Dudes Line Up to Date The Bachelorette

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Or at least try! A hefty number of men got in line for a chance to find true love, or at least 15 minutes of fame, in showing up for casting calls held for The Bachelorette at Tradition Square in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on February 23.

The hopefuls filled out forms and made audition tapes explaining why they should earn a spot on the reality dating show, The Bachelorette, which is a spin-off of The Bachelor. The beautiful DeAnna Pappas will star!

Both shows follow the same format in which a man or woman is allowed the luxury of choosing a mate from a handful of suitors. Each week, the unlucky bachelor or bachelorette eliminates one candidate from the group.

DeAnna Pappas Picture

For The Bachelorette's upcoming season, DeAnna Pappas, who was rejected by 11th season Bachelor star Brad Womack, is slated to frontline as the love searcher on the quest to find a husband from a pool of bachelors.

According to Mark Prutisto, director of a local ABC station that conducted the auditions, all of the tapes from this and other auditions around the country are sent to casting directors who will make the choices.

Among those who auditioned is Mike Smith, 47, from Fort Pierce, who reveals that he tried out for The Bachelorette because he has not been able to find women his age since he moved out of his native Georgia.

"I'm really not into the bar scene," Smith said. "That makes it hard to meet women unless you want to go to the Internet."

This is the second time the shows have held auditions in Port St. Lucie, and last Thursday the shows had auditions in Fort Lauderdale.

"South Florida has been great to select applicants from," Prutisto said.

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