As if in response to remarks that he'd rather bathe in the spotlight than with new fiance Vienna Girardi, no-nonsense Bachelor Jake Pavelka tells The Insider that he's not doing Dancing with the Stars to stay in the public eye.
"It actually just fell in my lap," says the pilot, who yesterday started following Melissa Rycroft's golden path of Bachelor to Dancing with the Stars fame. Not only did Melissa take advantage of her crossover potential in DWTS season 8, she milked it for all its worth and now she co-hosts the show alongside Tom Bergeron.
As for Jake, who will be partnered with young and perky Chelsie Hightower, he insists that he joined DWTS for the sense of competition that it brings and not for the additional publicity.
"To dance at that level and have the opportunity to train with professionals, it is life a life's dream, so it is conquering a dream," he says, adding that he doesn't even have a publicist, the only Bachelor cast member without one.
But what about Vienna? Won't she mind putting her life with Jake on hold for the show? After all, the original plan was for her to relocate to Dallas to be with her fiance. The couple had to do a little detour and will then be staying in Los Angeles until Jake gets eliminated from the show.
"I will be there every night he is performing," she says, reminiscent of Rycroft's very own supportive significant other Tye Strickland.
After DWTS, Jake says he plans to go back to aviation. "I love flying. That is what I am born to do," he says.
In fact, among his fellow cast members that include the likes of Pamela Anderson and Erin Andrews, he says he is most excited to meet Buzz Aldrin because he is "out of this world."