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Family of Jillian Harris Pumped For The Bachelorette

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Relatives of the first Canadian Bachelorette, Jillian Harris, are proud of their girl and keeping their hopes up that she'll find reality TV love this summer.

"I hope she finds that best friend she is looking for, her soulmate," said aunt Mona Harris from the family's quaint 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 told the Edmonton Sun.

Jillian's rising stardom has become the talk of the town since she was named the star of the fifth installment of The Bachelorette last Tuesday night.

On The Bachelor, the fan favorite came in third behind Melissa Rycroft, who won but was son dumped, and Molly Malaney, who's now with Jason.

Jillian Harris, Jason Mesnick Pic

Jason Mesnick dumped her, but now the tables are turned and it will be Jillian Harris, 29, who will have her pick of 25 eligible suitors as The Bachelorette.

Given how The Bachelor turned out, Jillian's parents think it was a blessing in disguise that their daughter was eliminated before the final rose ceremony.

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

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

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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