"The Bachelorette": Emily Maynard begins her search for love

On the premiere, "Episode 801," Emily's journey begins in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives with her six-year-old daughter, Ricki. After saying "good night" to Ricki, Emily arrives at a southern mansion where she meets her 25 potential soulmates who have traveled across the country. They include a biology teacher, a mushroom farmer, a marine biologist and a ex-professional football player. Emily is nervous, but her anxiety slips away and soon turns to laughter as a single dad produces a glass slipper and proclaims her a princess; a youthful entrepreneur swoops in on a skateboard; a party MC shows off his dance moves; and a southern gentleman brings something special that symbolizes his dedication to protecting her and Ricki. But although one man's grand entrance in a helicopter impresses Emily, it only makes him a target of jealousy and ridicule from the other bachelors, in the eighth edition of "The Bachelorette," the female version of ABC's hit romance reality series, premiering MONDAY, MAY 14 (9:31-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN) TONY, EMILY MAYNARD ABC/CRAIG SJODIN

Emily Maynard meets the 25 bachelors in the season premiere of "The Bachelorette."
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(CBS News) Single-mother Emily Maynard began her quest for love Monday night on the season premiere of ABC's "The Bachelorette."

The 26-year-old Mayard began the show with a different tone than previous women in her place, stating, "My ultimate goal in all of this is to meet somebody that I could marry and have children with and that could be that father figure in Ricki's life."

Maynard was referring to the daughter she had with her finance, NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, who was killed in a plane accident in 2004 before she gave birth to Ricki, who is now 6.

Instead of greeting the 25 eligible bachelors in the traditional "Bachelorette" house in Los Angeles, she met them in a the relocated bachelor pad in Charlotte, N.C., where she lives with her daughter. She asked producers for this concession so she could keep her child's life relatively normal.

Of the eligible men, some are parents as well, including Tony, from Beaverton, Ore., who came holding a pillow with a glass slipper and Doug, from Seattle, who greeted Maynard, saying, "I'm a hugger. Hope that's OK?"

Other interesting arrival pickup lines came from Travis, an ad sales rep, who came holding an ostrich egg, saying, "throughout this journey, I will take care of this egg like I will take care of you and Ricki," and Aaron, who whipped off his glasses, saying, "I'm a high school biology teacher, but I'm here to have chemistry with you."

After arrivals, the men tried to do their best to make an impression on Maynard, who wore a nude-colored dress. Brent tries to impress her with photos of his six children; Chris shows her two bubbleheads (one carved in his image and the other in hers); Doug brings her a note from his 11-year-old son, saying why he should ultimately get the final rose. That tactic won him the first impression rose.

In the end, she gave roses to Chris, Ryan, Kalon, Arie, Charlie, Jef, Nate, Sean, Joe, Kyle, Aaron, Alejandro, John, Alessandro, Michael, Stevie, Tony and Travis.

Tell us: What did you think of the first episode of "The Bachelorette" ?

  • Camille Mann

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