While Emily Maynard’s season doesn’t premiere until May 14, 2012, we’ve got some preseason scoop for devoted Bachelorette fans. Check out the latest stories below — including filming updates, new contestant videos, and some sad elimination news:
Toto, we’re not in North Carolina anymore! Emily Maynard and the ABC Bachelorette crew flew south last weekend to the Caribbean, where Em’s suitors have been wining and dining her for almost a week. The Season 8 contestants spent the week frolicking around the tropical island of Bermuda — both on land and at sea! Read more here.
Ryan Bowers won Emily Maynard’s first rose and got to take her out on the first one-on-one date of the season. In this new video, recorded in early 2012, Ryan thoughtfully discusses the presence of religion in his life — something we already know is really important to Emily in finding the right guy. Does Ryan have what it takes to get the final rose? Check out the video here.
Bye-bye, bachelor! Thanks to Spoiler Superman Reality Steve, we now know one name not to get attached to: Mr. Aaron Martell. Aaron has reportedly been sent packing and is back in Los Angeles teaching biology to high school students (and he wasn't the first guy sent packing). For more on Aaron’s departure, including a few photos of the hot science teacher, click here.
ABC is reportedly paying Emily $250,000, that’s more than twice the usual base salary paid to Bachelors and Bachelorettes. Ashley Hebert, star of The Bachelorette Season 7, reportedly made $100,000 for her tenure. Read more here!
Reality Steve reports the ABC crew has packed up and moved Bachelorette filming to Toronto, Canada.