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Jake Pavelka, who lasted five weeks last season on Dancing With the Stars, can relate to Bristol Palin. He knows a thing or two about having two left feet.

While Jake's popularity couldn't match Bristol the Pistol, who made to the finals, he says it's great that she lasted this long - and she has a shot tonight.

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“It’s a level playing field. The score is zero, zero, zero,” the former Bachelor and Bachelorette star said. “It’s what makes Dancing With the Stars special."

From one bad dancer to another ...

"It really proves that when America votes, it’s what drives the show. It’s just like American Idol, it’s not decided by the judges. It’s decided by America.”

Well, the judges do play a role, as we discussed in our Dancing With the Stars recap earlier. But his point is essentially correct, and Bristol's proof of it.

When asked who his dream star for DWTS would be? "I think Jennifer Love Hewitt should do Dancing With the Stars. She’s a hottie,” Pavelka said.

No arguments here. As for tonight ... who are you pulling for?

 

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We don't know what's more surprising, that Dancing with the Stars would actually have one of its contestants' fiancees come on the show, or that Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi are actually still together months after The Bachelor ended.

Vienna and Jake haven't had much time to celebrate their engagement, as he joined the Dancing with the Stars cast about 10 minutes after The Bachelor finale.

But at least Tuesday night, Vienna Girardi will get in on the ratings action reunite with her man again, according to Chelsie Hightower, Jake's partner this season.

“We had our second rehearsal today and surprisingly, Vienna isn't nervous at all,” says Hightower. “If it were me, I think I’d be vomiting all night, not sleeping."

"But Vienna is doing really well and she’s so excited.”

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Like all of the other season 10 couples, she and Pavelka will take to the floor together and perform one last dance - theirs is the Viennese Waltz - at the finale.

Girardi and Dmitry Chaplin will join them on the floor, "then Dmitry and I will hand Jake and Vienna over to each other,” Hightower says. Someone kill us now.

“It’s a slow, romantic waltz - a simulation of a pre-wedding dance.”

The future Mr. and Mrs. Jake Pavelka have not made any formal wedding arrangements, but do plan to set up residence in L.A. when DWTS ends next week.

“She’s a great girl,” Chelsea says of Vienna, who was said to be completely devastated by Jake's elimination a few weeks ago. “They are very happy together.”

Will Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi last?

 

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We know it's hard to say goodbye, but Jake Pavelka and his fiancee, Vienna Girardi, may be taking his Dancing with the Stars elimination a little hard.

The future spouses didn't cope so well after The Bachelor star was sent packing last night, a fitting result after he stumbled during his samba Monday.

Before the show even aired, Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi reportedly huddled together, held hands and prayed. Sadly, God did not come through.

When his name was called, he and Girardi looked devastated. Pavelka mouthed to her, "It's OK." But it really wasn't. He soon broke down in tears.

After Pavelka cried through his farewell speech, he eventually made his way over to his fiancee, whom he called "beautiful" in his closing remarks.

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WOMEN OF JAKE PAVELKA: Vienna Girardi was not pleased at his elimination from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday, when he and partner Chelsie Hightower got axed.

The two looked absolutely "miserable, depressed and inconsolable" as they hugged and chatted when the DWTS cameras went off, witnesses say.

Deena Katz, the head producer/director, even walked over to comfort Jake Pavelka. Even that was not enough to comfort the downtrodden pilot.

"Well guys, I did everything I could," he Twittered later that night. "Layed [sic] it all out there on the dance floor. I'm pretty bumbed [sic]... :("

Profound.

Interestingly, Pavelka and his pro partner, Chelsie Hightower, parted ways immediately after cameras stopped rolling, hardly appearing like the best friend Pavelka gushed about on stage. Hmm. Perhaps V was getting a little jealous?

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After a mediocre samba and poor finish in the group swing marathon, you knew Jake Pavelka was running on fumes. Last night, he sputtered out.

Kicked off Dancing with the Stars after a six-week run, he now knows how those aspiring wives who went home each week without a rose felt like.

Oh, wait, he was kicked off The Bachelorette too. Never mind.

