--and its darn roses--just won't leave Jake Pavelka alone. Concerned that the controversial decision might cost him votes next week on Dancing with the Stars
, he insists to TV Guide
that he did what felt right for him. Tenley, he added, was "absolutely, positively" not the girl for the "60-years-down-the-road kind of relationship" he was looking for.Don't forget to catch: Is 'Bachelor' Star Jake Pavelka Faking It? and 'Dancing with the Stars' Roundup: Who is Nicole Scherzinger Scared Of?
"I think both of them are equally as important," says the 31-year-old commercial pilot, whose Viennese waltz in the kick-off
scored 20 from the judges, good enough for the fifth spot. "Also, she talked about her ex-husband a lot. People ask me if it's editing, but no, she really did. And that's fine. I'm glad she could talk to me about it, but she just needs some time for Tenley.
Jake adds that his Dancing
rehearsals are so grueling, it's "like training for the Olympics."
Speaking of which, tomorrow March 26 is "Evan Lysacek Day"
in Naperville, Illinois. The west suburban town will welcome home the gold medalist in Neuqua Valley High School where he graduated in 2003. There'll be a program at Naperville's Millennium Carillon in the afternoon.
Naperville mayor George Pradel stressed that Evan, an early favorite on DWTS
, is a "role model" to Naperville's young.
Finally, Beverly Hills 90210
alum Shannen Doherty said her DWTS
debut "was beyond emotional."
As we all saw, his father was in the audience. He had lost his ability to speak after a stroke last year.
"It was amazing to have him here. I had eye connection with him throughout my routine and to see the pride and the love in his face was overwhelming to me. He is determined to come back every Monday, and it's been great for him tonight."
Her Viennese waltz - where judge Bruno Tonioli said she swung her arms "like a primate" - earned 18 points, putting her in the middle of the pack.
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