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Dumped by Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor, can Jillian Harris find Mr. Right?

“I definitely know that falling in love is very, very possible," said Harris - who finished third on The Bachelor but gets a second chance at love as The Bachelorette, which premieres tonight. "And I'm obviously in a very good mood right now."

What a wonderful, vague, happy-sounding non-answer!

"[My fear going into The Bachelorette was] what if I don’t fall in love? What if I get to the end of it and I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel? Is it really possible?" Jillian Harris added. "But I can say that that is not a problem."

I'm definitely feeling the way I wanted to feel in this situation.”

Jillian and Melissa Rycroft came close to landing the single dad's heart, but fell just short. Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, the winner, are going strong.

While Harris, a 29-year-old restaurant designer from Canada, has moved on in her search for love, she says Mesnick encouraged her to do the show.

"Jason was helping me quite a bit to make up my mind to do this," Harris said. "He is somebody that I talked to and he really supported me. I had to sort of cut off my relationship with Jason [to do the show], but it’s temporary."

"I will definitely be friends with him after all of this is over."

How will The Bachelorette differ from last season's The Bachelor?

"I don't need my dad to see any more hot tub scenes!" Harris joked.

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Remember how last week, when we posted about Monday's season premiere of The Bachelorette featuring a dance-off among two of Jillian's 30 suitors?

Well, those Bachelorette spoilers were apparently based on incomplete intel.

It's a breakdance-off!

While it's unclear if producers picked a "dance instructor" strictly for this possibility, or if he receives a rose at the end of the night, dude certainly knows how to get down as The Bachelorette momentarily morphs into You Got Served.

The preview below, and the reaction of Jillian Harris, pretty much tell you everything you need to know. These guys definitely need a victory hot dog after ...

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They vied for the affection of Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor, and were both unlucky in love. Only one special young woman, Molly Malaney, won his heart.

But despite falling just shot, Jillian Harris and Melissa Rycroft captivated millions of viewers, and have come out smelling like roses just the same.

Canada native Harris is ABC’s new star of The Bachelorette, and Rycroft is a contender to win the coveted mirror-ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars.

Jillian recently declined to elaborate on her infamous hot tub scene with Jason, but she did tell People she's cheering Melissa on every step of the way.

“We are such huge supporters of each other,” Jillian Harris says of Melissa, with whom she says she became really good friends on The Bachelor.

“I’m so proud of her. I wish I could watch her more often but I’m so busy with [The Bachelorette]. But I’m definitely rooting for Melissa.”

Rycroft, who is heading into the Dancing with the Stars finale, says the feeling is mutual and that her pal will make a great Bachelorette.

“She’s one of the most genuine, down-to-earth girls I know. I absolutely adore her,” said Melissa Rycroft, who's now dating Tye Strickland.

Harris is in the final weeks of filming the new season, which premieres Monday.

Her lips are sealed regarding Bachelorette spoilers, but Jillian does promise that no matter how her search for Mr. Right goes, she won't follow Rycroft’s Dancing path.

Ever.

“I am THE worst dancer in the world,” she says.

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Jillian Harris says her hot tub scene with Jason Mesnick made her dad's jaw drop on The Bachelor, but she's not clearing the air about what happened.

In fact, the newly-minted star of the new season of The Bachelorette calls a query about the liaison "probably the most inappropriate question ever."

"I'm normally a really open girl about these things, but I mean, it's one of those things that anybody can assume that if I had a steamy make-out session with Jason and I went in the hot tub that him and I quote-unquote did it," she said.

"We can also assume that every Bachelor and Bachelorette in the history of the show has done it with people. I think being a 30-year-old grown woman who is successful in her career and has a great background with great morals and values, people can take a look at me and who I am as a person and they're entitled to their opinion."

"I was actually waiting for that question. It's funny how it fires me up because I am doing something that's very public. But let's say I had slept with Jason. Then I don't think that's anybody's business. And let's say I hadn't. That also is nobody's business."

The hot tub hookup with Jillian was one of three close encounters Mesnick shared with the final competitors on The Bachelor in New Zealand.

He eventually said goodbye to Harris, setting up the season finale in which he chose Melissa Rycroft, only to break up with her for Molly Malaney.