"This is, I think, the best season of Dancing With [the] Stars I've seen," Jake Pavelka said of his experience. "I was so honored to be here."

"I enjoyed every second. I want to thank Texas, I want to thank all the Mavericks fans, Canada, all the tweets, Facebook ... thank you for keeping me here for six episodes. I can't even put it into words how much I enjoyed this."

Jake Pavelka in Tears

Where, oh where, will Jake resurface on reality TV next?

To partner Chelsie Hightower, who kinda resembles another certain petite blond Jake loves, he said: "You're one of my best friends. I have loved every second of this."

"I love you. Thank you for being so great to my beautiful fiancée."

Aww. Speaking of said fiancee, don't worry about the elimination, Jake. You had a pretty good run, and at least you have Vienna Girardi to go home to.

On second thought, maybe that is worth crying over. Just kidding ... sort of. We're not shocked Jake was booted last night, just that he's still engaged!

Niecy Nash was in the bottom two with Jake and scraped by along with the other five. Click to enlarge some of Pavelka's top Dancing moments:

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Long hours. Intense pressure. No pants. Jake Pavelka can endure that. Handling the "popularity contest" that is Dancing with the Stars? He's got issues there.

"I think dancing-wise, I've been doing OK," The Bachelor star said. "The thing I wasn't really prepared for was this is a little bit of a popularity contest!"

"I've been focusing 150 percent of my energy on learning dancing and neglecting the 25 million people who don't know they have to vote to keep you on."

Only 150 percent, Jake? Might wanna kick it up to 175, dog.

"Look at the competition," he says, "and [Chad] Ochocinco has 800,000 people on his twitter! I have 16,000. By the way, my twitter is @JakePavelka1."

Jake Pavelka, No Pants

Yeah.

Solid plug, J. He does raise a valid point, though many fans do vote for who they like (hence, Kate Gosselin lasted five weeks). Still, Jake feels he's up against it.

"It seems like everyone else is established in Hollywood, or they've walked on the moon, or run touchdowns for the Bengals. Everybody has a huge personality."

Well, the show is Dancing with the Stars, man. It's not Dancing with Peeps From Other Reality Shows and Celebrity Gossip Tabloids So We Can Boost Ratings.

The future Mr. Vienna Girardi, who was "shocked" he landed in the bottom two at one point, has stayed out of it the past two weeks as the field has narrowed.

Think he can win? Do you want him too? Who's your favorite couple in this popularity contest? Tell us who you're rooting for on Dancing with the Stars below:

 

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Hey, what do you know, it's a story about a quasi-famous reality TV star who was then cast on Dancing With the Stars and is now clashing with their partner.

Jake Pavelka, everybody!

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According to sources, Jake has been a "jerk" who makes Chelsie Hightower cry. Her offense? Pointing out things he's doing wrong in rehearsal. The nerve.

Also a source of strife? Vienna Girardi. Jake's "clingy" fiancee from The Bachelor is always on the set, supposedly, and Chelsie is reportedly getting fed up.

Now that Vienna somehow scored a job as a reporter for Extra, covering DWTS no less, we don't foresee that situation getting any better anytime soon.

Chelsie Hightower and Jake Pavelka leave practice smiling ... for once.

Even co-host Brooke Burke admits the tension between the trio is growing "week to week." Will it only escalate if Jake Pavelka advances deep this season?

We can only hope. The burden of entertaining us with bad dancing and diva behavior has fallen squarely upon Kate Gosselin until now. Gal needs a break!

Who are you rooting for on Dancing with the Stars?

 

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Not our words, or Jon Gosselin's. That's how Kate was described by judge Bruno Tonioli on Dancing with the Stars. Sadly, that was as good as their critiques got.

While her Paso Doble set to "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga wasn't a travesty on par with her previous two efforts, it was scored similarly. And badly. Kate can't cut it.

She can, however, take out her frustrations on a punching bag pretty well. The stoic mom wasn't acting there, but her attempt to play a character on the floor?

"That was odd," Carrie Ann Inaba opined. "It was very hard to watch."

