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Jake Pavelka named new 'Bachelor'

October 14, 2009 |  9:21 am

Pavelka Jillian Harris' cast-off Jake Pavelka -- you may remember him as the guy who tried to throw Wes under the bus -- has been picked to be the next rose-giver on "The Bachelor."

The news was announced during Tuesday's "Dancing With the Stars" results show. Bonus: Tom Bergeron revealed that this season "The Bachelor" would be subtitled: "On the Wings of Love." Because Pavelka is a pilot.

But really, why Jake? Here's how the ABC press release put it:

"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. 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."

But women were drawn to him even more when Jake returned of his own accord in the next episode to protect Jillian from men who were not there for the right reasons. Jake -- who already knew Jillian would not take him back -- freely shared and showed his emotions, and that's when the requests for Jake to be the next Bachelor started to pour in.

If you say so! Season 14 premieres in January.

Thoughts? Can Jake carry this show? Can he be better or, rather, be more dramatic than this year's single-dad-turned-cad Jason Mesnick?

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Jake Pavelka stars in the new season of "The Bachelor." Credit: ABC