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Following the very dramatic and scandalous last season of the Bachelor, the ABC hit show returns this year in what is being called a scandal free season.

The 15th season of the Bachelor brings us back Brad Womack, a 38-year-old Texas bar owner. ABC’s decision to choose Brad as the new bachelor was met with some criticism as some felt he already had his chance and blew it. This is in reference to Brad’s now infamous decision to not pick either of this two finalists, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft, back in 2007.

In a new interview with PEOPLE magazine, Brad reveals he has turned a new leaf and even declares he is “very much in love” with his final pick. “I did find love, and I’m very happy to say that,” Brad said. “I’m very much in love. I’m a happy guy.”

Brad adds, “A true love story happened.” The new season of the Bachelor premieres Jan. 3 (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

In related Bachelor news, Dancing With The Stars professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy blogged recently that he is now filming the Ukrainian version of the Bachelor. Even more interesting, Maksim revealed ABC had asked him to be the Bachelor on the US version but he declined.

The photos and brief bios of the 30, yes 30 bachelorettes this season is below!

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Many fans were shocked to hear that Brad Womack of the Bachelor season 11 was once again chosen to be the new bachelor on the upcoming season 15, as Brad is notorious for dumping both of his final two contestants during his 2007 season.

But ready or not, the new season has been filmed and is all set to premiere early next year on ABC! In the preview clip below, we see that Brad really really wants us to know that he is indeed a changed man, but the best part of the clip is when one of his bachelorettes decides to give him a slap on behalf of all women.

According to an ABC executive, the women had heard rumors of Brad being the next bachelor but they did not know for sure until they got out of the limo.

“The rumors about Brad were out there and some of the girls had seen them and were prepared for Brad but for a majority of them, it was a surprise,” the executive tells Entertainment Weekly.

The new season of The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on ABC. A preview clip is below -

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Dancing With The Stars celebrated its 200th episode last night, which just happened to fall on November sweeps, by bringing back 50 stars from the previous 10 seasons!

The show however focused more on the remaining 6 contestants, who first had to do a group number.  The first group up was led by Kristi Yamaguchi.  Team Kristi, which included Bristol Palin, Rick Fox and Kyle Massey, earned 24 points.

The second group led by Apolo Anton Ohno included Kurt Warner, Brandy and Jennifer Grey. They fared better, earning 27 points for their hip hop inspired cha cha cha.

Tying for first place this week was Brandy and Jennifer.  Brandy received praises from the judges, especially judge Len Goodman who called her foxtrot the best of the season and gave her a score of 10.  With all the scores added up, Brandy earned an impressive 64 out of 70.  As did Jennifer, who made a great come back this week with her hot tango.

In the bottom spot this week was Bristol and partner Mark Ballas despite putting on a strong performance, and also her best performance of the season according to the judges. Bristol earned a total of 57 points for the night.  The best part of night however came when guest judge Kelly Osbourne tried to compliment Bristol by telling her she did well despite having some big shoes to fill, referencing herself as the big shoes.

The full scores from last night below -

Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 64 (27, 37)
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 64 (27, 37)
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 61 (27, 34)
Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: 61 (24, 37)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 59 (24, 35)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 57 (24, 33)

In other news, UsWeekly is reporting today that former Bachelor and DWTS contestant Jake Pavelka attended the show last night with his new girlfriend.  That “lucky” lady is Meghan Jones, described as a wedding planner from Dallas.

Jake tells US  a “great friend” introduced them “less than two months ago,” and that they both have “similar personalities.”  A photo of Jake and Meghan below -

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Some baby news to report today.

E! Online is the latest media outlet to confirm that Bravolebrity and Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe is indeed pregnant.

According to the E! site, the Rachel Zoe Project star, who has yet to officially sign on for another season of the Bravo reality show, is 18 weeks along aka 4 1/2 months pregnant. E! also adds that Rachel, 39, and her husband Rodger Berman found out they are having a baby boy this past week!

Though Rachel has yet to officially confirm the news, congrats to the couple. The above photo of Rachel was taken this Monday by the way.

In other baby news, former Bachelor “winner,” Melissa Rycroft has also found out the sex of her baby. Melissa, 27, who is due in February, appeared on CBS’s The View ripoff new talk show The Talk, during which she announced she will be having a baby girl.

Melissa is happily married to hubby Tye Strickland, whom she wed back in December.

It’s official! Following weeks of speculation, ABC has officially confirmed Brad Womack will be returning as the new Bachelor.

