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We've seen this season's 30 bachelors and we've witnessed Jillian Harris as she narrowed down the competition to 20. Clearly, we still have a lot to learn about these guys and the two-hour premiere of The Bachelorette isn't enough to sum up their game. But there have already been a few standouts among the crowd, and some have left a really good impression, while others were just plain bad. This season's suitors are from varied backgrounds and professions, and should provide an interesting mix of men for Jillian to choose from. The 20 men left in the competition include David (trucking contractor), Jacob "Jake" (the pilot), Jesse (the wine maker), Wes (the guitar player), Mathue (personal trainer), Michael (break dancer), Robert (bartender), Ed (technology consultant), Reid (realtor), Simon (Brit soccer coach), Kiptyn (business developer), Mike (baseball camp owner), Brian (IT consultant), Sasha (gas consultant), Julien (restauranteur), Tanner P. (the foot-obsessed guy), Mark (pizza entrepreneur), Brad (financial advisor), Tanner F. (sales rep), and Juan (contractor for Argentina) Country singer Wes and smooth contractor Juan immediately caught my attention but, surprisingly, Jillian opted to give the first impression rose to David, who appeared withdrawn as he choked up and froze when he first met Jillian out of the limo. But it seemed that Jillian likes an underdog and has a lot in common with the timid bachelor, who eventually redeemed himself during their one-on-one conversation. "Sort of like a second shot at a first impression," Jillian told him while handing over the rose. "You're just very yourself, which is what I'm looking for." While some suitors were modest in their pursuit of Jillian, others tried to sweep Jillian off her feet with cheesy lines and gestures. There's Michael, who tried to stick out by flaunting his break-dancing skills, and Jesse, who tried to have an inside advantage as he wore a t-shirt that said "Aspiring Canadian" under his suit. But I think the worst line came from Mike, who asked Jillian to take a step back after just introducing himself and then threw a ball in her direction, which she caught effortlessly, while he said " Ah, you are a great catch." At any rate, it's too early to tell who among the 20 men would eventually capture Jillian's heart, and there's obviously some twists and turns along the way to make for good TV. The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison even hints that "halfway through the season, there is something different that happens with Jillian that we've never faced before." It seems like season 5 will have a lot of firsts in the history of The Bachelorette so fans should make sure not to miss it. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, May 18, 2009

* 24 (8 pm/ET Fox) Last hour, Jack took the traitorous Tony Almeida into custody and neutralized the canister of pathogen that the terrorists were planning to unleash in a subway station. But there are still unresolved issues as Day 7 draws to a close in the two-hour season finale. The terrorists have Jack's daughter, Kim, and are using her as leverage to get Jack to help Tony escape. And is Jack Bauer really going to die from his exposure to the pathogen? * The Bachelorette (9:02 pm/ET ABC) Back to the mansion, romance fans. Jillian Harris, who came in third in the battle for Jason Mesnick's heart, has taken up residence in the mansion, and tonight Jillian begins pruning her way to true love - or at least to the man on whom she'll bestow her final rose. She'll have more pruning to do than any rose-wielder ever: In addition to the 25 guys who emerge from the limos, there are five party crashers - and 20 guys will still be in the running after she's finished pruning tonight. * CSI: Miami (10 pm/ET CBS) The seventh-season finale promises fans that two good cops Horatio and Delko - turn bad. Eric puts himself in danger when he decides to aid his criminal father, and the threat comes from Calleigh's own gun when she shoots at him. As for H, viewers can determine for themselves if he goes too far to rescue Yelina and put a permanent end to Russian mob boss Ivan Sarnoff. * Gossip Girl (8 pm/ET The CW ) As the second season comes to an end, so, too, do the gang's high-school days. But what would graduation be without a little gossip? Boring. And so a scandalous e-mail from Gossip Girl arrives in the middle of the commencement ceremony, prompting Serena to retaliate. Meanwhile, the mean girls try to prompt Jenny to stake a claim for Blair's vacated Queen Bee throne, and Lily and Rufus try to work things out in their relationship. Any cliffhangers? Of course - what would a season finale be without them? * Two and a Half Men (9 pm/ET CBS) It's a safe bet that fans of the series don't wonder if Charlie and Chelsea will split, but when. The sixth-season finale might signal the beginning of the end for the couple as Mia (Emmanuelle Vaugier) returns, prompting Charlie to reconsider his feelings for his fiancée. But that all takes a backseat as Alan, Charlie and Herb rush Judith to the hospital when she goes into labor. Source Here

Jillian Harris' Dad Hopes Daughter Finds Love on 'The Bachelorette'

