He may have lost out to Ed Swiderski in the battle for The Bachelorette Jillian Harris‘ heart, but Jake Pavelka is getting a second chance at reality romance in The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.
The airline pilot from Dallas will have his pick of 25 bachelorettes when the show returns in January 2010 for the 14th season of the ABC franchise.
What kind of girl will win a rose — and possibly a ring — from Jake? “I’ve dated a type of girl my whole life that has kept me single,” the 31-year-old says.
“The girl that won’t call back or plays lot of games. They’re fun and keep you on your toes, but not the type you end up marrying. I would go after girls that I don’t consider my type.”
The pilot became a fan favorite after sharing a solo date with Jillian, 29, at a Martina McBride concert but despite their connection, she rejected him before the hometown dates.
But Jake returned in the next episode to warn her about his rival, Wes Hayden, who already had a girlfriend.
I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I don’t hate him,” Jake — who became a flight instructor at 23 — says of his rival, “I’m hopeful at some point we can be friends. But it’s hard to be sympathetic because he lied to my face and Jillian’s.”
But he has nothing but praise for Jillian’s final pick, Ed. “I could tell she was glowing inside because Ed came back,” he says. “They clicked. Ed’s a super nice guy, an open book.”
Only time will tell who’ll become the wind beneath Jake’s wings.