AGE: 26
BIRTHDAY: November 13
HOMETOWN: Columbia, S.C.
SIBLINGS: None

Math Whiz
TAYLOR McKESSIE

CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ...
"My friends. I talk to my best friends four times a day. You have to have people who can go, 'Look, Diva!' and tell you when you start being demanding."

FAVORITE ACCESSORY
"I have a gajillion headbands—yellows, pinks, reds, blues. I'm obsessed."

HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED
"I was babysitting the night High School Musical premiered last year. I watched with the kids and we sang along to the lyrics. I was making $12 an hour."

SECRET TALENT
"I'm good in the kitchen. I can cook seafood, collard greens, black-eyed peas ... mmm."

NOT-SO-SECRET TALENT
"Dancing on Dancing with the Stars really broadened my fan base. I jumped off the stage backwards one week, and so many women come up to me now and say, 'You're so brave. I can't believe you put yourself out there like that.' If that inspires some girl out there, then great, because boys aren't the only ones who get to have fun. We get to have fun, too."

CELEBRITY IDOL
"Whoopi Goldberg. I love that she has had so many different colors in her career. And we share the same birthday."

BOYFRIEND?
No.

HOW SHE'S LIKE TAYLOR
"I was an excellent student, and I adopt a leadership role in life too."

HOW SHE'S NOT LIKE TAYLOR
"She's so smart in math and science—I was in way over my head in those classes."