ABC has announced DeAnna Pappas, the 26-year-old Neunan, GA real estate agent who was twice rejected by The Bachelor eleventh-season star Brad Womack, will serve as the object of affection for 25 men when The Bachelorette's fourth season premieres this summer.

ABC had formally announced it had ordered a new The Bachelorette edition earlier this month, however the network had kept mum on the fourth season's details -- including the identity of the season's star or whether, like the show's earlier editions, it would feature a woman cast from The Bachelor's pool of previously jilted bachelorettes.

However despite ABC's silence, Pappas had already made it clear that should the opportunity be offered, she'd be thrilled to return in The Bachelorette's lead role.

"Of course I would," Pappas told Reality TV World during a November interview.  "I believe in the experience and I believe that it can truly happen, and it happened for me.  I'm sorry that Brad didn't have the feelings on his end, but I believe it and I think it can happen and I would be honored if they asked me to do it."

The Bachelor's Fall 2007 eleventh season ended with Womack failing to present his final rose to either one of his final two suitors -- Pappas or Jenni Croft, who reunited with her former live-in boyfriend immediately after The Bachelor's filming.  Womack subsequently rejected Pappas a second time during The Bachelor's After The Final Rose broadcast.

"DeAnna demonstrated her assertiveness and independent nature during the series, setting her apart from the other women," ABC gushed in announcing Pappas as The Bachelorette's next star.  "She also showed off top bartending and cooking skills, and additionally enjoys white water rafting and camping with her friends."

The Bachelorette first premiered in January 2003 and featured original The Bachelor runner-up Trista Rehn as the object of affection.  More than 30 million people watched Rehn choose Ryan Sutter as her man during ABC's February 2003 broadcast of The Bachelorette's first season finale. 

Ten months later, ABC aired a three episode series that detailed the events leading up to their December 2003 wedding ceremony.  Over 17 million viewers watched Rehn and Sutter exchange vows on ABC's Trista & Ryan's Wedding finale broadcast. The couple welcomed their first child -- Maxwell Alston Sutter -- late last August.

The Bachelorette's second installment premiered in January 2004 and starred The Bachelor fourth-season third-place finisher Meredith Phillips.  She selected Ian McKee during the show's February 2004 finale broadcast, which drew 13.5 million viewers, and the couple ended their romantic relationship in February 2005.

The Bachelorette's January 2005 third edition starred Jen Schefft, who had originally accepted a marriage proposal from Andrew Firestone at the conclusion of The Bachelor's Spring 2003 third installment.  However she called off her nine-month engagement to Firestone in December 2003, opening the door for her to star in The Bachelorette.

Schefft went through the motions and narrowed the field down to only two guys, Jerry Ferris and John Paul Merritt, but eventually rejected the marriage proposals of both men in the end.  She's since penned a relationship guide about living single and recently voiced her support for Womack.

Chris Harrison will return as The Bachelorette's host, and the show is currently casting male suitors for the show's fourth season.  Additional casting information is available via ABC's website.