December 01, 2003 12:00 PM

After whittling her 16 Average Joe suitors to three, Melana Scantlin got a jolt when NBC added three sexy hunks to the mix. “I was like, ‘You can bring the hottest guys in the world right now, but I like who I like,’ ” says the ex-beauty queen. As for the Joes, they didn’t like the latest twist one bit. “It’s mean,” says Adam Mesh, 28, who muttered, “Bastards!” when the competition appeared. “It takes the wind out of you. Normal people don’t look like that.” In fact, after glimpsing his new rivals’ physiques, Mesh says, “I definitely did start working out more.” Some Joes even helped new guy Alex Sabatini during a challenge in exchange for advice on their abs. But did Melana, 25, fall for six-packs over substance? “There were a couple of love stories that developed,” she says coyly. “It all has to come down to the chemistry.”

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