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The Bachelor Pad's Juan Barbieri

Following his elimination on the first season of ABC’s The Bachelor Pad, former Bachelorette contestant Juan Barbieri is now speaking out about his time on and off the show.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Juan discusses why he went on the show, what really happened between him and Nikki, while he also defends crazy pants Michelle.

Excerpts from Juan’s interview below -

The reason you were eliminated is because of your history with Nikki. Viewers only got part of the story and it made you seem like a jerk. What’s your side?
Nikki tends to embellish and exaggerate and she uses the terms relationship and dating differently than I do … We had been corresponding online and she seemed like a sweet girl. She invited me to Chicago. I had never been and was eager to visit. We had a wonderful weekend together. She was a wonderful host. Everything went as normally and naturally as you can imagine and then I came back to LA, my life and other people I was dating. We kept in touch but at no time did we ever talk about pursuing it. I took it for what it was and she obviously took it for something more. The next time I saw her was six weeks later on the reunion cruise. Before we boarded, I said I wasn’t interested in continuing our relationship and that it would be best to be friends. She didn’t take that very well and that’s where the animosity started.

Were you surprised at how quickly Natalie and Jesse hooked up?
Yeah. They had an instant connection. They are each other’s type in every way. I don’t know if it will last. They live in different states so that makes things difficult.

Did Michelle and Craig hook up on the first night?
That never happened. Tenley was dreaming or it was Natalie and Jesse who had already been making out and slept next to her. Craig and Michelle were on the other side of the room and I know for a fact they didn’t do anything inappropriate. If it was Tenley’s strategy to start a rumor about someone already on thin ice to rally the troop against her, it was well-played.

As you all slept in one room, which woman looked best waking up?
Gia always looked great. Some girls walked in to the house all dolled up and Gia came in with no makeup, hair down and a T-shirt and could not have looked more beautiful.

A new episode of the Bachelor Pad is also coming on tonight. Things quickly heat up when Wes Hayden tells Gia he loves her. “I’m crazy about you … I wish that circumstances were different … but I’ve got this infatuation that you’re kinda my girl … I love you,” says Wes to Gia.

On the other side of the house, it seems Jesse is having second thoughts about Natalie upon hearing she’s been around the block with many other past Bachelor(ette) guys.

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ABC The Bachelor Pad

The highly talked about Bachelor Pad is set to premiere tonight on ABC at 8 P.M./ET.

The show will feature 19 Bachelor and Bachelorette alums as they try to find love and win money at the same time. The lone winner of the show will end up walking away with $250,000.

In tonight’s premiere, the contestants will arrive separately via limousine to greet co-host Chris Harrison, the other host is Melissa Rycroft. They are unaware of who else is on the show and according to UsWeekly, and weatherman Jonathan is not happy to see his nemesis Craig M.

On more of the premise of the show – there will be a competition in each episode and the winner of each competition gets a rose and he/she gets to pick three people to go on a date with. During the date, the winner will hand out a rose to someone, and that person is then safe from elimination. One guy and one girl will be ousted each week.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE BACHELOR PAD CAST!

While the competition aspect sounds interesting enough, the juicy part of the show comes in form of the hooks ups amongst the cast members, and there are reportedly lots and lots of it! As for what to expect tonight and this season in terms of hooking up, and not who wins the competion. Some spoilers are below -

Elizabeth Kitt (Bachelor: Jake) is in love with Jesse Kovacs (Bachelorette: Jillian), but the feeling isn’t mutual, and when Jesse K tells her they should just be friends while doing the show, she threatens to have her girlfriends in the house vote him out.

In the premiere episode, Natalie Getz (Bachelor: Jason) and Jesse Beck (Bachelorette: Ali) strike up a quick romance and are quickly seen making out all over the house, thus making them a target to be split up by the other contestants.

Nikki Kaapke (Bachelor: Jason) and Juan Barbiere (Bachelorette: Jilian) are said to have dated off the show with things not ending well between the two, which will likely lead to some show drama.

