03/20/2013 01:42 pm ET

'Check, Please!' Announces Its Finalists: The Sweet 17

CHICAGO — Mrs. Charlie Trotter, a "breakfast queen" and a fashion design teacher are among the 17 finalists in the running to be the next "Check, Please!" host.

On Wednesday, the popular WTTW-Ch. 11 show posted on its website "The Round of 17" — the bios, photos and audition videos of the 17 hopefuls vying to replace longtime host Alpana Singh.

"It's so much fun to be asked to the dance," Ina Pinkney said by phone from her popular West Randolph restaurant, Ina's. Better known as the "Breakfast Queen," the veteran restaurateur titled her sassy audition video, "Check Please... we need to talk."

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