The announcement came during last night’s episode of Dancing With The Stars.  For those of you not familiar with Brad, he was the season 11 Bachelor back in 2007, and became infamous after dumping both of his final two picks.

ABC is however claiming Brad, 37, is now a changed man.  According to the network, Brad has undergone “intensive therapy” and has been on a “quite painful journey of self-awareness” since the 2007 fiasco.

Brad, a Texas bar owner, is also set to appear on the Ellen show today, during which he will admit to having some “commitment issues” in the past.

“More importantly, that [Bachelor] process is difficult,” said Brad in the Ellen interview. “I thought that I was as open as I was supposed to be and clearly I wasn’t. I walked away and wound up all alone and left two girls standing there.”

Brad also assures fans of the show that things will be different this go.  “I know it’s tough to believe it’s a television show but…I am a completely different person. I don’t want to visit that thought.”

Moving right along to last night’s Dancing With The Stars episode.  For the most part, all of the stars showed major improvement over their first dance with the sole exception of Michael Bolton, who earned the lowest score of the night – a 12 for his dull jive, which Bruno called the worst jive dance in the history of the show.

Despite being toted as the one to beat, Brandy and partner Maksim failed to impress last night, falling to the middle of the pack with a score of 21.  The highest score of the night once again went to Jennifer Grey, scoring a 24 for her impressive quickstep dance.

A full recap of last night’s scores below -

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 24
Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani: 23
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 22
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 21
Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: 21
Florence Henderson & Corky Ballas: 19
Margaret Cho & Louis van Amstel: 18
The Situation & Karina Smirnoff: 18
Michael Bolton & Chelsie Hightower: 12

TELL US – WHO SHOULD BE SENT HOME ON TONIGHT’S DWTS?

Avid Bachelor watcher, Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View, is not happy with ABC’s reported choice for the next Bachelor.

As we reported last week, the buzz is that indecisive former Bachelor, Brad Womack, has been chosen once again to be the next Bachelor.

“Ugh!” she told UsWeekly. “Translation: They couldn’t find somebody!” Elisabeth might be onto something as several media outlets have reported that ABC’s first choice, Chris Lambton, turned them down.

Brad, 27, became infamous in 2007 when he left the final two women, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft, broken hearted by not choosing either of them. At the time, the Bachelor was still somewhat of a classy show, hence Brad’s decision shocking fans of the show.

Elisabeth, 33, feels that Brad doesn’t deserve a second shot at love, at least not on TV. “He didn’t have enough choices before? How many women do you need, Brad?” she asked. “They should really reevaluate that one.”

In other Bachelor news, Entertainment Weekly is confirming ABC will officially announce the new Bachelor on tonight’s episode of Dancing With The Stars.

TELL US – DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH ELISABETH?

Is The Bachelor franchise ready to do something it has never done before?

According to Star magazine, that answer is yes! Star is reporting that Brad Womack, who starred on 11th season of the Bachelor in 2007, has been chosen to once again star on the upcoming season. Brad is infamous for not picking anyone during his season, dumping his final two women, Deanna Pappas and Jenni Croft.

“All signs are pointing to Brad being the next Bachelor,” Bachelor insider Steve Carbone tells Star. “And it’s not that far fetched because apparently they asked him last year before asking Jake Pavelka.”

This comes as a huge surprise as ABC had been privately and publicly courting Chris Lambton to be the next Bachelor, but as reported back in August, Chris refused ABC’s offer citing that he wanted to step away from the spotlight and return to his “normal life.”

Star magazine adds that ABC will be making the announcement any day now. PEOPLE magazine is also reporting that the next season of the Bachelor is scheduled to begin filming next month.

Jake Pavelka

Jake Pavelka wants another shot at fame reports the latest issue of UsWeekly magazine.

According to the mag, the former Bachelor star is “begging” ABC to make him the new Bachelor, you know, considering how successful his first stint was.

“Jake has made it clear he would do it again in a heartbeat,” says a source about Jake, 31, who had a nasty split with ex-fiance Vienna Girardi, just 4 months after proposing to her.

However, it seems the Bachelor producers are on to Jake as a show source tells the magazine Jake is “more concerned with becoming famous than with finding a wife,” adding that “what he loved was the attention.”

According to the insider, the producers of the show “want someone whose goal is to find true love.” Good luck with that Bachelor producers.

TELL US – WOULD YOU WANT TO SEE JAKE RETURN AS THE BACHELOR? OR A FORMER BACHELOR RETURN FOR THAT MATTER?

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