NEW YORK – At a bar somewhere in mid- town Manhattan, everybody is going to be hoping Billie Jeanne Houle will find love tonight.
The spirited blonde bombshell, a self-described army-brat from Upstate New York, is one of five singles who've volunteered to participate in an arranged marriage on Fox's new reality show, Married by America.
Houle, 28, an aspiring artist, pays her bills by bartending at a watering-hole (she wants to keep it private) in midtown "where everybody knows your name," she says.
After years of trudging through New York's singles scene, Houle says she's had enough and is ready to settle down -- even if it comes via one of the most unorthodox dating shows ever.
"I think it's something spontaneous and fun -- and that's the kind of person that I am," she says. "I like to take chances and I like to live life and I think this show is a great opportunity for me to seriously meet someone that I can marry that I would never have had the opportunity to meet before."
The first episode of Married airs Monday night at 9 p.m. on Fox.
Houle says she decided to participate in the show based sincerely on the belief that she stands a good chance of meeting the love of her life.
"It's seriously about finding a soul mate," she says. "Why else would I expose my life to the world? It's about getting to know me -- and who cares if TV is following me around."
The show takes over the timeslot vacated by mega-hit Joe Millionaire. But Fox execs say it's going to be hard top Joe.
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