The Bachelorette: Jillian's Gal Pals are on "the Ed Bandwagon"
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
The Bachelorette is finally over, but the real drama begins when the cameras aren't rolling. As Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski start their new life together, many curious fans and critics will be watching their every move and prying for updates on their relationship, whether it's going up or downhill. In last night's After the Final Rose special, the Bachelorette couple revealed that Jillian is moving in with Ed in Chicago this September and will likely be walking down the aisle in the next 12 months. While some viewers don't think that their relationship will last, there are still a lot of Jillian and Ed supporters who believe otherwise, including Jillian's girlfriends.

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Shannon Long, Jillian's best friend since kindergarten, had no idea who Jillian's lucky suitor would be until The Bachelorette season finale aired Monday night. However, she had no doubt that she had scored her prince when she saw Jillian glowing earlier this month.

"I thought that he would definitely make a good match for her -- he was one of my top competitors," Long said. "I'm absolutely thrilled for my best friend. I think Ed's amazing -- he seems like an amazing, perfect pick for Jillian. I can't wait to meet my new best friend-in-law."

Gal pal Karissa Schuler, who grew up with Harris in Peace River, was also rooting for Ed.

"We were all on the Ed bandwagon -- he just seemed like a really down-to-earth guy," she said.

Like Jillian's gal pals, I also have high hopes for Ed and Jillian. While there's a pretty good chance (given the past Bachelor track record) that their relationship may end in shambles, there's still that optimistic part of me--of all of us--that believes she made the right choice with Ed and that she really will get her fairytale "happily ever after" ending.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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