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Looking for talent October 1, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Media Radio TV.

A talent competition seeking two young Internet television presenters was held yesterday in Nicosia.

Titled Internet TV Star, the competition is being promoted as, “a talent show with a difference”. It is being run by Cyprus ITV, the first Internet television channel on the island and radio station Energy 107.6 FM.

Paris Christofides, Concept Development Manager with CITV, said yesterday, “Cyprus has never before staged a talent show where the public all over the world can vote online.”

One male and one female presenter are being sought, with Christofides saying: “Personality is what we are looking for”. The two winners will present a series of shows, visiting bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes, talking to people enjoying themselves and presenting the selected venues. Over 50 people applied, with 20 invited to Zoo Club for the first audition.

Sylvia Mavropoulos, a member of the five-person judging panel made up of stylists, radio hosts, CITV personnel and the club’s owner, said what she was looking for in an applicant. “I want an extrovert,” she said. “Somebody who is confident, loud, flamboyant and who you can immediately relate to. The two winners will also need to have chemistry between them.” She said that age and previous experience were not important. “We are interested in somebody looking for their big break.”

One female applicant seemed to take age being no barrier a step too far though, replying that she was only 14 years old.

Questions were asked trying to gauge the individual’s personality and ethics. “What would you say at your acceptance speech if you won an Oscar? What would your reaction be if your guests started arguing amongst themselves during a broadcast? What would you do if a flirtatious interviewee asked you for your telephone number live on air? What is your perfect definition of a date? These were some of the questions posed.

One man was also asked to show off a dance move, while a woman was asked to sing.
Another judge confided that first impressions were very important, “with certain candidates ruled out immediately.”

The 20 applicants were yesterday whittled down to ten, with their personal promotional films to be posted on the ITV Star website www.itvcyprus.tv/star. Voting will also take place via SMS on 54 54. The four candidates with the most votes will go through to the next stage, with the two winners announced in mid-December at a special party at the club.

“The presenters will have the opportunity to work in the marketing and production side of CITV,” said a company press release.

The station broadcasts 24 hours a day over the Internet and is available across the globe. The ethos is quite simple: The promotion of Cyprus to the world.

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