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Maybe she should go on The Bachelor.

After all, despite being young, talented and famous, Ciara says that doesn’t necessarily mean that dating is easy.

“It’s definitely tough at times,” the singer, 21, told People magazine. “I’m now past my year mark of being single, and I’ve got to say I’m a big fan of love. Being in a relationship is one of the most beautiful things, and I’m looking forward to being in a relationship.”

At the same time, Ciara — who dated rapper Bow Wow before she let him go for some reason in April 2006 — says she’s in no rush to get back into something serious, like the Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack marriage.

“I’m also at a place where I want to be patient and do it right,” she says. “I’m one of those girls that when I date, I date to marry, so I like to take my time and really get to know a person. I do meet people and run across people, but it’s all about building a friendship.”

So what does she want in a potential mate?

“I look for someone who is down to earth, has a great personality and is respectful — someone who just loves to have fun and has goals,” she says.

Does that sound like Blake Lewis to anyone else?

Ciara is set to accomplish a goal of her own when she directs her first music video: She’s participating in Glamour magazine’s Reel Music Project, which supports emerging female recording artists. Fans can log on to and listen to music by singers Tiffany Evans, Paula Campbell and Samantha Jade and then vote on their favorite.

Ciara will direct the debut video of the singer with the most votes.

“This is my chance to direct my first video, and it’s such a cool opportunity,” Ciara says of the project. “It’s all about embracing the women in this industry.”

Amen. After this week, there’s a good chance those women will include Jordin Sparks.