Whatever happened in that hot tub - again, she's not saying - Jillian Harris harbors no ill will toward Mesnick or the aforementioned females.

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What magical dates await Jillian Harris on The Bachelorette?

What difficult decisions will the Canadian cutie have to make?

How many of the 30 potential suitors that step out of the limo that first night are going to lead with hot dog / mustard jokes?

Probably plenty. But no matter what, you know two things for a fact:

  1. Chris Harrison's pimp-like role will not be challenged. He is king. Step off.
  2. Tensions will mount and sparks will fly as the gentlemen vie for the first impression rose and every one thereafter.

The Bachelorette is back, people!

Who are the lucky 30 men who will fight for Jillian Harris?

We're just 11 days away from meeting the guys on the fifth season premiere - and The Bachelorette spoilers abound as to what happens that night.

According to an ABC press release, those lucky stiffs are, in alphabetical order:

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Fresh off a stint on The Bachelor in which she finished third behind Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft but won the hearts of millions of viewers in America and Canada, Jillian Harris is set to take the helm as the star of The Bachelorette.

According to ABC's press release, the first man out of the limousine in the May 18 premiere blows Jillian away with his good looks and quiet charm.

Meanwhile, one man literally sweeps her off her feet and yet another becomes quite tongue-tied in her presence. The opening night cocktail party kicks into high gear as Jillian starts to look for the first impression rose recipient.

A tall, handsome guy attempts to woo her with Latin style, while a country crooner charms Jillian Harris with a song and two compete in a dance-off.

In a stunning, first-ever twist; five strikingly handsome late arrivals crash the party late! Jillian Harris thus becomes the first person in the history of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to have 30 suitors - not just 25 - to select from!

The original 25 quietly seethe as the new guests get their time with The Bachelorette. One reveals that he is secretly obsessed with Jillian's feet, while another wealthy businessman impresses her with his laid-back confidence.

By the end of the first night, Jillian is confident that her future husband is among this group of men somewhere, but she must eliminate 10 of the 30 bachelors, leaving 20 suitors to compete for her affections and, in the end, her heart.

Some additional Bachelorette spoilers from the upcoming season:

  • During one of the episodes, the bachelors vote for the man they'd like to send home - much to one stunned and unhappy bachelor's dismay.
  • Jillian Harris' hunt for Mr. Right will take place during intimate dates in California, Hawaii, Spain and, of course, Canada.
  • Jillian takes one lucky man on her ultimate dream date: a private concert by Grammy Award-winner and CMA Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride.
  • The guys will play pickup basketball against the Harlem Globetrotters.
  • A select few lucky fellas get to see her hometown of Vancouver.
  • A single dad from Dallas named is Tanner will be in the mix.

Exciting stuff! Click for more Jillian Harris photos below ...

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  • Jillian Harris, Jason Mesnick Photo
  • Jason Mesnick, The Bachelor Girls
  • Jason and Jillian Eat Hot Dogs

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Jillian Harris may or may not be the hottest Canadian on TV, but she made her mark on The Bachelor - and will do so again as Canada's first star of The Bachelorette!

When it comes time for her starring turn this spring, will we see the same Jillian who lost out to Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft, or a new, edgier version?

An insider tells OK! that Jillian is “getting her edge on” before filming starts later this month and that we may see a naughty side we haven't seen before.

“Everyone who saw Jillian got the idea that she is a goody-two-shoes,” the source says. “They will reveal that she’s capable of creating controversy. The producers would love it if The Bachelorette ends as dramatically as The Bachelor.

Jillian Harris, Jason Mesnick

TURNING THE TABLES: Having finished as Jason Mesnick's third-favorite girl on The Bachelor, Jillian Harris will be doling out roses and heartbreak on The Bachelorette.

Jillian Harris, 29, an interior designer from Alberta now living in British Columbia, was a fan favorite on The Bachelor and will hand out her first rose May 17.

On The Bachelorette, she’ll be pitting guys against each other, and “You’ll see her manipulating them in ways previous Bachelorettes haven’t,” the insider says.

“You may see her lying about what she’s really looking for. She may not be a fan favorite by the time she’s down to her final choice, but it’s all about ratings.”

