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Ashley Hebert is the fourth straight Bachelorette star (DeAnna Pappas, Jillian Harris and Ali Fedotowsky) to emerge from the previous season of The Bachelor.

But Mike Fleiss, creator of both shows, says Ash is a "different kind" of star.

He calls choosing the dental student, who failed to find love with Brad Womack this winter, and who will graduate later this year, a "good step" for the show.

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"I think it's a cool lesson for young ladies out there to see an accomplished woman still struggling to put the personal side of her life together," Fleiss told EW.

"That's something a lot of women can relate to. So she will be a different kind of Bachelorette." Host-pimp Chris Harrison also says she'll "do great" in the role.

Ashley Hebert is "a spitfire," he says. "If you get to know her, which you will, she has great charisma and charm that just puts everybody at ease."

Says Chantal O'Brien, who Brad Womack rejected on Monday's finale:

"She definitely has a spunky personality and a ton of energy so, if anything, I think those guys will have to step up their game to keep up with her!"

What do you think? Will Ashley Hebert make a good Bachelorette?

 

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Once a major contender for Brad Womack's heart on The Bachelor, Ashley Hebert has undergone quite a makeover since she was named star of The Bachelorette.

The pride of small-town Madawaska, Maine and University of Pennsylvania dental student was totally the effervescent, approachable, cute girl next door.

Now? With a new, darker hairstyle, makeup and a glamorous wardrobe, she's ready to assume the starring role in a big way. But is it too big a change?

Tell us whether you prefer Ashley Hebert 1.0 or 2.0 below ...

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Ashley Hebert has undergone quite a transformation from The Bachelor to The Bachelorette. Which look do you think suits her best? Vote here! View Poll »

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Rejected by Brad Womack, 26-year-old Ashley Hebert has been confirmed as the next Bachelorette, with her season set to kick off Monday, May 23.

As the third-place finisher on The Bachelor (Brad chose Emily Maynard over Chantal O'Brien on the finale), Ashley is certainly a worthy candidate.

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We grew familiar with the cutie over the past few months, but now that she's about to call the shots, here are some things to know about her ...

She's a fourth-year grad student at the University of Pennsylvania, who will return to school after The Bachelorette and finish dental school this fall.

She's ready for love: "I feel like this season taught me so much about myself," Ashley Hebert said of The Bachelor. "It primed me for a relationship."

"I'm ready to meet 25 new guys. Bring 'em on!"

She has one tattoo on her inner right wrist.

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She failed to make the final rose ceremony this season, but Ashley Hebert still made her presence felt in the aftermath of The Bachelor finale last night.

Ash has been confirmed as the next star of The Bachelorette!

The announcement was made on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, a few hours after the finale. The new season kicks off Monday, May 23 on ABC!

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The pride of Madawaska, Maine, is now The Bachelorette!

Showing off her new look, the 26-year-old, who graduates from dental school in a few months, told Kimmel that she believes everything worked out for the best.

That sentiment was echoed by Chantal O'Brien, The Bachelor runner-up and likely first choice for The Bachelorette, who has since found love with Jeff Razore.

Anyway, what do you think of Ashley Hebert as The Bachelorette?

 

Follow the jump for Ashley's interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which includes her thoughts on Brad and Emily and her unofficial "swearing in" ceremony ...

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Of all the girls on The Bachelor this season, few probably had Ashley Hebert pegged as the next Bachelorette. Or as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

While we're not sure what we think of her new look, which she debuted Monday night on the Women Tell All special, she sure looks the part right here.

Below are some of the photos taken during her awkward, but sizzling group date this season, during which Ashley Hebert posed for the swimsuit issue:

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The pride of Madawaska, Maine, may not fancy herself a supermodel or a woman who commands the attention of 25 men, which she reportedly will be.

We could get used to the idea pretty quickly, however, and we're guessing the The Bachelorette will have no shortage of applicants with her in the lead role.

What do you think of Ashley as The Bachelorette?

 

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She's still alive as one of three finalists on this season of The Bachelor. But has Ashley Hebert already been tapped to star on The Bachelorette this summer?

According to Reality Steve's Twitter.

For those unfamiliar with Steve, he is the WikiLeaks of Bachelor spoilers. No one knows how this stuff gets out, but it ends up on his blog and he is good.

