New ‘Bachelorette’ Emily Maynard Announced on ‘GMA’

Start filling out your applications, boys! Emily Maynard, a fan favorite from Brad Womack’s season of “The Bachelor,” will be the next “Bachelorette,” ABC officially announced today on “Good Morning America.”

“I think she’s America’s sweetheart and I think it will be a home run,” host Chris Harrison said on “GMA.”

Maynard, a single mom from Charlotte, N.C. who ended her tumultuous relationship with Womack, 38, last summer, has signed on to star in the eighth installment of the hit reality show, which will premiere this spring. She will be the first single mom to star in the series.

“Emily feels incredibly grateful to have found her first love when she was very young, and despite not having dated a lot, knows what it’s like to be truly in love,” ABC said in a press release today. “In the past seven years, she has been looking for someone with the same spark she has for life, and she believes that she will find her soul mate on ‘The Bachelorette.’” Continue Reading…

Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart Engaged ‘I’m So Excited

Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart Engaged ‘I’m So Excited: Wedding bells are ringing for Elizabeth Smart, the young Utah woman who was kidnapped at age 14 and survived nine months of captivity.

“I’m so excited,” Smart told ABC News exclusively. ”We are looking forward to a bright future together.”

A paid contributor for “Good Morning America,” reporting and providing analysis on issues related to missing and exploited children, and a music student at Brigham Young University, Smart, 24, got engaged last weekend and is planning a wedding for ”later this year.”

“She is in seventh heaven,” said her publicist Chris Thomas of Intrepid Communications. “She’s excited, she’s enjoying life. It’s been an adventure.”

Thomas would not reveal anything related to the proposal, groom or upcoming wedding. He only said that Smart and her family were “still working to finalize some details.” Continue Reading…