Here He Comes, Miss America … Host

A local boy who grew up to be a star has been selected as the host of the 2009 Miss America Pageant.

Mario Lopez, who first emceed the event in 2007, will return as host this year, pageant officials said Tuesday. Next year's pageant will take place in Las Vegas on Jan. 24.

"I'm thrilled to return as host of Miss America Pageant on TLC and look forward to joining the contestants this January in Las Vegas," the Chula Vista native said in a pageant news release.

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