Star magazine also gives these juicy tidbits about the show’s cast -

Gia & Wes: She may have a boyfriend back home, but that didn’t stop Jake Pavelka’s castoff from locking lips — a lot — with the aspiring country singer (from Jillian Harris’ season). “She was smitten,” says an insider.

David & Jessie: When it came to the ladies, he was like a kid in a candy store! David, who was also dumped by Jillian, hooked up with both Natalie and Jessie. “He’ll do anything to get ahead in the game,” says the insider.

Tenley & Kiptyn: The temperature spiked in the hot tub when these two and things “got really steamy” one night, says the insider. “I’m pretty sure Tenley fell in love with him, but Kiptyn is such a player.”

TELL US – WILL YOU BE TUNING IN FOR THE BACHELOR PAD? AND IF SO, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREMIERE?

Vienna Girardi made headlines yesterday when she told Star Magazine she would be posing for Playboy later this year and expected to receive a payment in the range of $250, 000.

There’s only one problem with Vienna’s declaration – Playboy has yet to make her an offer! A rep for the magazine told UsWeekly, “This is the first we’ve heard of Vienna Girardi appearing on the cover of Playboy.”

The rep added, “We are not in negotiations with her and have not made her an offer.” Perhaps Vienna is trying to ‘secret’ the playboy shoot into existence.

In others news, the mudslinging in this Bachelor break up soap opera refuses to end. The latest is those pesky Jake Pavelka is gay rumors that simply refuses to go away.

First Vienna insinuated her ex-fiance might be gay when she told Star magazine he refused to have sex with her for four months. Someone close to Vienna then told RadarOnline that Vienna told them, “I don’t think Jake is into girls.” A good friend of Jake’s however denied the claims, telling RadarOnline that Jake is not gay.

The next person adding fuel to the gay rumor fire is none other than Jake’s ex-girlfriend Tanya Douglas who Jake dated from 2008 to 2009.

Tanya says she believes Vienna’s claims 100 percent. “He told me that he had to abstain from sex for religious purposes until we were married, which is exactly what he told Vienna. It was so weird, because we had already been intimate! It’s bizarre to change overnight like that.”

And when Tanya’s flat out asked if Jake is gay, she gives the following reply: “I always wondered if he could be,” she admits to Star. “There were a lot of signs. … Jake would get really giddy [with one particular male friend] and the two of them were very touchy-feely.”

Tanya also claims Jake once told his mom he needed to see a psychiatrist because he was “confused.”

It doesn’t end yet folks as Star magazine also speculates that Jake may have had a fling with Bachelor Pad contestant Juan Barbieri. Though Juan, 37, denies the story, sources tell the mag he and Jake were seen at West Hollywood gay club Micky’s in mid-2009 acting like a couple.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GAY RUMORS?

The Bachelor Pad

ABC has now announced and released photos of the 19 Bachelor and Bachelorette alums that will be starring on their upcoming new show titled The Bachelor Pad!

The show, which is being hosted by Melissa Rycroft and Chris Harrison, will follow 19 fan favorites from the shows’ history as they compete for $250,000 and a second chance at love. The six-episode series premieres Aug. 9 on ABC.

Some of the more notable cast members include Tenley Molzhan, Wes Hayden, Gia Allemand, and Kiptyn Locke.

The cast also includes some guys from the current Bachelorette season featuring Ali. Those fellas are Craig McKinnon, Jesse Beck, and weatherman Jonathan Novack.

The show’s format sounds like a mix of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge meets Oxygen’s Love Games. See who’s moving in below!

The Bachelor Pad Tenley MolzhanTENLEY MOLZHAN, 26 – Appeared on: The Bachelor, starring Jake Pavelka

 

Wes Hayden of The Bachelor PadWES HAYDEN, 33 – Appeared on: The Bachelorette, starring Jillian Harris

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