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Jake Pavelka Biography


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Birth Name: Jake Pavelka
Born: 01/27/1978
Birth Place: Denton, Texas, USA


In 2009, Pavelka was submitted by his church group as a "morally" inclined contestant on the fifth season of "The Bachelorette" (ABC, 2003- ). Though he did not win the hand of Jillian Harris, his quiet but romantic demeanor won him numerous fans, as did his late-inning reappearance to warn her about the less-than-honorable intentions of another suitor, Wes Hayden. His popularity earned him the title role for the 14th season of "The Bachelor" (ABC, 2002- ), on which he was wo d by 25 female contestants vying to be his bride. He ultimately selected Vienna Girardi as his ideal mate, with the pair set to be engaged on the finale of the series. But scandal followed soon after the nuptials were announced; statements from the other women suggested that Pavelka was c rced into proposing to Girardi by the producers, while his heart lay with another. Pavelka firmly denied the allegations. Meanwhile, he was announced as one of the celebrity contestants on season 10 of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), where he was partnered with professional dancer, Chelsie Hightower. After performing a homage to Tom Cruise's "Risky Business" (1983) dance, complete in his underwear and oxford, Pavelka was eventually voted off the show. And only weeks later, he and Girardi announced their engagement and relationship was kaput in June 2010.