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THE BACHELORETTE - On premiere 'Episode 801' Emily's journey begins her hometown Charlotte North Carolinwhere she lives with her six-year-old

THE BACHELORETTE - 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) CHRIS, EMILY MAYNARD

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Updated: June 15, 2012 8:05AM

ABC’s newest bachelorette is a doll, literally. Chicago contestant Chris Bukowski presents Emily Maynard with a custom-made bobble-head doll of her — and one of him — on Monday’s premiere. “They’ve been through a lot already together,” Bukowski, 25, tells Maynard, 26, who seems instantly smitten with the Sears Centre Arena sales manager. “Chris is super hot and so thoughtful,” the single mother says. “I like him a lot.”

Lori Rackl, TV critic

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