ABC has opted to go with a familiar face for the 21st season of its hit reality dating series “The Bachelor.”
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."
Well, here we are. It’s Nick Viall’s fourth run at finding love on national television.
By Abby Draper
Jan 03, 2017 | 9:16 AM
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.