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How on Earth was a contestant who isn't even eliminated yet named the star of the sequel? We have no idea, and we obviously can't confirm this now.

But odds are still pretty high that Ashley Hebert, the perky dental student and pride of small town Madawaska, Maine, will be the next Bachelorette.

If true, it's not shocking she didn't win The Bachelor. Brad has stronger connections with Chantal O'Brien (the rumored winner) and Emily Maynard.

What is surprising is that Emily, with stunning looks and a touching story that seemed destined to land her the starring role, is not The Bachelorette.

Just the same, Ash is no slouch herself. She's down-to-earth, smart, fun and cute as they come. What do you think of the move? Vote below ...

Would Ashley make a good Bachelorette?

 

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Gia Allemand and Vienna Girardi both vied for Jake Pavelka on The Bachelor, but it's another gentleman from the franchise who has them both in a Twitter tizzy.

Wes Hayden, Jake's competition for Jillian Harris on The Bachelorette, and who later wooed Gia on Bachelor Pad, was rumored to be dating Vienna last week.

While Hayden denied the rumor, it didn't sit well with Gia.

Gia: The Bachelor

Gia (left) finished third on the season won by Vienna Girardi.

"I guess I can hope to be The Bachelorette now that Wes is dating Vienna!" Gia Tweeted Tuesday, half-seriously lobbying for the lead role this summer.

"It's sad that people make up lies (Gia) that I'm dating someone to get sympathy and attempt to become The Bachelorette," Vienna Girardi replied.

Gia's reply: "[You are] a bad friend [and] everyone saw you guys at the reunion and in Texas. And [you] approached me. Hope they got it on camera."

"The world already knows [your] true colors."

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The Bachelorette runner-up Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright, a former contestant on The Bachelor herself, have found love on the reality shows after all.

Chris' followers on Twitter likely put together that he and Peyton, who vied for the love of Andy Baldwin a few seasons ago, were an item. Now it's official.

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"Yes, I have," he told People at a Bachelor reunion party in New York, when asked if he found love. "We met at another Bachelor function," Wright adds.

Together since August, the couple hit it off right away.

"It's one of those things where I've had a ton of serious relationships and I met this kid and he was genuine, outgoing and hilarious. We just click," she said.

At the cast reunion event, which reports say doubled as a Bachelor Pad 2 casting session, Chris Lambton had no regrets about turning down The Bachelor.

"It's just not me," he said. "Sitting at home and watching the season with my family weirded me out. I wanted to find love on my own, not in that situation."

Good answer, especially now that's found Peyton. She's a pretty great catch, we admit ... although Chantal O'Brien and Emily Maynard are too. Just saying.

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Former Bachelorette contestant Julien Hug was found dead yesterday. The star of the season he appeared on, Jillian Harris, is “completely heartbroken” over it.

“I am completely heartbroken for the Hug family. My whole heart goes out to them today as they mourn a precious life that ended far too soon,” Harris said.

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“It’s very difficult to find the words to express my condolences.”

Julien Hug's death hit close to home for Jillian Harris.

Jillian Harris describes Hug’s death as “so so sad” and remembered him fondly. He received a rose the first night and spent some one-on-one time with her.

“I will always remember Julien’s gentle demeanor and kind heart, which will be sadly missed,” she said of the 35-year-old Californian, who had gone missing.

His fellow cast member and longtime friend, Kiptyn Locke, said “I knew him before the season. He was one of the most positive selfless people I knew.”

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Julien Hug, who wooed Jillian Harris on The Bachelorette in 2009, has died. He was found dead on Wednesday, according to Riverside County (Calif.) officials.

Hug's body was found in a remote area off Highway 74 near Pinyon Pines around 11 a.m. local time. The 35-year-old had been reported missing several days prior.

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Officials say an autopsy has yet to be performed and the cause of his death is under investigation. Jillian Harris herself responded to the tragic news on Twitter.

Bachelorette hopeful Julien Hug has passed away.

"Please say a prayer for the loss of a friend this morning," the Canadian Bachelorette wrote her followers. "Life is fragile, don't forget to love the ones you love."

In 2009 on The Bachelorette, Julien Hug was one of 30 bachelors introduced to Jillian and received a rose that night. By the second episode, however, he was out.

Our condolences to his family and friends.

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