Jillian Harris' Star on the Rise

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Relatives of ABC's first Canadian Bachelorette, the awesome Jillian Harris, are keeping their hopes up and fingers crossed that the restaurant designer and Jason Mesnick castoff will find true love a second time on reality TV.

"I hope she finds that best friend she is looking for, her soulmate," said her aunt Mona Harris from her home town of Peace River, Alberta.

"She's got a good personality; she's a good person and she's got a good job. I think she'll do just great," her uncle Mark Harris said.

Jillian's rising stardom has become the talk of her hometown since she was named the star of the fifth installment of The Bachelorette Tuesday night on the lame second installment of The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special show.

On The Bachelor, the fan favorite came in third behind interim winner Melissa Rycroft and Jason Mesnick's current girlfriend Molly Malaney.

Now Jillian Harris, 29, will have her pick of 25 eligible suitors.

Jillian Harris, Jason Mesnick Photo

Given that Jason controversially dumped Melissa for Molly on the first After the Final Rose special, Jillian's parents think it may have been a blessing in disguise that their daughter was eliminated before the series' final rose ceremony.

"I think Jillian realizes there is no guarantee, but sometimes magic happens," her mom Peggy said. "I'm not sure what she considers her odds to be, but I guess no different than meeting someone at the gym. It's going to be interesting."

While Jillian Harris is under strict orders not to speak to media about the show, she indicated in an ABC press release that she is confident she will ultimately find love starring on The Bachelorette, which debuts Monday, May 18.

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  • Jason and Jillian on The Bachelor
  • Jillian Harris, Jason Mesnick
  • Jason and Jillian Eat Hot Dogs
  • Jason Mesnick, Jillian Harris
  • Jillian Harris on The Bachelor
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I think that Jillian is the best choice for the next bachlorette, she is a very genuine person and she deserves someone as great as she is.

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Jill was my favorite from the first episode, I'm so glad that we get to see more of her! I really hope things work out for her.

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Hurray for Jillian....She is an awesome woman as is Molly - and not fake as was Melissa.....and alot of the 15 that Jason had to choose from..... Jason is still a good man...... Do hope Jillian gets some good men to choose from...she so deserves that opportunity....Listen up Bachelorette staff...GOOD men....REAL men....Quality men....Go Jillian!

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I think the previous poster had a labotomy. Jillian has so many wonderful qualities, any man would be lucky to be in her company. My hope is that the 25 men who ultimately get picked for the Bachelorette are there for Jillian and are not fame whores. The track record is not great here. Time will tell.

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Who cares about this girl? she was totally boring and needs a nose job.

The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]
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