Mario Lopez to Host Miss America Pageant

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Uh-oh. Think Karina Smirnoff will get jealous?

After all, her favorite beefcake, Mario Lopez, will be surrounded by a bevy of beautiful women when he hosts this year's Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.

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"I'm honored. I think it's going to be great," Lopez told The Associated Press.

We're guessing he was saddened to learn this actually isn't the Miss USA pageant, though. That means no Tara Conner sighting. Miss America will air Jan. 29 from the Aladdin Resort & Casino.

Having proved he can dance on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, the 33-year-old actor said he didn't plan to sing the pageant's "There She Is, Miss America" theme made famous by longtime Miss America host Bert Parks.

"I really don't sing," Lopez said. "I like to sing, but I don't sing well."

A recorded version of Parks singing the anthem played as Miss Oklahoma Jennifer Berry was crowned at last year's pageant, held for the first time outside Atlantic City, N.J.

Lopez actually has hosted other pageants including a Miss Teen USA pageant in 2003 in Palm Springs, Calif. But, no, he has yet to meet Katie Blair.

He attributed recent scandals involving beauty queens - see Katie Rees pics for full disclosure - in other pageants to mistakes by a select few contestants. A select few hot contestants, that is.

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