Hunky pi­lot Jake Pavelka irks some fans with choices on

Cape Breton Post - - TV LISTINGS - BY DERRIK J. LANG

vo­cal that he kept fire-starter Vi­enna Gi­rardi around.

“I don’t have any­thing to apol­o­gize for,” Pavelka de­clared dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view.

Gi­rardi, a 23-year-old mar­ket­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Geneva, Fla., has been the source of much drama this sea­son and is one of three re­main­ing women, all of whom Pavelka has pro­fessed he loves. The other two com­pet­ing are 26-yearold swim­suit model Gia Alle­mand from New York and 25-year-old col­lege ad­mis­sions rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tenley Molzahn from New­berg, Ore.

“I know that Amer­ica doesn’t re­ally un­der­stand,” Pavelka said. “It sounds so jaded and so bad, but who is the au­thor­ity that says the hu­man heart can’t be in love with more than one girl at the same time? That’s what I was taught, that it can only hap­pen with one girl at a time, but that’s not the truth. I was crazy about Ali, Vi­enna, Tenley and Gia.”

View­ers were dis­traught Pavelka did not try harder to per­suade Ali Fe­do­towsky, one of the four con­tenders re­main­ing on last Mon­day’s in­stal­ment, to stay af­ter the Face­book ad­ver­tis­ing ac­count man­ager re­vealed she would lose her job if she didn’t go back to work. Pavelka did not think Fe­do­towsky would ac­tu­ally leave, and do­ing so “broke my heart that night.”

“She re­jected me, un­for­tu­nately, for her job,” he said be­fore re­leas­ing a sigh. “I get it. I re­ally do. It’s such a tough po­si­tion. Man, it just kind of makes my heart hurt. I knew when she left that night that she was a re­ally un­happy girl, and the most im­por­tant thing to me was Ali’s hap­pi­ness. When she left, there was noth­ing I could do.”

De­spite a dis­arm­ing smile and un­flap­pable de­meanour, Pavelka has been one of the most frus­trat­ingly un­pre­dictable bach­e­lors in the show’s 14-sea­son his­tory. Dur­ing the fourth episode, he dis­missed four women, even though he was only slated to elim­i­nate one.

Whether the pi­lot’s on-air dat­ing ex­ploits are gen­uine or not, mil­lions are along for the ride. Rat­ings for The Bach­e­lor haven’t been this high since the fifth sea­son in 2004 when foot­ball player Jesse Palmer was looking for love.

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