Well, color me surprised. Bachelor Jake Pavelka doth not sucketh!
While we had guessed the rose-giver would look about as comfortable as a snake in pantyhose on that dance floor, he seems to have fallen in love...with dancing! And doesn't look half bad doing it.
We just met up with Jake at rehearsals for season 10 of Dancing with the Stars, along with frontrunner (who insists she's not a frontrunner) Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, and a few others.
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Jake says he's ready to dominate on DWTS. "We're at the point where Chelsie is fine-tuning things," he tells us, "and she's smiling at me a lot more than she was yelling."
While there are nerves—"It's tough," he says—Jake is more than up to the challenge. "I work really well under stress, so I try to manage it right up until the point when it's time to stress out." And when that moment comes, Jake will be ready to hit the dance floor, no doubt impressing the pants socks right off of his new ladylove, Vienna.
As for Nicole, the Pussycat Dolls' lead songstress and dancer, she says it's unfair for anyone to think she has an unfair advantage.
"This is new territory for me," Nicole tells us at a separate rehearsal. "I am in Derek Hough Dancing with the Stars ballroom land. I'm a professional trained singer and performer who dances." Oh, that clears it up then. "It's good that I kind of don't know what I'm doing." Ummmm...right.
Elsewhere, yummy soap star Aiden Turner is looking forward to life away from acting. "Dance steps are harder," he says of this endeavor. "I've gotten learning the lines down, but this is new."
And just in case you're forgetting, Aiden's partner Edyta Sliwinska was partnered with Aiden's former All My Children costar Cameron Mathison a few seasons back (Whew! That was a mouthful), and the two have definitely exchanged notes.
"He said, 'Work hard, listen to Edyta…be yourself and have as much fun as possible.'" Aiden says of Cam.
Oh, and ladies, Aiden promises there will be some shirtless action if he makes it to the top three, so keep that in mind while dialing in your votes.
Still, something tells us we can't count out Buzz Aldrin just yet. Did you see how suavely he executed that spin in the video above?!
Sadly, our E! team cameramen have yet to capture this season's blond babes in action—Erin Andrews, Kate Gosselin and Pamela Anderson—but we're guessing they'll be bringing some smooth moves of their own.
And just in case you missed it, here's some rehearsal footage of Shannen, Niecy Nash, Evan Lysacek and Chad Ochocinco.
Now that you've seen nearly all of the contenders, who is your money on to win?
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