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'There Is No Magic Wand'

Galan called Love-Fraser, who initially weighed 190 pounds, "the most depressed of all the girls when she arrived. People don't realize it is a personality thing as well as about your looks. And Rachel felt miserable. But she did all the work and it was just great when she won."

Galan, 41, said the common denominator for participants is that they feel stuck in their lives, wishing for change but unsure how to achieve it. "Most people don't have the resources to know what to do," she said.

Galan wanted to explore the concept of a team of experts to help women get out of their ruts. "I thought, what if I made a show where I gave women all of that? Instead of sitting home saying, 'If I had Oprah's money my life would be good,' what if they are given all that on a silver platter?"

Although the show features women, "we have gotten so many letters from men, it's shocking," Galan said. "I can tell you it's for women now, but there could be changes."

This season several of the contestants are in their early 40s. The show accepts applicants up to age 45, "both for the audience at Fox and other medical issues," Galan said.

To keep the show fresh, she promises "cutting-edge procedures in nutrition, plastic surgery and therapy. We want to provide the latest greatest information on these to our viewers."

Galan, who has written a guide for potential swans, said her own therapist "doesn't like the show and thinks it is saying to women if they don't have plastic surgery, they're no good," she said.

"But I am saying, pick whatever you want. If you want to become a vegan, knock yourself out. If you've had a bunch of kids and your stomach sags, it's not a big deal if you want help with that. Life is really short and really hard for women, and whatever is going to make you feel better about yourself, do it."

The Swan 2

Monday at 8 p.m. on Fox


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