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April 4, 2007
I want a tiara!

19STIL0737db.JPGI'm soooo bummed! I just received an announcement that Sacramento will be hosting a casting call this weekend for "American Princess," a new show on the WE (Women's Entertainment) network.

Hey, I played "princess" as a kid with my friends, dressing up in their older sisters' cast-off prom dresses and sporting faux crowns. But this show offers a chance to wear a real crown and spend time in a real castle.

Alas, the age requirement - 18 to 30 - and the marital status - single - make me a non-candidate. The only requirement that I meet is being employed. But then there's that part about enjoying a challenge. Too tired.

However, if you're a younger woman with no ball-and-chain and you've got some excess energy, a zest for life and would like to wear a tiara, here's the scoop on the audition process:

It will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Empire Events Center, 1417 R St. You need to reserve a time slot by calling (212) 367-7434 through Thursday. After that, call (646) 772-4157.

The show is looking for 12 women from all over the U.S., including Sacramento. The lucky 12 will travel to New York (all expenses paid) to be groomed and taught how to be a princess by some of Britain's top royal experts. That would be walking, talking, curtsying and wearing princessy dresses, etc.

If you pass muster in the Big Apple, you'll be one of nine contestants who advance to the next level - in London! You'll live in a castle for a month and get more training. Probably stuff like walking with a book on your head.

Of course, just like with pageants, only one contestant can be the winner. She gets an official title, a boatload of prizes, a big wad of cash and, yes, a diamond tiara that she can bobby-pin on for the Gala Ball in her honor and attended by international celebrities (maybe Sanjaya from "American Idol") and royalty (cross your fingers for Prince William).

If you love "Cinderella," maybe glass slippers are in your future.

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