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Jillian Harris, the intelligent, independent, passionate woman who fell just short of her goal -- hoping that Jason Mesnick could be her best friend, soul mate and future husband on the just completed hit season of “The Bachelor” -- will have her own opportunity to find true love, starring in the fifth edition of “The Bachelorette,” which airs on ABC starting May 18.

An instant fan favorite on the last edition of “The Bachelor,” Jillian, 29, immediately charmed America with her irrepressible humor and emotional honesty. She currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and works as a restaurant interior designer, successfully supervising projects in both Canada and the U.S. Vivacious and energetic, She always lives life to the fullest, but she is ready to settle down with her soulmate and is confident that she can find the love of her life on “The Bachelorette.” Jillian, who has enjoyed being part of a tight knit family, is an only child and is excited at the thought of starting her own family.

The green-eyed beauty scored points with Jason the first night she met him. Finding a creative new way to “grill” a guy, Jillian disclosed her unusual theory about discovering a lot about a man from the condiments he puts on his hot dog, and she immediately put Jason to the test. Her adventurous spirit and resourceful, resilient manner of handling a stressful family situation impressed Jason, who fit in with her wonderful and warm family. He invited her to New Zealand as one of the final three women, but even after she and Jason shared one of the steamiest hot tubs in “Bachelor” history, he still questioned whether their chemistry would last over time and sent her home.

Jillian, a native of Peace River, Alberta, Canada, graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology with a degree in interior design. In her spare time she volunteers in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program as a school tutor and mentor.