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ABC reveals the identities of four more 'The Mole' contestants


By Christopher Rocchio, 05/10/2008 

ABC has revealed the identities of four more players who will compete on The Mole's fifth season, which will premiere Monday, June 2 at 10PM ET/PT.

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Hosted by former Extra weekend anchor Jon Kelley, The Mole's revival will follow the show's original format, with a group of 12 contestants competing in new missions at new locations while trying to determine who among them is The Mole -- a saboteur trying to keep them from winning money in the game. 

Throughout the competition, the contestants must decide who they think is serving as The Mole and try to learn as much about him or her as possible.  At the end of each one-hour episode, the player who knows the least about The Mole will be eliminated from the game. 

At the conclusion of The Mole's 10-episode run, the contestant serving as the saboteur will be revealed and one of the final two contestants will win a "substantial cash prize," according to ABC.

The first four players participating in The Mole are Kristen, a 35-year-old neuroscientist from Santa Monica, CA; Clay, a 32-year-old criminal litigation attorney from Philadelphia, PA; Paul, a 29-year-old machinist from Yonkers, NY; and Victoria, a 26-year-old retail manager from Bishop, TX.

The second batch of four players participating in The Mole -- and their ABC-supplied bios -- are:

Nicole, a 32-year-old OBGYN doctor from Chicago, IL

Nicole says she has the ability to be a social chameleon, a skill she's developed by growing up in a lower-middle class, African-American neighborhood, working in a white collar profession and dealing with a wide range of patients. She says she can be street or professional when she needs to be, has a strong personality and isn't shy about letting her opinions be known. Nicole is very proud of being a doctor and has no problem with being considered a diva. She is close with her mother and credits her with her success.

Ali, a 24-year-old model from St. Louis, MO

Ali is a model who has worked as a ring girl for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She describes herself as "stunning" and believes her beauty helps her get her way, but also causes people to instantly dismiss her -- which she plans on using to her benefit in the game. Ali used to be a wild, party girl. She celebrated her 21st birthday with Motley Crue in Las Vegas. But now she treats her body as a temple. She has strong religious beliefs and has settled down with her boyfriend, a UFC fighter. She claims to have a 75% accuracy rate with shotguns and is experienced in fishing. Ali considers herself ambitious and caring, but also forgetful and prone to road rage. She plans on using her beauty and brains to outsmart other players.

Bobby, a 25-year-old restaurant manager from Philadelphia, PA

Bobby loves games, competing and winning, though you may not know it from his low key exterior. He's a hardcore fan of The Mole and used to host Mole viewing parties in his basement. He knows the game well and has a solid strategy to form coalitions with less intelligent players whom he can lead astray. Bobby feels that being selected as a player on The Mole is the fulfillment a lifelong dream, and that also being gay, his "gaydar" -- the ability to recognize other gay people -- will help him read others players in the game. Bobby considers himself loveable and generous, but also stubborn and vengeful. He used to work as a restaurant manager until recently, when his restaurant closed. Bobby feels his knowledge of the game guarantees him a spot among the final three players.

Mark, a 42-year-old high school history teacher and soccer coach from Mukwonago, WI

Mark is an extremely competitive high school soccer coach and world history teacher. He plays to win and has no tolerance for whiners. A huge fan of The Mole, Mark has seen all the previous seasons and will be very intense and focused about playing the game. His only weakness is his family: Mark grew up poor, in a broken family, but his life turned around when he met his wife. He can get very emotional about his wife of 18 years and his three kids, whom he considers his life. He also has a fourth child on the way. Mark says he thrives on competition and being challenged, and has an IQ of 143. His strategy is to figure out an "end game," whereby he foresees a desired end and the most advantageous route for himself towards it, then does everything in his power to manipulate things in that direction.

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