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The crown has only just been placed on Danielle Hayes head but TV3 are already looking for New Zealand’s Next aspiring Top Model.  

If you’re aged between 16-25 on the 15th of April 2011 and are at least 170cm tall and think you have what it takes to be New Zealand’s Next Top Model then download the application form and start prepping yourself!

On the afternoon of August 5, 2010, the San José copper and gold mine located 45 kilometres outside of Copiapó in northern Chile collapsed, trapping 33 miners underground.

This was the beginning of a 70-day odyssey that would become one of the world’s most dramatic stories of rescue and survival.

Using 3D graphics, exclusive footage and the unedited testimony of family members and other participants in this miraculous rescue mission, the original Discovery Channel production RESCUED: THE CHILEAN MINE STORY provides a detailed exploration of the scientific and technological innovations that made this extraordinary effort possible.

Catch the New Zealand premiere of RESCUED: THE CHILEAN MINE STORY on Sunday, November 28 at 7.30pm.

The rescue of the 33 miners was an unprecedented effort and the intense human drama kept people around the world on the edge of their seats for more than two months. From the moment news broke of the mine’s collapse, the authorities, rescuers, engineers and technicians involved faced unimaginable challenges and came up with creative solutions to bring the men out from the depths of the earth alive.

The first priority was to pinpoint the location of the refuge 2,300 feet (700 metres) below the ground where it was believed the miners could have sought shelter. After exhaustive probes, workers confirmed on August 22 that the miners were still alive.

Next, the rescue team was faced with the need to design innovative communication, drilling and extraction strategies to carry off the large-scale rescue, while medical teams worked to maintain the miners’ physical and psychological health.  

Thanks to exclusive access to the work area around the three huge drills used in the operation (Plans A, B and C, conducted by Strata 950, T-30 and RIG-421 drills, respectively) and the “control room” that served as the nerve centre for the mission, RESCUED: THE CHILEAN MINE STORY gives a real-time look at the engineers, doctors, psychologists and countless other professionals involved as they evaluated existing alternatives for solving the complex problems presented by the mission. The programme draws on their testimony and unedited images to explain how science and technology were able to overcome the many challenges the rescue implied. 

RESCUED: THE CHILEAN MINE STORY also provides an up-close glimpse of the human drama endured by victims and rescuers alike in this daring operation. Exclusive images allow audiences to witness the range of emotions experienced by the engineers, rescuers, officials, physicians and families during the ordeal, as well as at the moment the miners were reunited with their loved ones. 

Finally, the documentary presents exclusive interviews with main figures in the rescue mission, including André Sougarret, the lead engineer; Michael Duncan, a NASA specialist who advised the medical team overseeing the miners’ health during their captivity; and Laurence Golborne, Chile’s Mining Minister.

RESCUED: THE CHILEAN MINE STORY is an original production made for Discovery Channel by the Peruvian production company Pacha Films and directed by Guillermo Galdós and Luis del Valle. The programme was supervised by Michela Giorelli, VP – Production and Development at Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic, and Brooke Runnette, who served as executive producer for Discovery Channel in the United States.

RESCUED: THE CHILEAN MINE STORY – SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM, DISCOVERY CHANNEL (SKY CHANNEL 070)

Sky TV is adamant that the technical difficulties that disrupted Saturday night’s ITM Cup semi-final between Waikato and Auckland will not be an issue during the World Cup next year.

During the final few minutes of Waikato’s thrilling win over Auckland, Sky lost coverage for around 30 seconds after its power supply crashed.

The rest of the coverage after that, including Waikato’s match-winning try, was affected due to a reduced number of camera angles and a patchy appearance.

It is said that the technical issues were due to the Eden Park’s reconfiguration ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Tony O’Brien, Sky TV director of communications, said the problems were “unfortunate events … and totally out of [Sky’s] control”.

Only six of Sky’s 25 cameras were active during the final few minutes of the match, meaning a lot of the coverage was from the sideline.

Eden Park’s general manager of infrastructure and operations Steven Donaghy said that for next year’s international tournament networks will have extensive power back-up and that if power goes down standby generators will kick in and run the entire stadium.

