'Bachelor' Runner Up Turns the Tables

updated 07/19/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/19/2002 12:00PM

All's fair in love and war, right? Trista Rehn, the 29-year-old physical therapist who lost in the competition for the affections of 31-year-old single guy Alex Michel on ABC's reality show "The Bachelor" last spring, will return to televised dating in January 2003 as "The Bachelorette," the Associated Press reports. In the six-episode series, Rehn will choose from 25 guys. "Now that I'm on the 'other side of the rose,' so to speak, I hope to find an ambitious and confident man who has a great sense of humor and is a strong conversationalist," Rehn said. ABC's effort isn't the only one to turn the tables on "The Bachelor": Later this month, NBC will air a one-hour reality show called "Meet My Folks," in which three suitors have to spend a long weekend with the object of their affection and her parents, and undergo a series of tests, including a lie detector. The winner gets a parent-sanctioned week with their main squeeze in Hawaii. As for the original "Bachelor," Michel asked his winner, 23-year-old event planner Amanda Marsh, to move to California so the two could continue their relationship. They are still dating, the AP notes.

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