Hey, boys! Meet the new Bachelorette!
Desiree Hartsock will star in this summer’s ninth edition of ABC’s The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison announced tonight during The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.
She did not get the right man, but now Desiree Hartsock will get 25 men instead.
She started out as one of 26 women vying for Sean Lowe’s heart on The Bachelor, but now fan favorite Desiree Hartsock (known affectionately as Des) will be calling the shots this summer as the latest star of The Bachelorette.
Desiree Hartsock and The Bachelor Nation faithful thought she would happily end up with America’s favorite Bachelor, Sean Lowe.
Their relationship started off incredibly strong, but somewhere along the way Desiree lost her confidence. After struggling to regain what they once had, Sean and Desiree seemed to be on the right track – until the hometown dates
Millions watched, stunned, as Sean sent Desiree home, and they fell even more in love with her as she struggled to tell him he was making a big mistake.
In the end, it was Catherine Giudici, a 26-year-old graphic designer from Seattle, Washington, who received Sean’s final rose.
“I just can’t even believe I’m here. With the support of everyone, it’s just such a blessing,” she said after Chris Harrison announced her on Monday’s After the Final Rose special.
“I could never have imagined signing up for The Bachelor and having this opportunity.”
The 26-year-old bridal stylist will finally have her chance to put her wedding knowledge into practice this summer when she tries to find love amongst hand picked suitors from across the country.
And she certainly did have support with other contestants and the Bachelor himself endorsing her.
“I know Des has moved on, and I’m hoping she gets a second chance at love – maybe on the next season of The Bachelorette? She would definitely get my vote,” Sean said last week on his blog for People Magazine.
The 26-year-old revealed she is playing for keeps – she wants to find the one, writes the Daily News.
‘I’m ready, I’m open and I’ve seen it happen,’ the stylist said, referring to Sean and Catherine’s relationship.
After being on the show Des says she believes you can find someone perfect:
“I did realize that the feelings are real – the emotions that you go through.
“It is a real relationship and I’m going to have many of them.
“I know that it can happen and one of them will be hopefully my true love, as cliché as it sounds.”
Desiree, 26, moved numerous times with her family as a youth and eventually settled in Colorado.
After her high school graduation, she moved to California where she attended Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FITM) in Los Angeles.
She is currently an operations manager at a bridal salon and a bridal stylist, but that hasn’t stopped her for shooting for the stars.
She is confident that in the future she will be a bridal gown designer who owns her own boutique.