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Jillian Harris: I'm interested in a second chance at 'The Bachelorette'

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/05/2011 

Brad Womack's second chance on The Bachelor struck close to home for fifth-season The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris who is now interested in her own second shot at finding love on the reality dating franchise.

"Of course, I won't lie that when I heard he was getting a second chance, I was a bit green-eyed and thought seriously about hitting my '[Bachelor creator] Mike Fleiss speed dial' and demanding he cough up my second chance, too," Harris wrote in a column posted on Us Weekly's website.

Despite the criticism Womack received for rejecting bachelorettes DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft his first time around on The Bachelor, Harris -- who split from former The Bachelorette fiance Ed Swiderski this past summer -- said she supports Womack's second attempt. 

"I'm floored about how much pressure is being put on Brad by himself, the media, and the girls," Harris wrote.

"I have learned a lot this year. No one is perfect, sometimes people just aren't ready, and most importantly, everyone deserves a second chance. This is why I was going crazy seeing Brad being so hard on himself. In fact, I was actually starting to get a tad annoyed by it. Don't get me wrong, I've had my heart broken more than once and know the hurt my girls Jenni [and] DeAnna felt three years ago. But Brad did something you don't see all the time; he went against the rules of the show and just followed the rules of life."

Harris -- who joined the design team of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this fall -- said she was particularly touched by Emily Maynard's personal story and identified the 24-year-old Charlotte, NC children's hospital event planner as her early favorite.

"I had to check my DVR twice when Emily's story came on, I couldn't figure out if I was watching The Bachelor or one of my Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episodes. This was the first time I think I ever sobbed watching The Bachelor (yes, that even counts my season). Emily is an absolute doll and mark my words, the world will fall in love with her in no time," Harris explained.

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