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Jake Pavelka Named Next 'Bachelor': Is He the Right Choice?

by Andrew Scott, posted Oct 14th 2009 11:41AM
Jake Pavelka The BachelorCalling all single ladies: Jake Pavelka is ABC's next 'Bachelor.'

The commercial pilot from Dallas, Texas, will headline the show's 14th season (premiering in 2010) after appearing on the 'The Bachelorette' season 5. Pavelka was eliminated during episode 6.

Season 14 begins taping in a few days, according to PEOPLE.

In case you forgot: Pavelka was eliminated during episode 6. He later returned to inform Jillian that Wes had a girlfriend, an accusation Wes confirmed.

Did ABC make the right call in selecting Jake? We say: heck, no -- and here are three reasons to prove it:Jake Pavelka The BachelorCalling all single ladies: Jake Pavelka is ABC's next 'Bachelor.'

The commercial pilot from Dallas, Texas, will headline the show's 14th season (premiering in 2010) after appearing on the 'The Bachelorette' season 5.

Season 14 -- titled 'The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love' (Yes. REALLY.) -- begins taping in a few days.

In case you forgot: Pavelka was eliminated during episode 6. He later returned to inform Jillian that Wes had a girlfriend, an accusation Wes confirmed.

Did ABC make the right call in selecting Jake? We say: heck, no -- and here are three reasons to prove it:

He was the too-obvious choice.
Everyone and their mother knew the next 'Bachelor' was going to be Jake (thank you, gossip stories!), so already the new season feels a little boring and anti-climactic. 14 seasons later, 'The Bachelor' may want to start thinking outside the box (see below).

He's "too perfect."
'Bachelorette' Jillian Harris worried that Jake was too perfect. Can you blame her? We like our Bachelors and Bachelorettes to be quirky, flawed and fun, not perfect. And with the majority of 'Bachelor' couples breaking up these days, maybe it's time to present more of a reality than a fantasy. At the end of the day, nobody's perfect. Not even Jake.

Reid, anyone?

After getting eliminated right before last season's 'Bachelorette' finale, Reid flew to Hawaii, convinced the producers to let him come back and proposed to Jillian -- and she still said no. That should have been reason enough to give Reid another chance on a show that's notorious for providing them (even if the rumors are true and he did turn it down). It's as though Jake cut to the front of the line, and that seems more than a little unfair.

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