Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Video auditions for anyone to become a TV presenter open on 9 August for TLC Entertainment's TLC Next Great Presenter search.

People who want to audition can start sending in their audition videos for TLC's Next Great Presenter search from 9 August.

The lifestyle channel TLC Entertainment (DStv 172) is looking for its first South African star – someone who thinks they can be the next Oprah, Buddy Valastro or Randy Fenoli.

The winner will become the presenter of TLC Top 10 - a new programming strand on TLC Entertainment which will debut later this year and rebroadcast some the most popular programming on the channel since 2011.

People have to record a two minute video and can upload it from this coming Sunday, 9 August until 3 September, at the new website to show their presenting skills.

On the video people have to "showcase" themselves" and explain why they are the perfect presenter. On the website there will be a pre-written script which people have to use to make their video after which they must upload it for TLC executives.

"We want candidates with a passion for and knowledge about TLC Entertainment," says Lee Hobbs, the vice president of channels for the emerging business division of Discovery Networks for the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region.

"Big characters with even bigger personalities are exactly what we'll be looking for in the TLC Next Great Presenter winner."

Lee Hobbs says people who enter "must feel like a genuine, enthusiastic fan and a fit for the channel in terms of their attitude and vibrancy. In the video submissions, we'll be looking for potential presenters who come across as confident, entertaining and engaging".

Each video audition will be reviewed by a panel of experts and the best candidates will be shortlisted. It will however be left up to viewers to choose the ultimate winner who will get to present TLC Top 10 from November.

"This is an amazing opportunity for a TLC Entertainment super-fan or budding TV presenter to present a show on the number one lifestyle channel in South Africa. We're looking forward to brilliant entries from across the African continent - so be yourself, be bold and most importantly be TLC," says Lee Hobbs.