Mandi Bierly
January 31, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EST

This just in: DeAnna Pappas — the brunette who took Bachelor Brad Womack’s decision to stay single the hardest — will be the new Bachelorette when the show returns this summer. According to the ABC press release, the 26-year-old real estate agent from Georgia is assertive and independent, and enjoys cooking, bartending, white water rafting and camping. She has also “traveled all over Europe, putting her Greek ancestry to good use.” “Interested and eligible men” — I love that they felt the need to spell out eligible — can throw their hats into the casting ring by logging on to or calling 866-739-3150.

Personally, I’m all for DeAnna being the Bachelorette because (a) it’s always more fun when the contestants know something about the Bachelor or Bachelorette and (b) you know if this show is going to have a full run, DeAnna will need to lead more than one man on. Let’s see how she handles that. (I suggest she revist my translation of Brad’s psychobabble.)

Are you in?

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