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Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2003 8:29 am | Updated: 1:21 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Crystal Greigo auditioned because she loves to dance.

Jennifer Wang auditioned because she was looking for an interesting experience.

The women, 23 and 22, respectively, responded to separate casting calls Saturday on opposite sides of Scottsdale.

If Greigo gets her wish, she’ll boogie in front of thousands on a cruise ship — possibly as Minnie Mouse.

If Wang gets her wish, she’ll live with strangers in a fishbowl lifestyle in front of millions of MTV viewers.

Their motivations differed, but their shared goal, essentially, is showbiz.

Wang, a student at Mesa Community College, wants to be in the cast of MTV’s "The Real World" playing out in San Diego. She was among the roughly 80 applicants whoshowed up by 2:30 p.m. for auditions at Bar Louie in Fashion Square Mall.

Wang and a friend, Melissa Keller, 21, sat at a table on the restaurant’s patio and filled in a one-page application that asked such questions as: "What do you look for in a mate?" and, "What are you most scared of? "

When they finished, they waited with other hopefuls to be interviewed by MTV casting directors. Both said they were surprised only a handful of people waited with them.

Meigan Stack, 23, one of six locals helping with the auditions, said turnout was less than typical.

"They really didn’t advertise for this because it was a really quick decision to come here," said Stack, a broadcast major at Arizona State University. "I think this was their last stop."

Applicants won’t have to wait long — filming of this particular "Real World" series starts in August, Stack said.

Wang said she considers herself and Keller viable contenders for the show credited for starting the trend in reality television.

"Absolutely. We are fun, interesting girls. We have a lot to offer the show," she said.

At the Plumb Dance Studio in north Scottsdale, Greigo showed off her dancing abilities with 50 other applicants wanting jobs on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

Stephanie Likes, an audition coordinator, said Scottsdale was one of several cities where Disney held casting calls. Those selected for the coveted jobs could get a call in the next couple of weeks, or months from now, Likes said.

Greigo, a dance instructor, clearly out-performed most of the others, but after years of auditioning, remained philosophical.

"It all depends on what Disney is looking for," she said. "I love to dance, so really, I just love being here."

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