**UPDATED: Wed. 5/13/15**
TRAVEL CHANNEL SELECTS THE TOP 15 CONTESTANTS
FOR “TRAVEL CHANNEL STAR” COMPETITION
CHEVY CHASE, MD (May 13, 2015) – Who will be the next Travel Channel Star? After reviewing over 1,000 entries from travel enthusiasts across the country, Travel Channel has narrowed the search to the top 15 contestants. Each with their own take on travel, these wanna-be hosts bring many areas of expertise and perspective on how they would explore the world. The professions they are willing to leave behind include part-time poll worker, personal trainer and high school science teacher.
In the 15 five-minute webisodes, three judges and host Bert Kreischer, professional fun-seeker and host of “Trip Flip,” provide colorful commentary and feedback about each audition.
Did the judges get it right? Fans can vote for their favorite contender on TravelChannel.com’s “Travel Channel Star” page and on Twitter using #travelchannelstar until Friday, May 15. The top five will be revealed on Travel Channel’s website on Monday, May 25 with additional commentary from Kreischer and the judges.
The winner of 2015’s “Travel Channel Star” will host their own five-part series on TravelChannel.com and will be named in a one-hour special, hosted by Kreischer, on Travel Channel later this year.
The top 15 contestants competing for the “Travel Channel Star” title (in alphabetical order by first name):
Travel Specialty: Earthy Travel
Current Occupation: High school science teacher
Travel Specialty: Fitness
Current Occupation: Personal trainer
Travel Specialty: Spirituality
Current Occupation: Church Youth Ministry
Travel Specialty: Dance
Current Occupation: Barback
Travel Specialty: Fearless Traveler
Current Occupation: Nanny and personal assistant
Travel Specialty: Adventure
Current Occupation: Actor and personal trainer
Travel Specialty: Off the Beaten Path
Current Occupation: Actress, receptionist and waitress
Travel Specialty: Budget Travel
Current Occupation: Founder, Girls Going Global
Travel Specialty: Embalmed Bodies of Communist Dictators
Current Occupation: Business consultant, realtor and freelance journalist
Travel Specialty: Fish Out of Water
Current Occupation: Tour manager
Travel Specialty: Baby Boomers’ Bucket List
Current Occupation: Part-time poll worker
Travel Specialty: Solo Travel
Current Occupation: Account Executive
Travel Specialty: Outside the Box
Current Occupation: Direct sales representative
Travel Specialty: Fusion
Current Occupation: Video editor
Travel Specialty: Cultural Immersion
Current Occupation: Law school graduate
TRAVEL CHANNEL IS ON THE HUNT FOR THE NEXT TRAVEL CHANNEL STAR
The National Search Will Be Chronicled In TravelChannel.com Web Series And Winner Will be Crowned in One-Hour Network Special
CHEVY CHASE, MD (Nov. 3, 2014) – Travel Channel is searching for the next “Travel Channel Star!” Today, the Network kicks off its coast-to-coast quest to uncover Travel Channel’s next person whose undeniable thirst for travel and adventure stands out from the rest. In a three-round competition series premiering in 2015 on Travelchannel.com, the process will culminate in a one-hour on-air special announcing the winner. The winner will then showcase their unique point-of-view and hosting skills in their own five-part series on the Network’s digital platforms. Participants can submit their video for the first-round selection process November 3 through April 15, 2015. The announcement was made today by Ross Babbit, SVP, Programming and Development, Travel Channel.
Contestants can only submit one video and will have three ways to enter:
- Come to our first live casting call at the That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on November 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Come to our casting call at the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, Calif. in early 2015 (exact date and times to be announced soon).
- Submit a two-minute video online at TravelChannelStar.com
Judging the competition are three Travel Channel experts: Jodi Bettencourt, vice president of editorial content for Travel Channel Digital; Anna Garwood, director of programming and talent relations; and Rob Pralgo, host of “Travel 911,” a web series that provides tips on how to get through travel emergencies. Travel Channel’s master of fun Bert Kreischer will host the special and recap highlights from the competition series in the one-hour special to air next year. Additionally, the judges will have help from fans, who can vote for their favorite videos online.
“I’m often asked the question, ‘how can I be a host for Travel Channel?’ Now we’re giving our viewers a chance to do just that”, says Babbit. “The video submissions should tell a story and highlight a location that matches contestants’ travel expertise. The best travel videos include an array of topics like food, adventure, unique shopping and local attractions. But what we really want to see come through is personality, point-of-view and a distinct passion and excitement for travel.”
Travel Channel is a proud sponsor of the That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo, an exciting, interactive, career event where top creative directors, talent agents and casting directors connect with new and well-established voiceover talent. The That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo and the Voice Arts™ Awards are presented by the Society of Voiceover Arts and Sciences™ and will be held November 9-10, 2014 at the Museum of the Moving Image. Tickets are available for the conference and award show at www.sovas.org
Source: ©2014 Travel Channel. All Rights Reserved.
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