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Tennessee sweetheart Kacie Boguskie didn’t win Ben Flajnik’s heart on The Bachelor Season 16, but she pretty much unanimously won the viewers’ final rose. Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment, Kacie B. shares her feelings about the next ABC franchise on deck: The Bachelorette Season 8, starring another darling Southern belle, Emily Maynard.

As Bachelor enthusiasts know, Season 15 winner Emily, 26, has a six-year-old daughter, Ricki, whose father, Ricky Hendricks, died in a plane crash just months before she was born. While Kacie reveals she’s excited for Emily’s season, she acknowledges that life as a single mom will prove to be a “serious” test for her suitors.

“I think it’s definitely going to be tougher because she is a single mom. There might not be as much drama on her end, but I’m excited to watch her season. I think it’ll be a different perspective and hopefully a more serious one. Whenever you have a child involved it is more serious, just like when Jason [Mesnick] was Bachelor and he had a son. It’s like [to contestants]: ‘Are you ready for this or not?’”

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