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On May 27, the Bachelorette torch will officially get passed to Desiree Hartsock. Will she find true love like former stars Ashley Hebert and Trista Sutter? Or will her attempt crash and burn like Season 8 Bachelorette Emily Maynard’s?

When we caught up with Season 7 Bachelorette Ashley at the Brancott Estate Wines summer kickoff event in NYC and gossiped about the new Bachelorette on the block: Des.

“I love that she’s kind of the girl next door,” Ashley tells Wetpaint Entertainment exclusively. “She’s very relatable. I think she has a smoking hot body, she’s gorgeous, sweet, and genuine. She reminds me of Katie Holmes. I’m excited for her.”

And what about the fact that, should she find true love, Desiree’s expressed hesitation about getting married on TV?

“One step at a time,” Ashley’s hubby, Bachelorette winner J.P. Rosenbaum, says. “Don’t rush into anything. Enjoy the moment. If you fall in love, great —and if you can get married on TV, I say do it. It was a beautiful experience for us. But for now, just be in the moment.”

Sounds like great advice to us! Fans will remember how gorgeous and fun Ashley and JP’s December 2012 wedding was. And although we support Des’ decision about a televised wedding either way, we’d feel a little bummed if we watched her whole journey — and then missed out on the party!