06/14/2010 at 12:00 AM EDT
Jillian Harris will be back on TV in the fall!
The Vancouver native, who got engaged
to Chicago software consultant Ed Swiderski
on The Bachelorette
finale last July, will join the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
design team for its new season, ABC tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"It is truly a dream," she says of her new gig.
Harris says she didn't envision doing another television show, but after guest-designing
on an episode in March, she realized “not many get an opportunity to do something like this and so, I am feeling so blessed."
Also joining Ty Pennington
and his construction and design crew for the show’s eighth season will be rapper Xzibit
and Leigh Anne Tuohy
, who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock
in the feature film The Blind Side
Filming for the new season starts this summer, and Harris is raring to go.
“I can’t wait to get on that bus again and make a difference!” she says. “I have been such a fan of the show for years. I watched the designers and thought, ‘Wow, what an incredible opportunity that would be,' ... And here I am one of those designers.” --Monica Rizzo