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Here Come The Newlyweds

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If you're surprised to learn that not one but two couples on the second season of "Here Come the Newlyweds" are from Utah, you're not alone."We were shocked," said Jed Hinkins of Cedar City, one-half of one of those couples."Totally shocked," his wife, Sarin, agreed.

"When the other couple (Andrea and Matt Smith) walked in, Jed and I turned to each other and said, 'They're Mormon.' We didn't know if they were from out of state.

And then when they said they were from Utah, we were just totally shocked."As were the Smiths, who live in Cottonwood Heights."It was surprising," Andrea Smith said.

"We were, like, 'Wow! More Mormons on here.' ""High-five!" Matt Smith added.There have been lots of Utahns on lots of reality/competition shows of late, ranging from "Survivor" to "American Idol" to "So You Think You Can Dance." The most recent season of MTV's "The Real World" featured two Utahns (out of eight cast members).But, given that thousands of couples applied to be on "Here Come the Newlyweds," the odds would seem to have been against the four Utahns."I mean, nine couples and two of them happen to be from Utah?" Sarin Hinkins said.

"How weird is that?"Story continues below"Newlyweds," which begins its second season tonight (Monday) at 9 p.m.

on ABC/Ch.

4, is sort of a cross between the "Newlywed Game" and "Survivor." The nine couples compete in a variety challenges, adding money to a pot that grows from week to week.

(Last year, it ended up totaling $465,000.)One couple is voted off each week; the winner takes home the cash.But "Here Come the Newlyweds" is a kinder, gentler reality show.

There's a bit of drama, but it's pretty much all in fun.Both Utah couples watched the show last year and saw the notice encouraging people to apply."We filled out the application, not really expecting anything.

We just kind of thought we'd do it for fun," Sarin Hinkins said.

"And then it took off from there.""We thought our chances were one in a million, but we ended up getting on," Andrea Smith said.

"We just thought it would be a fun experience."Matt Smith didn't take the application process particularly seriously.

Not even after filling out the long written application and getting an e-mail from the producers asking for an audition video."I told Andrea, 'There's no way I'm going to make an audition tape,' " Matt Smith said.


It's not happening.

I'm not going to embarrass myself."But then the producers called and asked for a tape, which is "when I kind of got serious about it," he said.All four are native Utahns.

The Smiths are from Sandy (he went to Brighton High; she went to Alta).

Sarin Hinkins is from West Jordan (West Jordan High); Jed is from Orangeville (Emery).Page:123Next >
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