The 8th season of The Bachelorette premiered on May 14, 2012. The season featured 26-year-old Emily Maynard, a children's hospital event planner. Maynard was chosen by Brad Womack in the fifteenth season of The Bachelor, but they split after the show.
The season was filmed in Maynard's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she and her daughter Ricki Hendrick live (along with the child's paternal grandfather; the child's father died before she was born), rather than Los Angeles, marking this as the first time a show in The Bachelor franchise has taken place in the Southern United States and also the second time one has been filmed on the East Coast since New York City in season three.
She ultimately chose Jef Holm and accepted his proposal.
The season began with 25 contestants.
Finalists Chris Bukowski, Kalon McMahon, and Tony Pieper returned in the third season of Bachelor Pad. Bukowski finished in 3rd/4th, McMahon in 9th/10th, and Pieper in 7th/8th. Third place finalist Sean Lowe was featured in the seventeenth season of The Bachelor, over runner-up Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and The Bachelorette season 6 winner Roberto Martinez. Lowe was later featured on the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars partnered with Peta Murgatroyd in which he finished in 6th. Bukowski crashed the tenth season of The Bachelorette on night one, but bachelorette Andi Dorfman decided she didn't want to meet him. Bukowski and McMahon then returned on the first season of Bachelor in Paradise. Bukowski quit in 20th/21st, while McMahon was eliminated in 17th/18th. Bukowski returned yet again for the fourth time on the second season of Bachelor in Paradise but quit the same week he came to paradise in 22nd place. He then announced that he would retire from the bachelor franchise and this would be his last appearance. In September 2017, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was announced as the Bachelor for the show's 22nd season.
- Episode 6 featured a non-elimination bottom two in which John and Doug were made safe after Ryan and Travis eliminated early in that episode.
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|No. in season||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Week 1"||May 14, 2012|
|Season 8 premiere: Emily Maynard begins her quest for love in her hometown, Charlotte, where her 25 suitors are predictably charmed by Emily. And Emily is charmed by a letter written by one man's 11-year-old son. But not all contestants charm each other (most notably, the guy who arrives by helicopter) and, not surprisingly, the opening cocktail party has its share of contention. At the rose ceremony later, Emily pares the field to 19.|
|2||"Week 2"||May 21, 2012|
|After the 19 remaining competitors for Emily's heart move into a Charlotte mansion, one of them gets the first one-on-one date: a concert by the country band Gloriana. Thirteen others perform with "Sesame Street" Muppets and Emily to raise funds for a local hospital. There's also an altercation between two of the guys that almost comes to blows, and a one-on-one date at a resort Emily remembers from her childhood. After the rose ceremony, 16 contestants are left.|
|3||"Week 3"||May 28, 2012|
|Sixteen bachelors remain, and one of them scores a one-on-one date with Emily that includes a private concert by country singer Luke Bryan while another escorts her to Dollywood in Tennessee, where they're serenaded by Dolly Parton herself. But 12 others face a grilling on parenting from friends of Emily, and are then put to the test by a bunch of rambunctious kids. Following an evening that includes a particularly volatile cocktail party, 13 guys are still standing.|
|4||"Week 4: Bermuda"||June 4, 2012|
|Emily and her 13 remaining suitors visit Bermuda, where one tours the historic town of St. George with her, and eight others compete at a Yacht Club of Bermuda regatta. (Emily parties with the winners.) For two others, there's a dreaded two-on-one date that includes a visit to a cliff-diving spot and dinner in a cave. One man gets a rose and the other his walking papers. Following the cocktail party and rose ceremony, 10 are left to accompany Emily to London.|
|5||"Week 5: London, England"||June 11, 2012|
|Emily and her 10 remaining suitors visit London, where one-on-one dates include a double-decker bus tour (with a buss in front of Buckingham Palace) and an etiquette lesson. Eight others go to Stratford-upon-Avon for "Romeo and Juliet"—performed by them. But only one guy can be Romeo. There's also a controversy involving one man's remark about Emily's daughter. Following the rose ceremony, Emily and the eight survivors head to Croatia.|
|6||"Week 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia"||June 18, 2012|
|Emily and her eight remaining suitors visit Dubrovnik, Croatia, where one gets to enjoy a picturesque dinner with her in an ancient fort. On the group date, the guys attend a screening of the Disney/Pixar film "Brave." Later, the men compete for Emily's attention in their own Highland games, and in the rose ceremony, Emily makes some surprising moves.|
|7||"Week 7: Prague"||June 25, 2012|
|Emily arrives in Prague with her six remaining bachelors, two of whom will be sent home. One-on-one dates include a romantic tour of the city and a playful visit to a marionette shop. Emily then takes three suitors to an idyllic castle on the outskirts of the city. Later, one of the guys becomes upset for not getting an individual date, while another takes it upon himself to sneak out of the hotel for some forbidden alone time with Emily.|
|8||"Week 8: Hometowns"||July 2, 2012|
|Emily returns to the U.S. and spends some much-needed time with her daughter, Ricki, before visiting the hometowns of her four remaining suitors. Then, it's back to Los Angeles for another rose ceremony.|
|9||"Week 9: Curaçao"||July 9, 2012|
|Emily arrives in Curaçao with her three remaining suitors, each of whom will have a chance at an intimate, overnight date in the fantasy suite. Adventures include a helicopter tour of the island, a sail aboard a swanky ship and swimming with dolphins in Fuik Bay. Later, she gives roses to two of the men, who will get the chance to meet Emily's family, and possibly her daughter, Ricki.|
|10||"The Men Tell All"||July 16, 2012|
|Seventeen of the rejected bachelors dish about Emily and each other, and Emily dishes about them as she looks back at the season. The hour also includes a sneak peek of the finale and the upcoming third season of "Bachelor Pad."|
|11||"Finale"||July 22, 2012|
|In Curaçao, Emily must choose between her final two suitors in the Season 8 conclusion. Both men meet Emily's family and win their approval, making Emily's decision much more difficult as she struggles to decide if she should introduce them both to her daughter, Ricki.|
|12||"After the Final Rose"||July 22, 2012|
|Emily recaps the season in a live interview with host Chris Harrison. She then reunites with her two finalists, who give their take on the outcome of the show.|
|13||"Ashley & J.P.'s Wedding"||December 16, 2012|
|Chris Harrison officiates the wedding of 2011 "Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert and her fiancé J.P. Rosenbaum, who proposed to her during the show's Season 7 finale. Included: wedding preparations; highlights of bachelor and bachelorette parties.|
Where are they now?Edit
She ultimately chose Jef Holm and accepted his proposal. Maynard and Holm ended their relationship in October 2012. Holm is currently in a relationship.
In June 2014, Maynard married Tyler Johnson, whom she met at church. They have a son, Jennings Tyler, born on July 16, 2015. They welcomed a second son, Gibson Kyle, on September 16, 2016. On August 29, 2017, they announced that they are expecting their third child in a few weeks. Their child was born on November 12, 2017.
Sean Lowe is married to Catherine whom he met on his season of The Bachelor. On December 8, 2015, the Lowe's announced via Instagram that they are expecting their first child. On July 2, 2016, they couple welcomed their son, Samuel Thomas. On November 3, 2017, they announced that they are expecting their second child.
Michael Nance passed away from a suspected overdose on May 29, 2017. He was 31-years-old.
On September 7, 2017, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was announced as the next Bachelor for season 22. His season will begin on January 1, 2018.