Yes, it is. Who are we kidding, we'd love to see Jillian drop some sap for another on live TV while pimp-host Chris Harrison mediates in an "intimate" setting.

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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.

Click to enlarge more Jillian Harris pictures below ...

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  • Jason and Jillian Eat Hot Dogs
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Nearly lost amid the controversy surrounding Jason Mesnick, Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney on The Bachelor finale and aftermath was this awesome news:

The adorable Jillian Harris - who finished in third place on the controversial installment of The Bachelor - will headline the new season of The Bachelorette!

"I am so excited," said Harris, 29, an interior designer from Canada who emerged as a dark horse candidate to become Mrs. Jason Mesnick this winter.

Showing her great sense of humor, Jillian (who also goes by "Jill") jokingly thanked Jason for giving her the chance to have 25 men compete for her love.

"It's a very unorthodox way to find love. but we are living in a world where people are doing things differently," she said. "It's a great opportunity."

"I fell in love once before and I know it's a great venue for me to fall in love again."

"Seeing what Jason went through makes you realize there's no guarantees in life," Jillian Harris added. "I only hope I make the right choice the first time."

Referencing her dad's reaction on her hometown date, Jillian also made one promise about the new season: "I don't need my dad to see any more hot tub scenes."

As The Bachelorette star Jillian follows DeAnna Pappas, who infamously rejected Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor finale after being spurned herself by Brad Womack on the previous Bachelor finale. It's the circle of life, Bachelor style.

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette host-pimp, the great Chris Harrison, said that Harris has "really captured America's heart and the groundswell of support for her to become the new Bachelorette was overwhelming."

We can certainly see why. Click to enlarge more Jillian Harris pics:

  • Jason and Jillian Eat Hot Dogs
  • Jason, Molly, Melissa and Jillian
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  • Jason Mesnick, The Bachelor Girls
  • Jason and Jillian on The Bachelor
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  • Jillian Harris, Jason Mesnick

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Last night's season finale of The Bachelor was one for the ages.

After making "the hardest decision he's ever had to make," Jason Mesnick bid farewell to Molly Malaney, got down on one knee and proposed to Melissa Rycroft.

Minutes later, in an intimate "After the Final Rose" special, the single dad shocked and angered the show's fans when he abruptly ditched her for Molly Malaney.

That set up tonight's second "After the Final Rose" installment.

Bachelor host-pimp Chris Harrison recaps the events thus far, then after boring interviews with fans (really) and ousted bachelorettes, updates us on the latest.

First on the hot seat? America's Most Hated, Jason Mesnick himself.

Jason basically spews the same vague BS from last night - he had no choice and felt bad dumping Melissa, but is more in love and better friends with Molly. Zzz.

Jason Mesnick: America's Most Hated

To say this guy is unpopular right now would be an understatement.

Melissa Rycroft declined to appear, but Molly Malaney takes the stage to discuss her relationship with Jason. Things are going well lately. Jason proclaims they're in love, Molly announces she's moving to Seattle, and they make out. Yay.

Finally, Chris announces the new star of The Bachelorette: Jillian Harris!

Are you satisfied by this ending, or just disgusted? Will Jason and Molly last, or will The Bachelor soon extend its futility streak to 0-for-13?

Share your thoughts below, and click to enlarge more pictures of Jason, Melissa, Molly, and the great Chris Harrison on last night's finale of The Bachelor:

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  • Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney
  • Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft Engaged!
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  • Jason Mesnick: Bachelor Bastard

Jillian Harris Biography

The Bachelor: Jillian Jillian Harris finished third on The Bachelor. She was beaten out by beauties Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney... though many might... More »
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Jillian Harris Quotes

I don't wanna be really famous and I don't really wanna be an actress. I pay my own bills and I guess what I'm trying to say is part of me wants to stop while I'm ahead. I think I did a great job representing myself on [The Bachelor].

Jillian Harris

I've been a huge fan of the show since Day 1 and I've always looked at The Bachelorette as 'Oh my god, they're so lucky, how did they get there?' and now I'm sitting here - it's very surreal.

Jillian Harris
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