Seldom have so many hoped so hard for something so unlikely the definition of the modern longing to be famous on TV. Today is the last day of the five city

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Deal or No Deal Model Search. One woman will be selected for a handful of episodes to be broadcast exclusively in Canada next month.

Sparkle is hard to define, but "you know it when you see it." Mr. Brunton also produces

Falcon Beach. He knows what works on TV. But he also knows it's a mystery.

´╗┐and open a briefcase

You know what? A lot of girls say you know what. Anna Aragona says it whenever she looks aroundat the 700 women behind her, all as eager as she is to be cast as a bombshell briefcase babe on the TV game show

Deal or No Deal.

"In all honesty," Anna is saying, "I think my chances are slim. I mean, they're choosing one girl from all these that are here. But you know what? I came, I've been here since five o'clock this morning, so I'm not leaving."

The girls are auditioning to be "case babes." They have to be "physically able to walk up and down stairs in time to music and carry a briefcase." Beyond that, "hopefuls planning to audition should possess a winning combination of natural charisma, wit, warmth and enthusiasm" what John Brunton, the executive producer of Insight Production, the company that's putting the Canadian

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A man could hurt himself in here. There are women from Toronto and Sudbury and Ottawa and Windsor and Scarborough and Grimsby and Winona and everywhere else students and dental technicians and hairdressers and comptrollers and schoolteachers and receptionists. What there isn't, anywhere, is any visible shame, even though, with all the flesh and skimpy dresses on display, this could easily be a convention of high end hookers.

Anna's third in line. Anna's a knockout too, but she has two problems: She's 35 years old, and she's 5 foot 1. Casting managers from the show have been patrolling the line for an hour, bellowing "If you're under 5 foot 7 in your bare feet, you are wasting your time."

Canadian Idol and the surprise hit

It's so cold and damp outside the Royal York Fairmont Hotel where the auditions are taking place in downtown Toronto, women like Anna, who wore their strappy high heels, are rubbing their toes up and down their calves fast enough to start a fire.

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Deal or No Deal shows together for Global Television, calls "sparkle."

Deal or No Deal, as anyone who has been semiconscious for the past year knows, is the hit game show hosted by Howie Mandel, the germophobic Canadian comedian. (He never shakes a contestant's hand.) The game has brought Mr. Mandel's career back from the dead (he was Dr. Wayne Fiscus on

St. Elsewhere in the eighties), and is NBC's No. 1 show. It seduces 15 to 18 million viewers a week in the United States and about another 1.7 million in Canada.

"What percentage of these women are strippers?" someone asks the height chart girls. The height chart girls ignore the question. They're too busy making sure the girls Canada Goose Banff Parka Nz are 5 foot 7. A gorgeous girl named Sahar Biniaz, a Vancouverite who flew to Toronto from Rome just for this audition, is trying not to look like she's standing on her toes. She tries three times.