"Dreams do come true."

Those are the inspiring words of a Rochester woman who fell in love with a good man and is now on the hunt for her wedding dress.

If you're familiar with the popular TLC television show "Say Yes To The Dress," then you'll be interested to know that a SouthCoast native will star in an episode on Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.

"I knew that there was an application online and I've watched the show since I was a little girl," Jensen said. "I always wanted to get my dress from Kleinfeld Manhattan and my mother pressured me to submit. However, I was doubtful and told myself they were not going to see this. I finally applied and I was honestly and ridiculously beyond myself. I was answering the questions not thinking anyone would read it and I got an email back two weeks afterward on June 28, 2021."

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Jensen received the email while house-hunting down in Tennesee with her fiance. She tells Fun 107 that she had a Zoom call with the producers of the show. She's been a fan of host Randy Fenoli since the start so this was an experience she'll never forget.

"The biggest takeaway of this whole adventure was just getting to shop at Kleinfeld," Jensen said. "Just watching the TV show was a fairy tale, so being able to walk into Kleinfeld was very surreal as well as an eye-opening 'Oh, my God, I'm getting married.' That moment solidified it for me."

Courtesy Jillian Jensen
Courtesy Jillian Jensen

Jensen and fiance Clay Taranto recently moved to Tennessee. The couple is the definition of two peas in a pod. Jensen is in a band called Amber Eyes. The same day the episode airs, she has a special surprise for the man she loves.

"My band and I recorded this song that I wrote for Clay that will also be released on Saturday as a single," Jensen said. "It's all about that man who is currently in the other room playing video games that I love with all my heart."

The performer is no stranger to TV. She auditioned for judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and LA Reid on the second season of "X Factor." Her emotional performance has racked up hundreds of millions of views online since.

She later competed on a season of "American Idol," becoming one of the top 15 women.

Courtesy Jillian Jensen
Courtesy Jillian Jensen

Jensen will return to the SouthCoast late on Wednesday. She'll perform Thursday at Burt Wood School of Performing Arts in Middleboro and Friday at the Music Room in West Yarmouth.

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