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'Bachelorette' twist: Single mom seeks father figure

Emily Maynard appears on the season 8 premiere of 'The Bachelorette,' which airs on Monday, May 14, 2012. (Craig Sjodin)

May 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Emily Maynard, who was chosen by Brad Womack in season 15 of "The Bachelor," brings experience to her turn as "The Bachelorette." She also brings something viewers have never seen before: a daughter.

"I think it's really important for everybody at home to see what my everyday life is and see that I'm still packing lunches, I'm still making breakfast, I'm still doing my motherly duties," said Maynard.

Host Chris Harrison likes this new dynamic.

"You're not just trying to win her heart, you're moving in as family," said Harrison. "She's really looking for a dad, or at a least a father figure for her daughter Ricky. Her life isn't -- I'm a dad, I know this -- life isn't sexy all the time. It's not all lingerie, hot tubs and helicopters. It's soccer practice, being thrown up on at 3 in the morning. It's not always pretty. It's not all 5-star restaurants, it's grabbing a quick dinner and trying to get your kid to bed."

Maynard has no reservations about jumping into this world again. And she does come in a bit wiser.

"One of the best pieces of advice I've gotten from Ali and Ashley, past Bachelorettes who know what they're talking about, is 'Stay open throughout the whole experience, and you never know what could happen,'" said Maynard.

Catch the premiere of "The Bachelorette" Season 8 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC7.

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