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Former Miss Tampa Competes on The Bachelor

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September

Whenever a big reality show such as Survivor or The Bachelor annonces its cast, I look over the list of names with trepidation.

Because I know, if there's a local face in the crowd, I'm going to spend lots of time watching a TV show I'd rather avoid.

Eringardner2 But no luck this year: turns out a former Miss Tampa 2004, Erin Gardner is a contestant on ABC’s reality-romance TV series The Bachelor.

She joins Lady Lake resident Jessica Kiss, an anchor for the Villages News Network, as the two Florida-based contestants among a field of 25 women vying for the affections of 34-year-old Brad Womack, a entrepreneur from Austin, Texas.

Gardner, 25, is shown admitting to a freak sports injury in which she broke her face with a football in the show’s initial episode, released to TV critics this week. ABC declined to make the University of South Florida graduate available for interview until after she is shown getting ejected from the show, if she ever is.

Marydelgado The last Tampa woman to compete on The Bachelor, Mary Delgado, competed in the show’s fourth and sixth seasons, eventually becoming the final choice of competitive fisherman Byron Velvick.    

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:40pm]

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