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January 23, 2014

Methuen native to appear on MTV, NESN

METHUEN — Brittany Baldassari was an accidental model, going on a photo shoot for fun with some friends in college one day several years ago.

But that trip has led her down a career path that looks to be gaining speed, with a gig on a New England Sports Network show about food called “Wicked Bites” and a spot on MTV’s new reality dating show, “Are You the One?,” her second appearance on MTV.

She started on NESN last month, after finishing shooting “Are You the One?” in Hawaii. “Wicked Bites” showcases local food and athletes in restaurants and pubs around New England. Most recently, she did spots at Coliseum to the Cage in Derry and Playmakers Sports Bar and Grill in Waltham.

“Wicked Bites” is “a dream job,” said Baldassari, 25, a 2007 Methuen High graduate. It’s a platform for her personality and could be a step towards covering sports.

“Getting the job with NESN is huge because my future dream job is working for the NHL Network or SportsCenter,” she said. “I’m at an age now I hope it leads to other stuff.”

Brittany Baldi, a nickname from high school sports that she used to introduce herself recently on “Wicked Bites,” was hired for the show about three months ago, but put her start on hold for the MTV show.

“Are You the One?” debuted Tuesday and is a reality dating show that brought 20 people, 10 men and 10 women, together from around the country in Hawaii. The participants worked with psychiatrists and counselors to try to pinpoint who their best match is, Baldassari said, and they spent the rest of the time interacting with the others, whom they did not know or meet beforehand, on dates and in challenges to find out if anyone there is “the one.”

“We were there about 40 days,” she said. “To this day I’m upset we had to come back. We got back right before Thanksgiving.”

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