In September, Emily shot down one of her many romance rumors, tweeting to Wetpaint that she’s "Still looking for The One so if you know of any funny/cute guys.. :)" In ABC’s press release officially announcing Emily as the Season 8 Bachelorette, it stated, “Among those 25 men, she is looking for someone who makes her laugh, doesn’t take himself too seriously and can be her best friend. Emily is hoping that the third time is the charm.”
The first time was Ricky Hendrick, her late fiance and father of their daughter, Ricki. The second time was her Bachelor 15 ex-fiance, Brad Womack. Both are sandy-haired Captain America Southerners and if you scroll through Em’s dating history — real and just rumored — she does seem to like that kind of guy. And that seems to be what Rosemaster Chris Harrison has in mind for her too. Asked what type of guy would be best for Emily, Chris told TV Guide, "This is going to sound weird, but Brad Womack. ... Just a sweet gentleman who treats her like a lady and can be a great dad and is ready for that."
Em seems to be a country music fan and she still has Nashville ties, so a country-loving rough-n-tumble hottie would be good for her. Obviously he must love kids — or at least one kid named Ricki — but also cats (Emily is a big fan!), Bible quotes and shooting ranges. Our Bachelorette is a country girl and she’s probably looking for a funny, cute fellow country guy, but one who is practical about what it means to be stepdad to a little girl and not rush Emily into moving herself and Ricki to Wherever He Lives after the show.