5 Reasons Emily Maynard is Going to Be the Best Bachelorette Ever

By Lily Sparks

Jan 24, 2012

In a network press release straight out of my dreams, ABC today confirmed Emily Maynard as the next Bachelorette. After a series of duds who've driven the Bachelor(ette) franchise to epically boring depths, Emily may just launch a reality Renaissance. Here are five reasons why you won't be able to stop watching once she takes the helm.

5. Bentley
Angel or madman? Many viewers found themselves cringing as Bentley Williams played with Ashley Herbert's emotions like so many tiddly winks during the last season of The Bachelorette. He justified his sociopathic callousness by saying he had expected to be competing for Emily Maynard, not Ashley, when he applied. Rumors are swelling that he will be returning to the show to pit his dimples against Emily's better judgement. Will he get the stinging rejection every woman in America has been longing to give him, or can he ensnare Emily in the same web of crazy that caught him his bootleg-Emily first wife?

4. Epic backstory
Emily Maynard is kind of a celebrity in her own right. Engaged at age 16 to Nascar legend Ricky Hendrick, who died tragically in a plane crash, Emily found out she was pregnant four days after her fiance's death. Her ensuing devotion to her daughter, and her level perspective in the face of overwhelming grief, makes her a real hero the audience can root for.

3. Bachelor presence
To those of us who watched Brad Womack's second stint on The Bachelor, his proposal to Emily seemed inevitable. Described by a fellow contestant as "Mother Theresa in a Barbie's body," Emily is a rare combination of surreal beauty and complete thoughtfulness. Viewers were equally unsurprised when the Southern belle broke up with tattoo therapy junkie Brad a few months after the series' January 2011 airing. She was kind of out of Womack's league, and we all knew it.

2. She's a mom
While Jason Mesnick took on the role of the Bachelor in Season 13 as a single father, the series until now has avoided a single-mom Bachelorette. Gender parity is not the highest of values down at the old Bachelor compound, so it will be refreshing to see a group of eligible bachelors brush up on their parenting skills to impress Ms. Maynard.

1. She's a princess
In the best sense of the word, Emily Maynard is a princess. She's independently wealthy, she's outrageously gorgeous, and she demands certain standards. (The series, for once, will be based in Emily's home city of Charlotte, North Carolina so she won't have to separate from her daughter.) Emily is someone I believe a room full of guys will be falling over each other to impress, not just a runner-up or a fan favorite. For maybe the first time in the history of the Bachelorette spin-off franchise, there will be real stakes involved; we won't have to depend on sheer competition and Desert Island Syndrome to run the engine. We'll have the motivating force of a compelling, gorgeous, confident woman who already has a ton of admirers. That's the original premise of the show, and I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing it play out for the first time.


... Are you more likely to watch The Bachelorette knowing Emily Maynard will be in the spotlight?

... Will Bentley return, and if so, how will Emily handle him?

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  • FlorBlyth Jan 25, 2012

    Well, if she really has got standards, might be safe to assume that it wil be a douch-free bachelorette season and we wont be seeing any Jersey Shore-esque clowns dancing around the house. Also, if we get lucky, this could be white trash-free, and she wont be ticking the "keep'em all white" box, that would make a real different season.. although, since she is from the south, we should expect a lot of accents and redness around.. ahh, nvm, we shall see.

  • LilyRoRoSparks Jan 25, 2012

    From what I understand they do get a little say in how they cast the house. For instance, the current Bachelor, Ben F, requested "professional women with great legs" *shudder*

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  • chas031 Jan 25, 2012

    Personally, I thought her loss at such an early age and positioning in her relationship was emotionally stunting to her. I can't imagine why she would do this. I can only guess Chris(the devil inside)Harrison camped out on her lawn and threw himself in front of he car every morning until she caved.

    Bentley...a waste of space and why tigers sometimes eat their young!! Needs to be neutered and set off on an island. Far, FAR away.

  • skyermay00 Jan 25, 2012

    I'm not a hundred percent sure I agree that Emily will be a great Bachelorette, while she definitely seemed like a great person and was obviously beautiful and had an incredible back story she also lacked a compelling personality. She was so boring. She was just so focused on being perfect. I think what this show is lacking is real people with real personalities and while men won't mind and will fall all over themselves to win a date with her viewers will and will be bored. Does anyone remember the island date she and Brad went on? It was just her and Brad sitting on an island and looking around. No helicopters, no repealing off of things the only thing they had to interest viewers were their combined personality and it was dull.

  • LilyRoRoSparks Jan 25, 2012

    If she ends up being too milquetoast, there are always that crazy stable of former prom kings to keep things interesting!

  • Fakistoteles Jan 25, 2012

    When does it start?

  • christieg77 Jan 25, 2012

    This WILL indeed be a fascinating season! And if Bentley comes back it will be over-the-moon-crazy, but of courses he won't last because Emily will be thinking of the welfare of her daughter as much as herself.

    I fully expect that they will be presenting her with the best of the best in terms of looks, jobs and intelligence from across the continent. A lot of the guys who have made it to the show frankly aren't all that deserving (and you could say the same for some of the women as well), but I think we'll be seeing mostly 9's and 10's. Fascinating!

    Having said all that, and to answer Price, well she certainly acted like she was above it all when she broke up with Brad and asked that she be kept out of the public eye from then on (once again.. for the sake of her daughter... and I am confident we are going to get very tired of hearing about her daughter by ep 2). So why is she back exactly?Nobody forced her to come back to the circus and she is putting her kid back in the limelight. So I won't be as sympathetic this time around.

    Also, am I the only one who is not so enamored by a 16 year old who is clearly stupid for getting engaged, and then wow, even more stupid to get knocked up. That doesn't impress me at all to be honest. So is she above all this? Nah I don't think so.

  • priceiswrong Jan 25, 2012

    She sounds great! Now I feel bad for her that she has to go through this circus again. Doesn't she seem kind of above it?

  • LilyRoRoSparks Jan 25, 2012

    I thought she was way too cool for school when she came in as a contestant. I mean, her in a room with those other crazies as her "competition" was ridiculous. Maybe she's curious now to see the process from the other side and pick the vacation spots. But yeah, she is out of the Bachelorette's league big time.

  • chas031 Jan 25, 2012

    PRICEISRIGHT!!! Get a dog. The relationship will last longer, her daughter can at least know the affection is genuine, and the mess on the floor will truly be an accident!!