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10. A hometown contestant
There's nothing quite like rooting for someone who hails from your neck of the woods. This is one of the reasons last season was such fun: Gaithersburg's Erin Willet and Laurel native Moses Stone (above) were breaths of fresh air in their own right, but being from Maryland made them just that much more wonderful. Here's hoping Baltimore represents this time around.
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Sep. 4, 2012