LaFollette native Ella Nolan was eliminated from "The Bachelor" Monday night.
The 29-year-old hair stylist was pitted in a duel with another contestant to see who would advance to the next round of the competition. It was an awkward situation: Nolan was selected to participate in a "two-on-one" date in Big Sur, Calif., with bachelor Jake Pavelka and a fellow contestant, Kathryn, a 25-year-old flight attendant from Lexington, Ky. At the end of the date, he was to select one woman to stay and one to go home. Ultimately, Pavelka pulled Nolan aside and said, "I'm developing feelings that are just a little bit stronger for some of the other women."
She said, "Be wise in who you chose" and graciously got in the waiting limo and left. Afterward, as she was riding off and away from Pavelka, Nolan said of his decision to cut her, "Honestly, it doesn't make any sense."
Then in a shocker, after Pavelka cut Nolan, he also cut the flight attendant from the competition. "I just don't think I'm there," he told her of his feelings for her.
"I think you're making a mistake," she said, rather defiantly.
During the date, the chemistry between Nolan and Pavelka began brewing, but when they started talking about her 7-year-old son, Ethan, the bachelor ominously said, "If I'm not absolutely sure (I want to keep you), I don't want to keep you from Ethan."
Later, Pavelka spent time with the somewhat hostile Kathryn, who said she had been feeling ignored.
Monday's episode began with the 9 remaining contestants joining Pavelka on a road trip up the California coast. On the first night Gia Allemand, a 26-year-old swimsuit model from New York, had a one-on-one date with the bachelor in a vineyard. It ended with him awarding her a rose, which pushed her on to the next round.
Then Pavelka had a group date with six of the contestants at Pismo Beach. In something of a surprise to the other women, the bachelor singled out 25-year-old Tenley Molzahn, of Ohio, for another rose, carrying her to the next date and leaving the other five hoping for a rose during the show-ending ceremony.
Ali Fedotowsky, 25, and Corrie Adamson, 23, were awarded the first two roses during the ceremony, and then Pavelka called a timeout midway as he contemplated cutting two of the remaining three contestants instead of just one.
He decided to only keep Vienna Girardi, 23, who is unpopular with the other women, and send home both 25-year-old Jessie Sulidis and 25-year-old Ashleigh Hunt.