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This article by Jamie Saxon was prepared for the July 7, 2004 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Beast or the Beauty? Reality TV Hits Princeton

OK, you’ve got your TiVo programmed to record every episode of Survivor, the Bachelor, and Extreme Makeover — and you had your own Apprentice finale party. Admit it. You secretly want to be on a reality TV show.

You might just get your chance — on Thursday, July 8. If you’re feeling the slightest bit frumpy (or can make yourself look frumpy) or if you have a boyfriend who, um, needs a little sprucing up, make plans to walk around downtown Princeton that day from about noon to 2 p.m. “Ambush Makeover,” the new Fox TV reality show, is sending its style agent to roam the streets of Princeton in search of what it calls a target, but dare we say victim?

The style agent will entice the target to undergo a dramatic change, receiving treatments at Spa Therapia, 932 State Road (Route 206) and b&b Color Studio, 49 State Road, both of which were recently featured on the Learning Channel’s “A Makeover Story.” The Princeton princess or prince-to-be will get totally new hair — cut, color, and full styling — a complete makeover, and will spend part of the day on a fashion shopping spree. The results will be aired o n Fox in the fall.

There’s just one catch. If you’re chosen, and say yes, you have to drop everything immediately so you can be whisked away to become a beauty queen – or king. At the end, voila, a new you.

–Jamie Saxon

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