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Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: The star of “Jersey Shore” and its spin-off “Snooki and JWoww” has dubbed herself the “Princess of Poughkeepsie,” although she grew up in nearby Marlboro.

Reality stars from the Hudson Valley

Many reality TV stars hail from or have lived in the Hudson Valley, appearing in popular shows such as "American Idol," "Jersey Shore" and "The Voice."

Mariah Carey: The pop star and new “American
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Mariah Carey: The pop star and new “American Idol” judge lived in Bedford during her marriage to Tommy Mottola.

Nicole
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Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: The star of “Jersey Shore” and its spin-off “Snooki and JWoww” has dubbed herself the “Princess of Poughkeepsie,” although she grew up in nearby Marlboro.

Tom Cotter: This Stony Point comedian earned second
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Tom Cotter: This Stony Point comedian earned second place on the seventh season of NBC's "America's Got Talent" (pictured right, with host Nick Cannon).

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Carly Rose Sonenclar: The Mamaroneck teen's audition on
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Carly Rose Sonenclar: The Mamaroneck teen's audition on "The X Factor" made her an overnight sensation. She went on take second place on the second season of Fox's "The X Factor."

Paul Teutul Jr. and Paul Teutul Sr.: The
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Paul Teutul Jr. and Paul Teutul Sr.: The Teutuls filmed the bulk of their reality TV show "American Choppers" at their custom motorcycle shops in Orange County.

Allison Hagendorf: The host of The CW's new
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Allison Hagendorf: The host of The CW's new reality singing competition, "The Next," is a New City native.

Ramona Singer: Even though she is one of
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Ramona Singer: Even though she is one of the original New York City "housewives," Singer is actually a Rhinebeck native. She recently visited The Wine & Spirits Emporium of Bronxville to promote her Pinot Grigio.

Jermaine Paul: The season two winner of the
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Jermaine Paul: The season two winner of the singing competition show “The Voice” spent his childhood between Orange and Rockland counties. He currently lives with his family in his hometown of Harriman.

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The All Ways: The All Ways, a rock
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The All Ways: The All Ways, a rock band from Rockland County, made it to the quarterfinals on season seven of "America's Got Talent." Bassist Pat Heraghty, lead vocalist Austin Massirman and drummer Andre Jevnik are pictured in their New City practice space. (Feb. 12. 2013)

Steven Tyler: The Aerosmith frontman and former “American
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Steven Tyler: The Aerosmith frontman and former “American Idol” judge was born in Yonkers, where he was kicked out of Roosevelt High School for drug use.

Sean “Diddy” Combs: The Mount Vernon native starred
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Sean “Diddy” Combs: The Mount Vernon native starred in several seasons of MTV’s “Making the Band,” in which he developed music acts such as Danity Kane and Day 26.

Carole Radziwill: New York’s newest “Housewife” grew up
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Carole Radziwill: New York’s newest “Housewife” grew up in Suffern before moving to New York City, where she became an award-winning journalist at ABC News. Her late husband, ABC News producer Anthony Radziwill, was the son of Lee Bouvier and Polish Prince Stanislas Radziwill.

Anthony Bourdain: The frequent “Top Chef” judge and
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Anthony Bourdain: The frequent “Top Chef” judge and soon-to-be host of his own CNN show mastered his cooking chops at the Culinary Institute of America in Dutchess County.

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Sue Torres: This contestant on season 4 of
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Sue Torres: This contestant on season 4 of "Top Chef Masters" graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.

Kerry Heffernan: Like Torres, Heffernan is a CIA
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Kerry Heffernan: Like Torres, Heffernan is a CIA alum competing on season 4 of "Top Chef Masters."

Kimberly Locke: The singer moved to North Salem
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Kimberly Locke: The singer moved to North Salem after making it to the finals of the second season of ?American Idol." Locke also appeared on season five of ?Celebrity Fit Club,? losing 27 pounds.

Leah Cohen: This season five “Top Chef” finalist
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Leah Cohen: This season five “Top Chef” finalist first started mixing it up in the kitchen in her native Scarsdale.

Eric Lee: Before competing on season 8 of
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Eric Lee: Before competing on season 8 of "The Next Food Network Star," Lee honed his skills at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

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Becky O'Donohue: The Dobbs Ferry native was a
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Becky O'Donohue: The Dobbs Ferry native was a semifinalist on season five of “American Idol.” O’Donohue also competed on “Fear Factor” and “Minute to Win It” with her twin sister Jessie.

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