Emily Maynard on The Bachelorette Premiere: Thank Goodness For New Faces!

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Emily Maynard is happy to be The Bachelorette, and even happier that the producers didn't pull any major stunts with the casting. That we know of. Yet.

The Bachelorette spoilers for this season are still trickling in, so who knows what surprises await the beautiful single mom from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The season premiere last night was relatively drama-free and went off without a hitch, with the exception of a helicopter that had her fearing the worst.

That being the return of Brad Womack ... or Bentley Williams.

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Fortunately for Emily Maynard, the producers weren't cruel enough to subject her to her ex-fiancee, or that jackass from Ashley's season, as a stunt.

Instead, she met 25 great guys, many of whom went all out to impress her. Who made the best first impressions with the former Bachelor winner?

Some excerpts from Emily's blog about the opener below:

"First of all, I can't even begin to say how grateful and blessed I feel to be The Bachelorette. It's still hard for me to wrap my head around the idea."

"It was a big decision to come back. I was in love with Brad and what we had was very real and true, but when things didn't work out with him, I was reminded that sometimes when people grow they grow apart."

"I can't tell you how many times I said no, but I know God allows us to meet people at the right time and I just hope this is the right time for me."

"I put a lot of pressure on myself to make it work because I've been in this situation before and in a way feel as though I've already had my chance."

"It's always scary meeting new people for the first time, especially like this! I wasn't sure if I would like any of the guys or if any of the guys would like me, but so many of my fears were calmed after just the first limo."

"I definitely felt a connection with a few of the guys and it made me confident that my decision to come back was worth it. So many of the guys stood out to me. Even though he was the last to show up, I think I have to start by acknowledging Kalon."

"What an entrance! A million thoughts were going through my mind. I was extremely nervous it was Brad or possibly Bentley! I was relieved to see a fresh face."

"As extravagant as the helicopter was, Jef showing up on the skateboard was way more impressive in my mind! I immediately loved that he wasn't trying to impress me with some over the top entrance."

"Anyone who knows me knows I have an extreme love for shoes, so Tony hit it out of the park with his glass slipper entrance."

"He did a great job making a memorable impression because as he walked away he made me realize how much I want the fairytale ending and how this time I really hope the glass slipper fits and I find my Prince Charming!

"Last but not least, Doug. What a sweetheart! The letter his son wrote to me was one of the sweetest things I have ever received and if anyone can appreciate how hard it is being away from their child, it's me."

"I'm so grateful that Doug took a chance on love, and I was honored that he saw something in me. It meant a lot and I wanted him to know that I would take a chance on him too and that's why I gave him the first impression rose."

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Emily Maynard Biography

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Emily Maynard is a contestant on The Bachelor. She is vying for the heart of Brad Womack here in Season 15. Emily was the former fiancee... More »
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