From Reality TV to Broadway

Real-life sorortiy girl is new 'Elle Woods'
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2008 11:30 AM CDT
Bailey Hanks, winner of MTV"s reality show "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods," poses for a portrait in New York.   (AP Photo/Ed Ou)
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(Newser) – In just a year, Bailey Hanks has gone from sorority girl to reality TV star to Broadway star. The 20-year-old preacher’s daughter from South Carolina beat out nine other hopefuls on MTV’s Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods and made her stage debut on Wednesday, ABC News reports.

“Everything happened so fast I didn’t have time to be nervous,” said Hanks. “I just have butterflies—excited butterflies. I’m in a dream world.”