Our Top Five Picks for
The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard

emily-bachelorette.jpgPhoto: Courtesy of ABC

As many of you know, single mom, North Carolina native, and all-around babe Emily Maynard has taken on the starring role in ABC's beloved reality show, The Bachelorette. With the sixth episode airing tonight, the blonde beauty will travel to Croatia along with her daughter Ricki and the eight remaining contestants to continue on her journey to find love. Reports are already coming in that Emily has accepted a 4-carat Neil Lane engagement ring and that she is engaged. "The final bachelor was led through a grand sky-blue gate to where Emily stood," an insider revealed to Life & Style. "The proposal took place in the middle of the night, which gave it a more intimate feel." All that's left to determine is who proposed.

In anticipation of tonight's episode, we break down our top five remaining contestants and tell you what we really think their chances are with Emily:

arie.jpgName: Arie Luyendyk | Age: 30
We can think of one word for this blue-eyed race car driver (ironically, the same profession as Emily's late-husband): Adorable. It's safe to say they have been absolutely smitten with each other since their Dollywood date. But when Emily got word a certain contestant labeled her daughter "baggage," Arie failed to come to the rescue. Can he make it up to her tonight or has she already labeled him unreliable?

sean.jpgName: Sean Lowe | Age: 28
The Texas native seems to be a close-to-perfect match for Miss Maynard. Why? Not only is he a fellow blondie, but he's super close with his family and, like Emily, takes his faith seriously. There's no doubt the two have a connection. And did we mention the guy is sweet as pie? We're keeping our eye on this one!

chris.jpgName: Chris Bukowski | Age: 25
Even after preaching experience over age, Chris remains the token "youngin" of the group. We couldn't help but swoon over his cute dance moves when he nabbed the very first date with Emily. It's obvious the Illinois-native has some chemistry with The Bachelorette, but how deep it will go remains unknown...

travis.jpgName: Travis Pope | Age: 30
The quickest way to Emily's heart for this Mississippi Advertising Sales Rep has been through the funny bone. Who doesn't have a soft spot for this confident funny-man? Cracking her up on group dates and lightening the mood during rose ceremonies has put him in the front running with Emily. The question is, will it keep him there?

jef.jpgName: Jef Holm | Age: 27
Talk about a wild card. Emily has had special eyes for the sweetheart entrepreneur since the initial rose ceremony. Close talks and similar life goals have built a strong foundation between the two, but the romance department has gone at a much different pace. We all know time is of the essence, so if this Utah-native knows what's up he better turn up the heat, fast.

Tune in tonight (on ABC, 8/7c) and follow us live on Twitter @Brides to hear some juicy live commentary!

—Gray MacDonald

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