Eliminated Bachelorette: Cut Emily Some Slack!

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She may not have won Bachelor Brad Womack's heart in the end, but Ashley Spivey knows just who should get Womack's coveted final rose.

"In watching the show now, I still feel the same way I did when I left and I think Ashley [Hebert] and Emily [Maynard] have the strongest connection with Brad," Spivey told reporters following her elimination this week. "[When] he says [what] he wants in a wife, they meet the qualifications best."

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Though Spivey admits she was closest to Hebert during filming, the 26-year-old eliminated contestant sympathizes with Maynard, the 24-year-old single mom who lost her fiance in a 2004 plane crash.

Envious of Maynard's alone time with the bachelor initially, Spivey now believes Womack wasn't playing favorites, as some of the other contestants have implied.

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"Brad doesn't want people to ever be sad or have hurt feelings. He doesn't want to offend anyone. I think that's why he pulled Emily away a lot," Spivey says, referencing Maynard's cozy one-on-one winery date that led to her opening up about her tragic past. "I felt a little envious that he never did something like that for me, but at the same time I can see why he did that with Emily."

And Maynard has the potential to make it all the way, says Spivey.

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"I don't think people give her enough credit," says her pal.

"She is very strong and if everyone would quit talking about [her past] long enough, they would see that she's ready to move on and she's ready to start a new chapter in her life."

The Bachelor airs Monday at 8 p.m. (EST) on ABC.

By Allison Corneau for UsMagazine.com. For more Channel Surfing, click here.

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