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People Staff
December 01, 2008 04:00 PM

After a year off, Mario Lopez of Extra returns to host the Miss America pageant, to be televised live from Las Vegas.

Lopez, 35, who emceed the show in 2007, follows last year’s host Mark Steines of Entertainment Tonight.

The Miss America pageant airs Jan. 24 on TLC. – Mike Fleeman

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