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To earn money to continue studying opera in Vienna, Austria, 24-year-old mezzo-soprano Emily Riedel returned to her home state of Alaska to follow in her eccentric father's footsteps and take to the Bering Sea as a deckhand on a dredge seeking gold on the ocean floor.

Little did she know that she would wind up as one of the personalities on Discovery Channel's Friday hit "Bering Sea Gold" -- returning with a preview episode on Dec. 28, and its second season on Jan. 4 -- and that her on-again, off-again relationship with childhood friend and boss, Capt. Zeke Tenhoff, would fascinate the viewing public.

"Usually," Riedel tells Zap2it, "when people recognize me from the show, the first thing they'll mention is Zeke. That's a part of our story that people are really drawn to. It's like, 'You go, girl, don't let him boss you around.' Certain people say the »

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