One contestant with Maryland roots is competing on national television — all in the name of love.
Taylor Nolan, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Stevenson University, is in the running for a chance at romance with Nick Viall on ABC's dating show "The Bachelor."
While Viall has had some experience playing games of the heart on TV (he is a two-time runner-up in ABC's "The Bachelorette" and also appeared on the spinoff "Bachelor in Paradise") — Nolan got her first shot during Monday's season premiere.
The 23-year-old mental health counselor — who recently opened her own private practice in Seattle, according to her personal blog — received a rose and moved on to the next round, despite her uncomfortable choice of introduction.
"I am so excited to be here. Before coming, all my girlfriends were like, 'No! He's a complete piece of [expletive],'" Nolan said to Viall after first meeting him. To which he replied, "OK."
"But I don't believe them or anyone else who thinks that. Otherwise, I wouldn't be here."
Nolan, who is bi-racial — with a black father and a white mother — said on the show that making connections while growing up were difficult because she didn't fit in, but she's hoping to make a love connection with Viall.
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Find out whether Nolan receives another rose in next episode, which airs 8 p.m. Monday on ABC. You can also read our recap of the first episode here.