Emily Maynard is the next Bachelorette. Old news, I know, BUT for the first time since hearing it, I’m sort of excited. My initial reaction to the reveal wasn’t positive. I was disappointed that the franchise would again go with a runner up instead of bringing in fresh blood. On the heels of my disappointment in goofball Ben’s fiasco of a season, I was ready to give up on all things Bachelor/ette. I guess I could just be feeling the need for optimism, but I think there’s potential that Emily’s season could be one of the best ever.
There’s no denying that Emily has the “it” factor. The camera loves her. After catching part of the episode this season where Ashley and Ally helped her dress shop, I was charmed by her charisma. It seems like a given that the Bachelorette should be beautiful (inside and out, but for now let’s focus on the out), but how many seasons have we dealt with disappointments in this area? Sure we fell in love with Ashley, Ally, Jillian, and Jen, but not since Trista have we really seen the total package. Part of the fun of watching the Bachelorette is to see gorgeous, dreamy men fall all over themselves and compete for the girl! For the first time in a great while there’s the chance a group of men will indeed, truly be gorgeous AND dreamy because it seems like all men find Emily to be gorgeous and dreamy!
Then there’s the fact that she might be beautiful on the inside as well. I’ll admit that after her season with Brad, I indulged in the gossip and rumors that she was probably in it for the publicity and fame, but I think I may have to revise that opinion. I started thinking about the fact that the show is making the unprecedented move to hold events in her hometown instead of making her come to LA. The fact that she demanded this shows she really does put family first and isn’t just interested in another Hollywood experience. She wants the men to see where and how she lives and to be able to make a commitment fully knowing what they’re getting into. That’s savvy.
Finally, I’m excited because after a season like Ben’s, how can this one not be better? Anything in comparison will seem like a success. On Ben’s season watching the women was tiring and icky. Men are always more interesting to watch in the house. The villain angle with Courtney really hurt viewers buying into Ben’s final choice. We’ve already seen the “Bentley” character that wanted Emily over Ashley, so hopefully there won’t be any major villains involved.
The elements are in place. You’ve got the girl that every man desires. There will be men that every woman will want to watch. The tragedy of Emily’s past with her first love and her experience with Brad will have the audience hungering for a true “love that heals all” experience! If the producers can keep their grimy hands out of it and let a realistic and genuine love story unfold, this could turn into one of my favorite seasons ever.