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'Bachelor Pad': Tenley says Ali and Roberto are the real deal

August 25, 2010 |  9:00 am

Everyone who's tuned into "Bachelor Pad" this summer -- and don't lie, we know you're out there -- knows that Tenley Molzahn is one of show's most, er, colorful characters.

Molzahn, best known as the runner-up on Jake Pavelka's season of "The Bachelor," has already made it clear she's a force to be reckoned with on the new "Survivor"-meets-"Bachelor" reality competition show. She's shed some of her old "Disney princess" behavior, aggressively pursuing costar Kiptyn Locke. She started a rumor when she said she'd witnessed one woman and man kissing after dark, which effectively sent the lady in question packing. She even vomited into her pie during a pie-eating competition and then, gulp, continued to eat her pie.

But Molzahn was initially hesitant to sign up for "Bachelor Pad," she told us Monday night at the Hollywood premiere of "Going the Distance." (Yeah, we don't know why she was there, either.)

"My experience with 'The Bachelor' was so great, there was hesitation in that as well just because it was so good, I didn’t know if I wanted to mess up that experience and those memories," she said. "But at the same time, there’s $250,000 at stake. I had such a blast. I felt connected and like a part of the family and 'The Bachelor' franchise, if you will."

Some things never change, though. Molzahn refused to say anything negative about Pavelka and his ex-fiancee Vienna Girardi, who had a very public and nasty breakup earlier this year after only having been engaged for a few months.

"I want to be as kind as possible, because I really do believe that Jake and Vienna are probably wonderful folks," she said. "...unfortunately, their public relationship was very much on the hit list since the get-go and not enough people believing in them. So I hope that people can believe in others, but at the same time I think that if there’s going to be any other relationships that do come out of the 'Bachelor' franchise, I think that it will take a lot of the couple really focusing on one another."

One couple following that advice? Recent "Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky and her new fiance, Roberto Martinez, whom Molzahn said she saw just last week at a charity event.

"They are so in love. I mean, I get goosebumps, it’s really, really sweet," she smiled. "I believe it’s gonna work out, but I also like to give them a little bit of grace, realizing that there is that pressure on them, that everybody’s watching for it to be another positive relationship like Trista and Ryan [Sutter] and work out and everybody be happy."

-- Amy Kaufman


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