Pilot Jake Pavelka is the New ‘Bachelor’

Dallas pilot Jake Pavelka will be looking for love as the star of the next season of The Bachelor. Pavelka attempted to woo Jillian Harris on the last season of The Bachelorette, but was booted off the show despite his good looks and seemingly nice guy personality.


“Ever since Jake, 31, shared a magical one-on-one date with Bachelorette Jillian Harris to see Martina McBride, millions of women have had their ‘Top Gun’ fantasies about him,” ABC said in a press statement. “A fan favorite for his reputation as an honest guy with an open heart — not to mention his good looks — viewers were stunned when Jillian rejected Jake right before the hometown dates on last season’s The Bachelorette.”

The news Jake Pavelka would become the next Bachelor star was announced during Tuesday night’s Dancing With the Stars results show. The new season, subtitled “On the Wings of Love” begins airing in January.

“I’ve dated some really amazing girls, but I’ve never been successful at finding that one girl,” Pavelka told People. “I saw how the whole thing comes together, the process with Jillian. I saw how the process works and I believe in it. That’s a unique way to meet somebody.”

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