So now Jillian Harris will try to bring sanity to the "Bachelor" process.
She brings two key advantages: She's Canadian and she's female.
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The last few guys have been absurd. One went through the whole process with 25 bright and beautiful women and chose no one; viewers wondered why they had bothered. Then Jason Mesnick kept choosing and unchoosing.
He went with Melissa Rycroft and they said they were going to be happy forever. Then -- in an hour that was taped six weeks later -- he said he really wanted Molly Malaney of Grand Rapids instead. In the next hour, taped six weeks after that, Molly said she was OK with it and was moving to his home town in Seattle.
This is a strange way to conduct romance, life or television. We're reminded again that the "Bachelor" version has never produced a marriage; one "Bachelorette" has.
Now the show returns to "Bachelorette" turf. In a show that will start in May and heads into the summer, Jillian will be choosing from 25 guys. She finished third this time. People liked her. She's now an interior designer in Vancouver, but she may be the first TV star to come from Peace River in Alberta, Canada. That is, one hopes, where sane people are raised.