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Mario Lopez to host Miss America -- will they add a lingerie round?

November 4, 2009 |  4:32 pm

Mariomerica Mario Lopez has been tapped to host the 2010 Miss America pageant, Gossip Cop and others are reporting, making that his third time in the job.

Yes, we refer to the same Mario Lopez who donned a leather corset and garter belt for a recent episode of the FX series "Nip/Tuck."

Wait, aren't people supposed to wait till after they're done with the whole Miss America experience before they get caught posing in that kind of get-up? Maybe it's just a "third time's the charm" thing for Mario.

An interesting competition might be shaping up among some of these event hosts, you know. Ricky Gervais is no stranger to embracing his masculinity (to accompany an interview in the UK's Observer Magazine).

Alec Baldwin's been working his hairy chest for years. Hey, whatever works.

And last year's Oscars host, Hugh Jackman, clearly set the bar nice and high for everyone involved.

So, um, we're thinking maybe Daniel Craig should get to host the Grammys or VMAs or Country Music Awards or something?

Please?

And as for Steve Martin ...

We don't think anyone, ever, could hold a sexy candle to this:

Wild

We've loved you the longest, Mr. Steve. Don't you ever change. Especially not into women's lingerie.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Mario Lopez hosted Miss Teen USA in 2007, top, but Steve Martin's been wild and crazy since the late 1970s -- when Mario was about 5 years old. Credits: Rick Salyer, top; Los Angeles Times file photo, bottom.

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