Before America finds out if Jillian Harris of “The Bachelorette” has a fiancé on Monday’s season finale (8 p.m. ET on ABC), the Canadian cutie spoke with PEOPLE about why she didn’t pick Reid, her final two, Ed and Kiptyn, and who would make the best ‘Bachelor’ of the bunch. — Carrie Bell
Why isn’t Reid in the final two?
When it got down to the final three, I needed more time. I had to make a choice and no matter whom I let go, I would have been broken hearted. I had good chemistry with Reid and was falling for him, but he never said anything that indicated that I could be the one … He was too uncertain.
What are the pros and cons of Kiptyn?
Look at him. He has a nine-pack. He volunteers. He’s smart. He’s eloquent. He has a huge heart. He lives in San Diego. He’s athletic. Did I say he’s good-looking already? He likes adventure. I can see myself in his life easily. A con might be that I was always worried that he’d be too passive in the relationship. I also had to push him more to get him to tell me how he was feeling. He was slower to say he was crazy about me. I don’t need anybody to say, “I will propose to you,” or “I will marry you.” That can come later down the road. But I need them to say, “I don’t want to lose you. I need you in my life.”
There was a lot of passion and emotional chemistry in the beginning. We have already been through ups and downs and survived. As you saw in his drunk bloopers, he’s really funny. I love kissing him. I love that he’s passionate about his career. But there are a lot of concerns. He made a rash decision to quit the show for his job. He says it was a mistake, but what if coming back was a rash decision he winds up regretting too? After the fantasy date, I questioned if he was attracted to me physically or if it was just nerves. After he came back, it was more stressful and serious and we weren’t having the same amount of fun anymore … I want someone to be my best friend. I see the potential in both guys. I can see them in my life but in different ways.
Did you find a happy ending?
I can’t say whether I found love or not, but I’m in such a good place now. My friends and family have noticed a difference in me. They comment that I’m on fire — that I have a new glow.
Any regrets about being the ‘Bachelorette’?
No. I got a happy ending that I wouldn’t have without signing up. Of course I have made mistakes along the way. There were people I should have let go sooner or kept longer. I shouldn’t have kissed so many guys. Actually, I don’t regret the kissing. It was fun.
Is there anyone in the group that you would like to see become the next ‘Bachelor’?
Michael Stagliano and his twin brother. They’re fun and hilarious and very interested in falling in love and getting married, so they’re in the right mindset.