01/18/2012 at 11:00 AM EST
Emily Maynard is looking for love on TV – again!
The sweet and likable winner of Brad Womack's season
of The Bachelor
will return to the franchise as the next star of The Bachelorette
, show sources confirm to PEOPLE.
Maynard, whose rocky engagement
to Womack ended last summer
, was reluctant to appear on The Bachelorette
because she didn't want to be away from her young daughter Ricki. But, a source says, the show is moving production to their hometown, Charlotte, N.C., to accommodate, Maynard, 25.
And who's hoping to be one of Maynard's suitors?
Bentley Williams, who famously burned Ashley Hebert
on her season of The Bachelorette
by wooing her while admitting to cameras that he had hoped Maynard
would be the one handing out roses, is interested in competing, according to show sources.
ABC had no comment on the casting news.