Mother of ‘The Bachelor’ contestant gives insight into daughter

HOWLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – Howland native Jillian Anderson will be a contestant on the new season of “The Bachelor,” which premiers at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.

She couldn’t talk because of her contract with “The Bachelor.” Her mother, Jean Dillion, of Howland, couldn’t talk on camera either,  but over the phone she gave WYTV 33 News anchor Stan Boney Anderson’s story.

Anderson, 25, will compete against 29 other women for the heart of Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who finished third on the 10th season of “The Bachelorette.”

Anderson grew up in Howland and her mother was a body builder. From a young age, Anderson also was a Howland cheerleader and would later become a cheerleading ambassador for the Washington Redskins.

After graduating from Howland High School in 2007, where she was on the homecoming court, Anderson also would graduate from Youngstown State University in 2013 and go on to work on the assignment desk at the FOX affiliate in Washington D.C., and later for FOX News on Capitol Hill.

The ABC promo of Anderson states that she would let Mike Tyson feel her bicep, because she has followed her mother, and now competes in body building competitions herself. She won the figure competition in Annapolis, Md., in 2013.

She has two sisters. The older one, Ashley, lives in Champion and the younger one, Shelby, was a Marine and now lives in Georgia. Dillon is a nurse at North Side Hospital.


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