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Former Bachelor star, Jason Mesnick and his new fiance Molly Malaney are gracing this week’s cover of US Weekly magazine.

The coupon discusses their engagement details, as well as the hardships they had to go through in their relationship. Jason famously dumped his former fiance, Melissa Rycroft, on national television to begin dating Molly.

When asked why he dumped Melissa, Jason reveals, “Melissa is a great girl, but there wasn’t any chemistry,” he admits. “So I broke up with her after Christmas, about a month after we wrapped.”

Jason admits the controversial After the Final Rose taping wasn’t the ideal time or place to try to rekindle things with Molly and win her back. “Obviously, I didn’t want it all on TV, but I had to take the chance if it meant getting her back. I’d rather have picked up the phone, trust me!”

Jason goes on to reveal a somewhat surprising tidbit when he says Molly gave up being the next Bachelorette to be with him. He tells US that show producers — a week after his ill-fated proposal to Melissa — “kept asking me if I thought Molly would make a good Bachelorette.”

He however realized he was “not willing to let Molly go on TV and have 25 guys fight over her.” If Jason’s story is to be believed, this would mean Jillian Harris was the third choice to be the Bachelorette, as Melissa also declined an opportunity to do the show.

A photo of their cover is below —

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The nine remaining contestants on Dancing with the Stars are prepared to face a tough week, as they will be hitting the ballroom floor with three new routines.  The three routines will include their typical dance performance, a group dance competition, and a performance of the jitterbug or the waltz.

“It’s been such a tough week because of all the new dances,” model Joanna Krupa tells PEOPLE. “It’s definitely nerve-wracking with everything that’s going on.”

“This is going to take a lot of stamina,” says Joanna. “[The mambo] is supposed to last for four minutes so keeping that energy up is one thing and then to be on the dance floor with eight other couples, that’s already stressful. Plus, I don’t want to get that tap!”

Unfortunately for the stars, two couples will be eliminated this week instead of just one. The couple with the lowest score, based on the judges’ scores and fan votes, will be automatically eliminated. The remaining two couples will then do a 40-second dance-off and judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will determine who else goes home.

“It’s all about who can maintain, who can endure, who can take on more than one dance at a time,” says Melissa Joan Hart, who will be performing the waltz with partner Mark Ballas. “It’ll be interesting, definitely a battle.”

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Former Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft revealed to UsWeekly that she has the swine flu.

“I am indeed recovering from a bout of the H1N1 flu virus,” Melissa, 26, tells Usmagazine. “Like most people who become infected, I thought I had a mild case of the common flu, but when my symptoms exacerbated, I immediately went to the hospital where I was diagnosed with H1N1 and given the proper medications to cure the infection.”

Melissa who also appeared on last season’s Dancing With The Stars wants people to know “how easy it is to battle this flu when you take the proper steps such as seeking the care of a doctor.” She continues, “I’m a clear case that by paying diligent attention to your health, it’s easy to overcome this illness and be healthy again.”

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Jake Pavelka is speaking out on being chosen to be the new Bachelor.  The official announcement was made on Tuesday’s episode of Dancing With The Stars.

Jake reveals to UsMagazine that he is “honored” to be given a second chance at love as the latest Bachelor. Jake was dumped on the last season of The Bachelorette by Jillian Harris.  “It’s such a unique opportunity,” Jake, 31, revealed after the DWTS show taping in Los Angeles Tuesday. “I still cannot believe this is happening. How did I get here?”

When asked about the drama from last season including the accusation that Wes Hayden had a girlfriend back home, Jake reveals he hopes that’s something he will not have to deal with. “I hope that’s something we don’t deal with this season,”  he said.  “I’m going to give everybody a clean slate going in, and I think over time [contestants] will weed themselves out. I’m hopeful.”

So who is Jake’s dream girl? “I’m going to look deep into the heart for character,” he said. “The four most important things to me are similar qualities — someone who is romantic, passionate, compassionate and protective … and will laugh at my jokes!”

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Week 4 of Dancing With the Stars, brought us each of the 11 remaining couples performing one of four brand-new dances: the Bolero, the Charleston, the country two-step, and the Lambada.

Two couples tied for the highest score of the night. Melissa Joan Hart and her partner Mark Ballas received a high score of 28 for their fun Charleston dance. Mya and Dmitry Chaplin were the other dancing duo to score a 28 for their sultryLambada.

A summary of last night’s scores is below -

  • Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: 28
  • Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 28
  • Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: 26
  • Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: 24
  • Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: 24
  • Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: 23
  • Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 22
  • Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 18
  • Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya: 17
  • Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 16
  • Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova.: 16

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Bachelorette couple, Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski, are still going strong based on their latest interview with PEOPLE magazine.

The couple, currently living together in Ed’s one bedroom Chicago condo, both admit it took a lot of effort to get to this next step in their relationship.  Who can forget two of Ed’s former girlfriends coming forward last August to reveal that Ed had continued relationships with both of them during his time on The Bachelorette, and even after he became engaged to Jillian.

Ed is willing to admit some wrongdoing on his part but still claims those very believable reports of his cheating were exaggerated. “I was a bachelor in every sense of the word,” Ed admits. “I am not an angel, but things were exaggerated.”

Jillian continues to maintain Ed did nothing wrong — “It would be more naïve of me to trust [these women] than to trust the person I’m going to bed with every single night and have spoken to every single night,” says Jillian.

You can read more about this story in the current issue of PEOPLE.

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The Bachelor fans no longer have to wait for ABC’s official announcement on October 13th as multiple sources are now confirming Jake Pavelka to be the next Bachelor!

Brittany Gammell, a Tenessee native — who says she’s been cast to be on the upcoming season of The Bachelor tells Musiccitytv.com that indeed, Jake the Pilot is the new Bachelor.

“He’s pretty cute. I’ve seen he was on The Bachelorette. I’m not worried about that part,” said the 25-year-old Brittany, who adds that the taping of the show will begin Oct. 12 in L.A.

RealitySteve also believes Jake’s the new Bachelor, saying Kiptyn Locke was not a contender due to his non interest, leaving the final choice between Jake and Reid Rosenthal. He reveals that all signs point to Jake being the chosen one.

It’s a bit surprising to see Jake chosen as the new Bachelor, as I thought Reid was the favorite to win. ABC chose not to comment on this report, but one can’t help but wonder whether or not there will be any penalties levied against Brittany for revealing this information, if she is indeed a contestant. What she did is a huge no no, and she basically ruined ABC’s big surprise reveal on Dancing With The Stars’ Oct. 13th episode.

Tell Us: Are You Happy With Jake as The New Bachelor?

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The Bachelor fans are free to rejoice once again as ABC will be announcing the new “Bachelor” on Tuesday, Oct. 13 live on Dancing with the Stars.

The host of the show, Chris Harrison, also confirmed this news via his Twitter page.

The show’s producer, Mike Fleiss, had previously confirmed the next Bachelor would be one of the contestants from Jillian Harris‘s recent Bachelorette season, even narrowing the choices down to three men. “When the new season of The Bachelor premieres, look for Reid, Kiptyn or Jake to be handing out the red roses,” said Fleiss.

There are however rumblings that the new Bachelor could be a new contestant all together. Our previous polls showed a preference for Reid as the next Bachelor.

The new season of “The Bachelor” will premiere in early 2010; with all signs pointing to Monday, Jan. 4, though the actual premier date has yet to be confirmed.

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