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Melana Scantlin

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Originally posted 04/15/2004 1:41PM

April 15, 2004 THEY GROW 'EM PRETTY THERE ... Is there something in the water in Missouri, or what? It seems Average Joe's Melana Scantlin and Larissa Meek of Average Joe 2 were not only beauty queens – they both won crowns in the Show Me state. Larissa was Miss Missouri USA 2001, and Melana was Miss Missouri USA 2002. And the new Miss USA, Shandi Finnessey, is also from – you guessed it – Missouri (this is not to be confused with Miss America, which is a different pageant system altogether. Don't ask.) So, will Shandi take her shot on reality TV? "Definitely not on Average Joe," Finnessey tells us, "because if anything, I want Hunks R Us!" Producers, take note.

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Romance After Reality

Originally posted 01/22/2004 11:59AM

The BacheloretteTrista & Ryan Of all the couples who have paired up on the networks' reality dating shows, why are the Sutters the only ones who have tied the knot? "There is no secret formula," says Trista, 31, who finally moved her things out of her L.A. apartment over New Year's weekend and into the four-bedroom Vail, Colo., home she now shares with Ryan, 29. "Ryan and I were obviously ready. I was at a place in my life where I was ready to move for him, because long distance is hard on a relationship. What can I say? It was in the cards for us." And do the cards also predict Bachelorette babies? "Definitely yes," she says. "We want kids. But we're happy with married life as it is for now."

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Melana Scantlin

Daily Insider for January 15, 2004

Originally posted 01/15/2004 11:15AM

January 15, 2004AVERAGE SOAP STARSDaytime TV will get a dose of reality later this month when Average Joe sweeties Melana Scantlin and Jason Peoples play themselves on an episode of Days of Our Lives. "It is a setup in a circus tent, and Jason and I are in the kissing booth raising money for charity," says Scantlin, a former beauty queen and new host of the Game Show Network's World Series of Blackjack. She confides that their future as a couple is still very much in question. "We haven't really been able to see each other in several months," Scantlin tells PEOPLE.com. "So we are just casually dating ... and dating other people."

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