EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 69-year-old dental hygienist and breast cancer survivor from East Haven will make her debut on “The Golden Bachelor” on Thursday night.
Peggy Dercole is one of the women (all over the age of 60) who will date 72-year-old Gerry Turner during the show’s run. Keep an eye on her during the first night — she’ll have her blonde hair down and will be wearing a blue, ruffled one-shoulder dress.
She was featured in a video playing “red flag or gold flag” answering if memorizing a person’s phone number is a red flag (yes, she said, unless she asks you to).
“The Golden Bachelor” will premier on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern.
In East Haven, the community was buzzing with excitement for the show.
“I think he’s a very nice-looking man,” Katie Hosfelt said.
Mayor Joe Carfora said the town is “ecstatic.”
“This brings us back to the old Nick Fradiani days when he was on ‘American Idol,'” Carfora said. “So, we’re happy she’s representing East Haven. We wish her all the luck in the world. We will be following her.”
Tootsie Franco, 93, and her daughter, 53-year-old Sheila Vallombroso, are rooting for Peggy.
“I think it’s about time,” Vallombroso said. “Diversity is nice. And, I do think it’s nice that they are opening up beyond a younger generation.”
Katie Hosfelt agreed.
“This generation is at its peak right now, and we really need to be seen,” she said.
Dercole received a rose during the premiere of the “The Golden Bachelor” on Thursday night.