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Sara Rue sheds before she weds and makes a show of it

February 23, 2011 |  1:11 pm

Sara Rue Sara Rue -- you may remember her from "Popular," "Less Than Perfect" and, most recently, a brief stint on ABC's "Eastwick." But the former Jenny Craig spokeswoman will be back in prime time Wednesday night hosting "Shedding for the Wedding," a reality show on the CW about engaged couples competing to lose weight before their big day.

The couple who lose the most weight win their dream wedding. The 33-year-old actress-turned-host may know a thing or two about that, since she lost 50 pounds for her upcoming May nuptials to teacher Kevin Prince.

"It's nice to not have that be a stressful thing," she told People about the weight loss, which she pulled off with the help of a certain Miss Craig. "Planning a wedding can be stressful enough, and I'm glad I don't have that to worry about."

Perhaps she's not only serving as host but also as a real-life inspiration to the nine competing couples -- though Los Angeles Times TV critic Robert Lloyd maintains that Rue is overqualified for the hosting gig. 

Still, we think "Shedding for the Wedding" is a bit more sobering than E!'s dreadful "Bridalplasty." At least Rue's show talks about health -- though we're now wondering if she's addicted to losing weight.

"I do my maintenance by exercising and watching what I eat, but of course I may want to lose a little bit more just so I look and feel great in my wedding dress," Rue said. "On my honeymoon, I want to be able to flounce around in tiny shorts and a bikini top. That would be ideal."

Watch one of Rue's Jenny Craig commercials -- pure advertisement but cute -- below. And catch her on the show at 9 p.m. on the CW. We'll be watching with a tub of ice cream in hand.


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Photo: Sara Rue arrives at the Hollywood premiere of "The Green Hornet" on Jan. 10, 2011. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images