Jillian Harris' quest to find love begins as the new season of The Bachelorette unfolds. And like most fans, Jillian's father, Glenn Harris, is optimistic that his 30-year-old daughter will find her future husband among the 30 men competing for her attention. "I hope she meets someone that has honest and great feelings for her, and they can move forward after the show to create a solid relationship that could possibly turn into a marriage, and hopefully, a family," Glen Harris said from his home in Kelowna. Prior to being cast on The Bachelorette, Jillian first appeared on The Bachelor 13 as one of the bachelorettes vying for the affection of love searcher Jason Mesnick. She became famous for her hotdog theory of dating and came in third place in the competition. Jason ended up proposing to Melissa Rycroft but later dumped her for runner-up Molly Malaney. In spite of everything, Jillian and Jason have remained friends. "It's the type of character she is. She never holds a vendetta [against] anyone in any situation and she's a compassionate, loving human being," Glen said. Of course, Glenn wouldn't reveal any details about the outcome of the new season of The Bachelorette but says that he's extremely excited for Jillian. He's even watching the two-hour season opener with family and friends. "We won't have a big bash or event because first thing the next day, we'll be heading [out of town]," he said. "But we're all looking forward to it big time. It's been an enormous event in Jillian's life and it's affected ours as well. We're super proud of the way she has handled herself." Fans can catch the premiere of The Bachelorette tonight on ABC. Also, stay tuned for Meghan Carlson's recap of the season opener. Source Here

The Bachelorette's Jillian Harris: I'm Not Looking for Perfection

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." Source Here

Why You Should Watch 'The Bachelorette'

Like most people, I've swore off watching reality dating shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette . It's the same formula anyway: a bunch of women vying for the affections of one guy or vice versa. It's a little pathetic when you think about it because most of the men and women who come on the show are quite attractive and could easily find love elsewhere. And aside from the premise, which I think is becoming a bit stale, there's also that fat chance that the reality TV couple would just breakup after the cameras are done rolling. This season, however, the star of The Bachelorette is Jillian Harris. The 29-year-old interior designer from Canada introduced her hot dog-topping theory of dating on last season's The Bachelor (ketchup means he is an all-American boy, onion eaters are not the marrying kind, and mustard is the guy women are looking for) and she'll be putting her theory on the test once more as she tries to find love on the new season of The Bachelorette. There's nothing really different about The Bachelorette's new season except for the fact that Jillian will be pursued by 30 men instead of 25 suitors - the first in the franchise's history. I'm sure producers will have some tricks up their sleeves to shake up the show but, taken as a whole, the idea is pretty much the same as the previous seasons. What's worth watching on the show is Jillian herself. She's fun, smart and cute -some people even consider her the best thing that has ever happened to The Bachelor franchise. And seeing how she's unsure if she will ever choose one guy in the end (she actually admitted this in an interview) and is open to following in the some-what controversial footsteps of Bachelor Brad Womack by not choosing a fiancee -- well that's enough reason for me stick around. I plan to give it a shot, if for no other reason than to see what happens in the end. Will you? Source Here

Jillian Harris Keeps Mum About Controversial Hot Tub Scene

Jillian Harris is quite used to being in the public eye. After getting her heart broken by Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor 13, cameras are now following her on The Bachelorette where she's hoping to find love among 30 suitors. While she's pretty much an open book, there are still some things the 30-year-old Canadian would prefer to keep to herself - and that includes her steamy hot tub scene with Mesnick In case you missed the most recent season of The Bachelor, the hot tub scene, which apparently made Harris' father's jaw drop, was one of three close encounters Mesnick shared with the final bachelorettes on The Bachelor. Following the hot and heavy make-out session, Mesnick later sent Harris home to choose between Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney. "I think that that's probably the most inappropriate question ever," Harris told TVGuide.com Tuesday. "I'm normally a really open girl about all these kind of things, but I mean it's one of those things that anybody can assume that if I had a steamy make-out session with Jason and I went in the hot tub that him and I quote-unquote did it. We can also assume that every Bachelor and Bachelorette in history has done it with people." "I think being a 30-year-old grown woman who is very successful in her career and has a great background and great morals and great values, people can take a look at me and who I am as a person and they're entitled to their opinion," she added. But that's all in the past and Harris has moved on to find love as the new star of The Bachelorette where she was creator Mike Fleiss' third choice -something she doesn't have a problem with. "I was a third choice on last season. I know what that feels like; I'm comfortable with that," she told TVGuide.com. "They're both very beautiful, talented, outgoing, personable girls," Harris said of Malaney and Rycroft. "And just also me being placed third on the Bachelor sort of naturally places either one of them as the natural choice. So no, it doesn't make me feel like I'm third. It makes me really happy that they declined." The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 18 at 9 pm on ABC. Source Here

