.

Single father Jason Mesnick's starring turn on The Bachelor was already the reality show's best-rated in years before he chose Melissa Rycroft on the finale, then dumped her for runner-up Molly Malaney on the "After the Final Rose" special.

After the dust settled, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney resumed their normal lives and seem happy getting to know each other in their relationship, while Melissa Rycroft has become a sensation on a second ABC show, Dancing with the Stars.

The Bachelor is going to need a heck of an encore.

Jason and Melissa: The Bachelor

Seriously, how do you top that if you're ABC? Who should even star? No idea who the 14th star of The Bachelor will be when the show returns next season, but we put together a short list of folks we'd love to see follow in Jason's footsteps:

Barron Hilton. Rich and ready to get his $h!t started.

Adam Lambert. Forget handing out roses; the American Idol favorite will toss them from a stage as he serenades the ladies lucky enough to remain by his talented side.

Brody Jenner. Okay, so he's already seeing Jayde Nicole nude every night. Not a lot he can do to top that. But things happen, and if it were to go south between The Hills star and the Playmate of the Year, what better way to rebound?

Alex Rodriguez. Think of how many Bachelor records the Yankees star could shatter - manliest-looking babes ever to make the final two, most time preening before dates, trips to second base in hot tub, home runs in the fantasy suite, etc.

Chris Harrison. The Bachelor host-pimp is a great master of ceremonies, but he really needs to get in on some of the action, don't you think? Imagine this "After the Final Rose" stunner: he's been married for 15 years ... and is staying with his wife!

Which of these stars should be the next Bachelor? Vote in our poll below, and leave a comment with your own suggestion (serious or otherwise) ...

 

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"You've got to be joking!"

This is how The Bachelor host-pimp Chris Harrison says he reacted when Jason Mesnick told him that he changed his mind and wanted to end things with the winner, Melissa Rycroft, and reconcile with runner-up Molly Malaney.

The shocking "After the Final Rose" special, in which Jason dumped Melissa for Molly, sparked controversy, outrage, big ratings and unanswered questions.

Did the producers know? Did they orchestrate the whole thing?

Both Harrison and The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss spoke out about it in the aftermath, and the short version is that Jason legitimately did change his mind (for reasons still unknown), but the public exchange was a total ratings stunt.

Jason Mesnick Decides ...

A contemplative Jason Mesnick ponders ruining Melissa Rycroft's life.

Here are some quotes from The Bachelor powers that be ...

They were just as shocked as we were: "When we left New Zealand, we were high-fiving, thinking this is great, 'People are going to love this guy and love the story,'" Chris Harrison recalls. "I talked to Jason when we got back, and things were going great. And then the next thing I hear, the producers are saying, 'He wants another shot with Molly.' And I just said, 'You've got to be kidding me!' We were all blown away."

Not their idea: "People think we wanted to pull this stunt, but we didn't!" Harrison says. "This isn't good for us. I mean, the ratings were insane and all that, but we would have much rather had him end up with Melissa and have them get married. In the long run, that's a better story for us and for the fans."

Seriously, not their idea: “It was [Jason's] choice in New Zealand who he proposed to,” says Fleiss. “But after the show wrapped, he was not in love with Melissa anymore and instead he was in love with Molly and needed to make a change.”

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In his weekly blog for EW, host Chris Harrison defended his show and vaguely denied some of the bombshell Bachelor spoilers that have rattled the show's fans.

The charge? That ABC conspired with Bachelor star Jason Mesnick to d!ck over Melissa Rycroft, with him proposing to her on the season finale only to dump her later for runner-up Molly Malaney, creating "shocking" aftermath footage.

The supposed evidence? A second "After the Final Rose" special scheduled to air Tuesday - after Monday's two-hour finale and first "After the Final Rose" special - and some classic misdirection possibly planned by ABC all season long.

Basically, Harrison denies it was all a set-up, but is purposely vague as far as whether the purported season-ending scenario involving Melissa Rycroft, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, as alleged by a certain reality TV blogger, are accurate.

Here are excerpts of Chris' blog (written Saturday) ...

Chris Harrison, Jason Mesnick

"As much as I'm sorry that some of you have somehow found a reason to doubt my integrity and honesty, there's not a whole hell of a lot I can do about that.

If something you may have heard or seen from somebody you don't know has suddenly changed your opinion of me then is there really anything I could say or do that could change your mind anyway? I learned a long time ago (15 years of marriage) to pick my battles and this, my friends, is one I don't care to fight.

The Bachelor producers ... are not responsible for, nor have we ever scripted, the ending of this show. Let me re-type this slowly so all of you can read this:

We do not, and have not, decided the ending of any of our seasons.

Let's be honest, if we did that, don't you think we would do a much better job and have a much higher success rate?

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The Hollywood Gossip's recap of The Bachelor is a rundown of our favorite (and least favorite) moments, with points awarded or deducted as we see fit.

Last night, the three women accompanied Jason Mesnick to New Zealand - where he made a surprise choice in which one he sent home. Let's get to it ...

Jason Mesnick, DeAnna Pappas Photo

Plus 10 for New Zealand. Jealous.

Jason took Jillian to the edge of a cliff and said: "It was just the two of us. There was no one else around for miles and miles..." Minus 5 for ABC's boom mic guy getting in the way of Jason completing that thought.

This week's special feature: Plus 1 for every boring euphemism for sex the writers can come up with. So far: Spend the night together. Connect physically. Handle all this fire. See the passion. Time alone. This week's total: Plus 5!

Sweet mother of ... Jason actually pulled the Titanic card and proceeded to spread his arms in an I'm-the-king-of-the-world sort of way. Minus Infinity.

Jason on the suite card: It was "from Chris to give to me to give to her..." Minus 5. Not as romantic to acknowledge the pimp-like role Chris Harrison plays in all this. But Plus 12 for the pimp-like role Chris Harrison plays in all this.

Despite giving off the impression that she's forcing it and isn't quite sure why she's there, Molly Malaney stuns Jillian for the second rose and earns a place in the finals! Could it be that less enthusiasm and insanity is more? Plus 11.

Melissa Rycroft just wants her parents to see how happy Jason makes her? Their dates are being FILMED! Minus 3, because that makes no sense, and Minus 6 more for the obvious overplaying of the parental absence for two weeks now.

The picture frames of the girls Jason gazes upon contain the same promotional stock pics we use on this site! You can't get any other candid photos, ABC? Minus 4.

Plus 5 for Melissa's video, because it is by far the most sincere and least awkward. On a related note, Jillian refers to Jason as "babe" in hers, while Molly goes with "J" and Melissa the ever-annoying "you." Minus 1 for Jillian and Melissa.

"Dude, when you're 90, you want to be with your best friend." - Jillian Harris. We know you're all laid back and cool and Canadian, Jill, but never start a sentence with "dude" and expect to be taken seriously. Minus 8.

Minus 7 for Jillian for making up that dream about Ty after getting eliminated. Just move on, girl. Sorry, that was mean. Bad us. Minus 5 for our staff.

Finally, Plus 30 for the melodramatic setup to the "shocking" finale and the "intimate" After the Final Rose special to follow. What happened is so emotional ... that we've decided to keep it as intimate as possible. What does that even mean?

Oh, and Plus 16 for that great deleted scene with Jason and Molly in the tub, with their microphones malfunctioning. We imagine 98 percent of the show is like this.

TOTAL: -Infinity, +47! A quick list of who's in and out on The Bachelor...

Roses received at ceremony: Molly, Melissa.

Booted By Jason Mesnick: Jillian.

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