Emily Maynard, the sweet, Southern single mom who Brad Womack proposed to his second time around on The Bachelor, will be the next Bachelorette, a source confirms to EW. ABC had no comment. People, which broke the news, says production on the show will reportedly move to Charlotte, N.C., so Maynard doesn’t have to be away from her daughter Ricki. Ricki’s father, Ricky Hendrick, was killed in a plane crash in 2004, right before the then 18-year-old Maynard learned she was pregnant.
What do you think? If we learned anything from Ashley Hebert’s season of The Bachelorette, it was that men wished they could compete for Maynard’s hand. So producers shouldn’t have a problem finding suitors. Maynard seemed genuinely concerned about the example she’d set for her daughter during her Bachelor appearance, and made sure Womack knew she only agreed to join him in the Fantasy Suite on their overnight date so they could spend more time talking. It will be interesting to see how she navigates the show’s standard hot-tub dates, not to mention the pressure of having to show more than one man affection during a pre-rose ceremony cocktail party. Moving production to North Carolina is a sign that producers’ hearts could be in the right place, but when sources tell People that Bentley Williams — the villain of Hebert’s season — is reportedly interesting in wooing her, they better be. When the Bachelorette has a child — especially one who never knew her father and has already been exposed to a public Bachelor breakup — the audience needs to be able to respect her. If Bachelor Ben Flajnik can tell producers to find him professional women with nice legs so he doesn’t get stuck with the usual crop of wild 23-year-olds, Maynard should be able to veto Bentley and tell them she doesn’t want anyone they suspect could be a douche/”there for the wrong reasons.” Drama will still ensue. It always does. But if producers look like they’re setting her up for frustration and humiliation, it’ll turn viewers off.
So what’s your snap judgment: Will the next season of The Bachelorette be brilliant or boring?