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NEW YORK -- Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck, a contestant on CBS' Survivor: The Australian Outback has been named a co-host on ABC's The View after the daytime show held lengthy on-air tryouts to fill its vacancy. View executive producer Barbara Walters made the announcement on air Monday with the rest of the co-hosts. In a Survivor-style introduction, the tribal council of View co-hosts held up signs unanimously bearing the name Elisabeth on it, confirming her victory over finalists Rachel Campos, from MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, and Erin Hershey Presley, who appeared on the ABC daytime drama Port Charles. Hasselbeck, 26, a shoe designer and wife of Washington Redskins quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, will begin her duties today. "We were looking for someone who stands out; you have to care what comes out of her mouth, and we felt Elisabeth had all those things plus youthful vitality -- and it doesn't hurt that she's a pretty girl," View executive producer Bill Geddie said after the show. Hasselbeck, repped by ICM, was host of the Style Channel's The Look for Less, which helps viewers find designer looks at bargain prices.

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