Former Moorhead woman competing on new season of 'The Bachelor'

Alaska native with ties to the Fargo-Moorhead area will compete on the popular reality TV show "The Bachelor," which premieres tonight on ABC.

Colton Underwood
Colton, America's new Bachelor, receives a rose from Becca on last season of "The Bachelorette." Paul Hebert, ABC

AGUORUA HILLS, Calif. — Dressed in a fitted, navy-colored suit, a hopeful gentleman waits nervously on wet flagstones for the first car to arrive.

With 30 hopeful and glamorously dressed women stepping out of the limo in front of Villa De La Vina, more commonly known as the Bachelor Mansion, only one will stay long enough to win the heart of this year's Bachelor, Colton Underwood (probably).

With Cinderella arriving in a horse-drawn carriage, MANY jokes about the Bachelor's lack of... "experience" with a woman (he's a virgin) and even a sloth, the grand entrances give the women their first chance at making an important first impression. However, for some Fargo-Moorhead residents, one of the young hopefuls may look familiar.

Elyse Michelle applies makeup to Miss North Dakota International Pageant contestant Abby Polries in 2013. Michelle will compete in season 23 of the reality television show "The Bachelor," which premieres Jan. 7, on ABC. Forum File Photo

Elyse Dehlbom, a 31-year-old auburn-haired makeup artist from Soldotna, Alaska, might be remembered by people in the metro as the owner of a makeup studio in the Moorhead Center Mall just a few short years ago, when she worked professionally as Elyse Michelle.


In a December 2013 article about her job, she told a Forum reporter that she had been doing makeup for clients since she was in grade school, and had moved on from fixing her sister's hair and makeup for homecoming to preparing brides and pageant contestants for their big days. She even made her own cosmetics.

While she has relocated to Scottsdale, Ariz., since her 2013 interview with The Forum, locals can see how this former local does on the 23rd season of "The Bachelor" when it kicks off with a three-hour premiere at 7 p.m. Central Monday on ABC.

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