Meet the 30 Men of 'The Bachelorette' Season 5

The identity of 30 men that will compete for a shot at love in " The Bachelorette " have been revealed and one of them would be the future husband of 29-year-old Jillian Harris. The alpha male ranges from 25-year-old lifeguard to 34-year-old restauranteur. Instead of the usual 25 men, the bachelorette in this season gets to pick out of 30 people. However, ten of them will leave the competition as early as after the cocktail party to meet Jillian for the first time. During the party also, Jillian will hand out a rose to a guy who leaves her a good first impression. In the press release by ABC, it was said that one guy attempts to woo Jillian with his Latin charm while two will go down to the dance floor to impress her. The season premieres May 18. * Adam, (27) Olympic cyclist - Long Beach, CA * Brad, (27) financial advisor - Chicago, IL * Brian, (32) IT consultant - Atlanta, GA * Bryan, (28) high school coach - Lawton, OK * Bryce, (31) furniture dealer - Ft. Lauderdale, FL * Caleb, (27) photographer - Nashville, TN * David, (27) trucking contractor - Dayton, OH * Ed, (29) technology consultant - Chicago, IL * Greg, (31) entrepreneur - Scottdale, AZ * Jake, (31) commercial pilot - Dallas, TX * Jesse, (27) wine maker - Carmel Valley, CA * John H., (27) branding consultant - Boise, ID * John P., (29) marketing specialist - South Norwalk, CT * Josh, (25) lifeguard - Newport Beach, CA * Juan, (35) general contractor - Santa Monica, CA * Julien, (34) restauranteur - San Diego, CA * Kiptyn, (31)business developer - Encinitas, CA * Kyle, (26) graphic designer - Brooklyn, NY * Mark, (26) pizza entrepreneur - Denver, CO * Mathue, (26) personal trainer - Wichita, KS * Michael, (25) break dance instructor - Astoria, NY * Mike, (28) baseball camp owner - New York, NY * Reid, (30) realtor - Philadelphia, PA * Robby, (25) bartender -Spring, TX * Sasha, (27) oil and gas consultant - Tiki Island, TX * Simon, (26) soccer coach - Bradford, England * Stephen, (30) lawyer - New York, NY * Tanner F., (28)sales representative -Derby, KS * Tanner P., (30) financial analyst - Dallas, TX * Wes, (32) musician - Austin, TX Source & PICS

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'The Bachelorette' Jillian Harris to Pick Out of 30 Men

ABC has decided to make things a little more complicated in the new edition of " The Bachelorette ". Jillian Harris who is the only-female standing has to choose over 30 men instead of the usual 25 when the dating reality show hits the screen on May 18. When 25 men arrive to meet Jillian for the first time, they will compete for the only 'first-impression rose'. In the press release, ABC notes that a guy attempts to woo her with his Latin charm while two others battle on the dance floor. Then the additional 5 men will crash in the party and get more quality time with the bachelorette. As early as the first night, Jillian will have to eliminate 10 out of the 30 people, leaving 20 hopefuls. Some will then be selected to live in the mansion with Jillian while the rest must enjoy each other's company in another place down the hill. Additionally, the men will have to vote one out in each episode. Dates with Jillian will span from California to Spain and they will also be brought to her hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Names of the bachelors are still kept under wrap but reportedly will be announced soon. Jillian Harris was one of the finalists of recent " The Bachelor " who got eliminated third. Regarding her position now as the one with the ax, she said "I don't like hurting people and I don't like disappointing people so I'm curious to see how I'm gonna deal with that but I'm also excited that this time I get to make the right choices and who's right for me." Source Here

Jillian Harris Busy Filming 'The Bachelorette'

On May 18, Jillian Harris will get her shot at love as ABC kicks off the two-hour special premiere of The Bachelorette season 5 beginning at 9pm. But that's all for show. At this very moment, the 29-year-old restaurant interior designer may have already met her ideal match as she currently films the reality dating series in which she chooses from among a group of the country's most eligible bachelors. Harris, an instant fan favorite from the most recent edition of The Bachelor , tried to capture the heart of single dad Jason Mesnick. In the end, however, Jason still questioned whether their chemistry would last over time and sent her home. Four weeks after the controversial After the Final Rose episode, in which Jason Mesnick brutally dumped winner Melissa Rycroft for runner-up Molly Malaney, the filming of The Bachelorette began with Harris as the new season's love searcher. The Bachelorette is reportedly more than halfway through filming and the Canadian beauty isn't taking the competition lightly. But Harris' mother reveals that Jillian is being cautious. "It was a first, what happened with Jason, and I think it will make her more aware," Harris' mother, Peggy, told The Post from her home in Alberta. "What she learned was to be really careful when choosing. It will put more pressure on her." As for Mesnick's change of heart, Harris' relatives are now at peace with the fact that Jillian and Jason were simply not meant to be. "We were relieved because that could have potentially been Jillian getting dumped," a relative said. "We wondered, 'Is this for real? Could he change his mind like that?' " Following the premiere of The Bachelorette, fans can catch Jillian Harris on the show's regular time period every Monday at 8pm beginning May 25. Source Here