The Bachelorette's Jillian Harris: I'm Not Looking for Perfection
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV

Viewers are about to witness Jillian Harris as she begins her journey to find love on The Bachelorette, premiering Monday, May 18 on ABC. The former Bachelor 13 contestant will be the first in the reality dating franchise's history to have 30 suitors vying for her attention but she assures fans that she's "not here to date and mess around." She's actually hoping to find the person she's going to spend the rest of her life with and that's a very serious matter for the Canadian beauty.

"I need somebody who embraces [my quirkiness] and who finds humor in it. And who also has a little, yes, some humor and some of their own quirky characteristics for sure. I definitely don't want perfection I'm not looking for perfection," Harris told reporters.

Harris finished third on The Bachelor 13 after being rejected by love searcher Jason Mesnick during the penultimate Rose Ceremony. Mesnick then proposed to Melissa Rycroft during the show's finale only to later decide to dump Rycroft on-air for a second chance with runner-up Molly Malaney. Despite her futile efforts to find love last fall, Harris remains optimistic. She is single after all and there's no harm in giving it a shot, right? Harris, however, is aware of the criticism she might endure on The Bachelorette, just like what happened to Mesnick when he decided to ditch Rycroft for Malaney.

"If I have to go through the same criticism that Jason went through, and maybe even make the same bad decisions -- I hope that I don't -- but I'm here to find that person and I'm really serious and very passionate about it," she said. "So to be in the public eye for a couple of months in order to find a lifelong happiness for me is totally worth it."

Understandably, Harris wouldn't reveal how The Bachelorette will end. But she does say that she's still struggling with her decision.

"I can't tell you whether it would end in marriage.  But all of the people that I have left are remarkable people and I have not met anybody like these guys," said Harris. "It's so difficult to know how to choose the right person in the end. And as you know I have not chosen that person yet, so I'm still struggling with that decision."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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