Bachelorette Jillian Harris Goes Behind-the-Scenes on ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’
No one is more excited to have Jillian Harris on Extreme Makover: Home Edition than Jilly herself. The bubbly third-place contestant on Jason Mesnick's season of The Bachelor and subsequent Season 5 Bachelorette is now a designer on EM:HE and she was featured on Sunday's episode, dedicated to the Marshall-Spreier family in Pocatello, Idaho.
Here's the family's heartwarming story: "When the 2,000 square foot home of a single mother of nine caught fire, breast cancer survivor Jane Marshall and her children were awakened by Betsy, the family dog. Thanks to Betsy, everyone was able to get out safely. To celebrate the Marshall-Spreier family’s enduring human spirit in the face of difficulty, Ty Pennington and the EM:HE design team not only built them a new house in just seven days, but also found ways for some of Betsy's dog brethren to get involved in the transformation of this music-loving family's home."
Jillian tweeted a steady stream of comments as the show aired, including her love for Kylie Minogue — a breast cancer survivor, like Jane — who sang a song for the family:
"This ambush was so fun... the family had no idea we were coming to suprise them!" "Honestly, this is so inspiring - it brings back such fabulous memories of how this family changed me. Thank you Marshal Spriers" "I was so excited to work on the girls room, ESPECIALLY when I learned they loved fashion & photography ... yey!" "What do you think of the color of the house guys? I wasn't sure about it until I saw it all done.. ballsy but bold!" "Ok if you haven't tuned in yet, change it to ABC and see who's up after the commercial break ... I have a girl crush!" "I ALWAYS cry at this part ... always ... #movethatbus" "ok ... my new fav gal @kyliemonogue she is SO sincere, down to earth & best part ... we have the same style! :)" "Sophies room is so 'me' ... I had so much fun decorating it!"