Indeed. Here's Kate's segment on Monday's Dancing with the Stars:

The judges stopped just shy of overtly telling America not to vote for Kate Gosselin again this week, although Buzz Aldrin actually recevied slightly lower scores.

We'll see if she survives tonight. Another performer who set off fireworks before even taking the stage Monday? Jake Pavelka, for feuding with a certain blonde.

No, not airhead fiancee Vienna Girardi. Jake and partner Chelsie Hightower butted heads before doing the quickstep and racking up a not-shabby score of 21.

Follow the jump for a look at The Bachelor and So You Think You Can Dance alum struggling in rehearsal, but ultimately pulling it together fairly nicely ...

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Guess Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi really are getting married.

The Bachelor star and new Dancing with the Stars cast member is not just engaged to his final rose recipient, he's already planning the big day - and wants DWTS partner Chelsie Hightower is going to choreograph their first wedding dance.

After the Dancing With the Stars season opener, a happy Jake said Chelsie is "going to plan the dance." Vienna echoed, "She is! She's choreographing our first dance."

That will be quite the first dance. Chelsie, whose own career began on So You Think You Can Dance three seasons ago, helped Jake to a respectable opening showing.

Imagine what she can do with more advance planning!

Chelsie and Jake on Dancing with the Stars.

No word on an official wedding date being set for Jake and Vienna yet, or to what reality show Jake Pavelka will jump once he is kicked off Dancing With the Stars.

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Despite not being actual celebrities, and only gaining their fame through other reality shows as themselves, Kate Gosselin and Jake Pavelka are among the bigger names on this season of Dancing with the Stars, premiering tonight on ABC.

Kate has at least one fan pulling for her, too.

"Just met Kate Gosselin. Super nice!" The Bachelor star Twittered in typical lame, upbeat fashion. "I'm impressed the negative media hasn't affected her spirit."

Jake Pavelka continued his gushing over her: "Kate's a great person. I was happy to see her having fun with Tony [Dovolani], her dance partner," he Tweeted.

Of his partner Chelsie Hightower, Jake said: "Just finished almost 7hr practice. She kicked my butt, elbowed my eye and put me through the ringer! Felt Great!"

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Which couple will advance farther on Dancing with the Stars?

Good to hear, Jake. Coming down to the wire, he writes: "It's crunch time now... Im getting an orangy colored spray tan. For camera purposes of course. LOL!"

LOL is right.

Pavelka's mom and dad are in Los Angeles to support his dance debut, and they're spending some quality time with his chosen Bachelor fiancee, Vienna Girardi.

"Had dinner at Asia de cuba with Jake's parents. Such amazing food," Girardi Twittered Sunday, adding that she and Jake are officially living together in L.A. "We moved in last night to our apartment. Love the area. Hate the traffic."

Jake, Kate, Erin Andrews, Chad Ochocinco, Buzz Aldrin and the rest of DWTS' Season 10 cast will cut a rug this evening on the hit show's opening night.

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Jake Pavelka burst onto The Hollywood Gossip scene via The Bachelorette. Then starred on The Bachelor, then immediately joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars.

Three reality shows in less than a year. Pretty impressive for a guy who claims to be a commercial pilot. In any case, Jake's pursuit of D-list stardom will not cease!

He shocked 15 million fans when Vienna Girardi won him over. Can Jake now shock the world and win Dancing glory? Here's a brief rundown on the DWTS hopeful ...

Age: 32
Height: 5'10"
Hails from: Dallas, Texas
Alleged real world job: Pilot
Professional partner: Chelsie Hightower
Controversial moves: Letting Ali go, ratting out Wes
Likes: Airheads
Dislikes: Shirts
Pros: Enthusiastic, upbeat guy
Cons: Kind of an uptight stiff
Percentage of more than 30,000 THG poll respondents who would have preferred he pick Tenley Molzahn on The Bachelor season finale: 84
Percentage of more than 25,000 THG poll respondents who think that Jake and his Bachelor finacee, Vienna Girardi, will actually last: 19
Odds of winning: 75-1

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