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What can I say, fellow Bay Staters - the camera loves us.Two of the eight cast members on "The Real World: Cancun," premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m.

on MTV, are from Massachusetts.

Another is a University of Massachusetts alum.Joey Rozmus, 21, of Methuen, Emilee Fitzpatrick, 21, of South Hamilton and former UMass place-kicker Christian "CJ" Koegel, 24, follow in the footsteps of homegrown "Real World" veterans Chris "CT" Tamburello ("The Real World: Paris"), Danny Jamieson (Austin), David Burns (Seattle) and Arissa Hill (Las Vegas).What makes Bay Staters so popular on the small screen?"I think a lot of us are just kind of stubborn and we are definitely kind of (expletive).

We are bitter for six months of the year because of the winter.

People around here have such crazy personalities, from being mean to nice, to really crazy.

The people from the area who have been on the show, you can tell we have something different going on," said Rozmus."The Real World," now in its 22nd season, puts a gaggle of young strangers in a house and films their daily lives.Sasha Alpert, head of "Real World" casting and a Massachusetts native, said she looks for geographic diversity, but Bay Staters have that special something."People respond to people from Boston.

(They have) big personalities that are immediately recognizable as Northeasterners.

Straight talkers are great; they don't hide what is on their mind.

They are great to have in the cast because you don't have to wonder what they are thinking," said Alpert.In keeping with that assessment, Rozmus isn't shy.The lanky punk rocker was kicked out of high school twice, first for cutting class and getting drunk during school at Methuen High, then for cutting class at Concord High School in New Hampshire."I was never really a school person.

I think my favorite part of high school was not going to high school.

I was just young and dumb and wanted to party all the time.

I was just into partying and I still am," said the member of the band Late Nite Wars, which plays the Middle East in Cambridge on June 30.Press notes for the show hint that Rozmus' celebratory lifestyle becomes a problem in the house.The former T.G.I.

Friday's bartender said he also believes in UFOs and claims to have seen one hovering over Windham, N.H."A lot of Mexicans believe in aliens because it goes hand in hand with the Aztecs" and their beliefs, Rozmus said of his Cancun experience.Fitzpatrick, a waitress at Hooters in Saugus, and Koegel, an NFL hopeful, knew of each other "through the grapevine" before arriving in Mexico, said Rozmus.The three aren't the only ones in the house to share a geographic bond.

Friends Jonna Mannion and Derek Chavez bartended together in Arizona.
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