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

Elyse Michelle (right), seen here in 2013 applying makeup to Miss North Dakota International Pageant contestant Abby Polries, will compete in the 23rd season of reality television show "The Bachelor," which premieres Jan. 7, 2019, on ABC. Forum file photo

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 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.

She relocated to Scottsdale, Ariz., since her 2013 interview with The Forum. The 23rd season of "The Bachelor" kicks off with a three-hour premiere at 7 p.m. Central Monday on ABC.

As for Underwood, he played college football at Illinois State and had four tackles as a defensive end against North Dakota State in a 2013 game at the Fargodome.

Emma Vatnsdal

Emma Vatnsdal is a Features writer, focused on telling stories about people, places and all the interesting things that come along with it. She earned her degree in multimedia journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead and joined the Forum Communications team in 2018. She grew up in the far north town of Roseau, Minn. and has a thick Minnesotan-Canadian accent. Follow her on Twitter @emmajeaniewenie.

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