Jake Pavelka dumped by Dancing with the Stars voters

Jake Pavelka’s unbottoned shirt, pantsless cha cha, constant updates on Twitter, and Bachelor exposure couldn’t keep him on Dancing with the Stars 10, as voters dumped a reality star for the second week in a row.

With Vienna looking on, Jake choked up when he called his pro partner Chelsie Hightower “one of my best friends.” A few moments earlier, Jake–who was wearing a shirt held on by a single button at the bottom this time–said, “I want to thank Texas, I want to thank all the Mavericks fans, Canada, all the tweets, Facebooks, everybody that supported me.” There’s more than one Facebook? And is he thanking his own posts on Twitter or just mangling terminology?

It’s probably the latter, because post-elimination, Jake tweeted, “Well guys, I did everything I could. Layed it all out there on the dance floor. I’m pretty bumbed… :(” Later, he wrote, “I’m going to focus my full attention on Vienna now. I asked for her hand and I meant it! I’m so lucky to have her!”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.