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By SHARON FINK, Times Staff Writer
Published March 25, 2004

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL: It's Yoanna House of Jacksonville or at least it is according to the TV show that Tyra Banks started as part of the "I'm much too smart to be just a model; I can create a TV show about models" part of her career.

House was chosen Tuesday in the UPN series' second-season finale by the show's four judges after they vacillated between House and the other finalist, Mercedes Scelba-Shorte, according to UPN. (Sideshow is relying on a news release for this information because we, like the rest of the country, were watching American Idol instead.)

Judges Banks and Eric Nicholson, senior fashion editor of Jane magazine, eventually persuaded the other two to go for House. Nicholson said House has "the X factor." Banks loved that House "lives and breathes modeling."

House was shocked to win because, she said, she had never won anything. "I was always just there," she said.

BUT SHE'LL HAVE A HARD TIME DETHRONING AMERICA'S CURRENT TOP MODEL: No way she can work it like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Carson Kressley, who was in top form at a New York movie screening Tuesday while no one was watching House on TV.

THIS SHOULD BOOST US ON FORBES' BEST CITIES FOR SINGLES LIST: Elimidate, the syndicated dating show in which four men compete for one woman on one date, next week airs the first of six shows shot in Tampa this year.

Kicking things off are Melissa, a 26-year-old nail technician from Tampa, and bachelors Duane, 22, a Tampa business owner; Patrick, 28, a Tampa bartender; Jeremy, 26, owner of a Palm Harbor valet company; and Phoenix, 24, from Valrico (no occupation listed in a show news release).

Melissa will narrow the field to one while the group goes to the Florida Aquarium and Club Prana in Ybor City. The show airs at 11 p.m. Monday on WMOR-Ch. 32, after The Jerry Springer Show.

(Tampa was No. 27 on Forbes' 2003 list.)

HE WAS REALLY ALIVE! FOR A WHILE! When the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this month, we mentioned that three of the nominated soap opera actors were now off their shows because their characters had been killed.

We feel obligated to report that not long after that, one of those characters showed up alive. Chad Brannon's alter ego on General Hospital had been assumed dead in a hotel fire, but he really pretended to have died because he accidentally set the fire and thought it would be a good opportunity to mess with his ex-wife and her fiance, and the woman who is going to have his child but lied to him about it because she had married someone else.

But this week, while confronting the ex-wife, Brannon's character was shot to death by a SWAT team and really died.

Though stranger deaths have been reversed in soap opera land.

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