Source: Herald

Most watched

  1. One News: 557,050 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Outback Wildlife Rescue: 468,600 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Sunday: 454,640 (TV ONE, 7:35pm – 8:35pm)
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia: Pr.: 403,360 (TV2, 7:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Sunday Theatre: 325,600 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 10:40pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Sunday: 454,640 (TV ONE, 7:35pm – 8:35pm)
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Pr.: 403,360 (TV2, 7:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Sunday Theatre: 325,600 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 10:40pm)
  4. NCIS: 314,930 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Wipeout: 300,480 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. The Witches: 147,400 (TV2, 12:00pm – 1:55pm)
  2. One Tree Hill: 107,610 (TV2, 3:05pm – 4:00pm)
  3. The Secret Life of the America: 107,560 (TV2, 2:00pm – 2:55pm)
  4. Shortland Street Omnibus: 105,690 (TV2, 10:00am – 12:00pm)
  5. Sonny With a Chance: 88,190 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:35pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 557,050 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Outback Wildlife Rescue: 468,600 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Sunday: 454,640 (7:35pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Sunday Theatre: 325,600 (8:35pm – 10:40pm)
  5. South Pacific: 189,390 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Pr.: 403,360 (7:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 303,100 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Halloween: 170,360 (10:30pm – 12:45am)
  4. Twins: 149,400 (6:35pm – 7:00pm)
  5. The Witches: 147,400 (12:00pm – 1:55pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. NCIS: 314,930 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. 3 News: 303,680 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Wipeout: 300,480 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. CSI Miami: 269,840 (9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  5. The Simpsons: 200,240 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on C4

  1. Turistas: 82,920 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Everybody Hates Chris: 53,390 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Malcolm in the Middle: 44,470 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  4. Pimp My Ride: 38,570 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Punk’d: 35,020 (7:30pm – 7:55pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. America’s Got Talent: 155,390 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Prime News: 143,230 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. Antiques Roadshow: 130,520 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Intl Rugby Bledisloe Cup Repla: 82,900 (3:30pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Mayday: 77,630 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. It’s In the Bag: 52,760 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. Spartacus Blood and Sand: 41,490 (9:30pm – 10:40pm)
  2. Underbelly: 31,490 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Australian Gladiators: 24,420 (1:55pm – 2:45pm)
  4. WWE NXT: 23,120 (1:05pm – 1:55pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Rowing World Championships: 33,380 (9:30am – 11:25am)
  2. Intl Rugby Bledisloe Cup Repla: 30,570 (7:30am – 9:20am)
  3. Intl Cricket 20/20: 27,330 (10:30pm – 1:50am)
  4. Sports Extra: 24,590 (9:20am – 9:30am)
  5. Intl Rugby League Replay: 23,240 (11:25am – 1:00pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. Intl Rugby League: 114,620 (8:45pm – 10:40pm)
  2. Intl Rugby League Pre Game: 76,370 (8:30pm – 8:45pm)
  3. Intl Rugby League Juniors: 25,020 (3:30pm – 5:20pm)
  4. Intl Rugby Bledisloe Cup Repla: 22,530 (12:00pm – 1:55pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. Surrogates: 64,250 (8:35pm – 10:00pm)

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Two and a Half Men: TV2 303100 – up from 196900 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. CSI Miami: TV3 269840 – up from 169440 (9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  3. NCIS: TV3 314930 – up from 228830 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. 3 News: TV3 303680 – up from 229830 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Prime News: PRIME 143230 – up from 73110 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Waka Huia: TV ONE 30580 – down from 43760 (10:35am – 11:30am)
  2. Mayday: PRIME 77630 – down from 86470 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. Marae Investigates: TV ONE 40390 – down from 48290 (10:00am – 10:30am)
  4. Sunday: TV ONE 454640 – down from 461760 (7:35pm – 8:35pm)
  5. WNTV: TV2 120080 – down from 126140 (8:00am – 10:00am)

New

  1. Punk’d: C4 (7:30pm – 7:55pm)
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Pr.: TV2 (7:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Turistas: C4 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Sunday Theatre: TV ONE (8:35pm – 10:40pm)
  5. WANNA-BEn: C4 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 29.5%
  • TV2: 23.7%
  • TV ONE: 19.8%
  • TV3: 14.3%
  • PRIME: 6%
  • C4: 3.1%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.6%
  • Maori TV: 0.6%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Most watched

  1. Intl Rugby Bledisloe Cup: 470,190 (SKY Sport 1, 9:40pm – 11:20pm)
  2. One News: 448,670 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Scared Shrekless: 376,030 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Annabel Langbein The Free Rang: 372,510 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Monsters vs Aliens Mutant Pump: 372,150 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Scared Shrekless: 376,030 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Monsters vs Aliens Mutant Pump: 372,150 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Restoration Man: 342,910 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Intl Rugby Pre Game: 319,280 (SKY Sport 1, 9:00pm – 9:40pm)
  5. Scary Movie 2: 271,810 (TV2, 8:35pm – 10:20pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. Chinese Food in Minutes: 153,690 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 9:30am)
  2. America’s Funniest HV: 124,690 (TV2, 4:35pm – 5:05pm)
  3. The Batman: 103,930 (TV2, 9:00am – 9:20am)
  4. House Guest: 101,220 (TV ONE, 9:30am – 9:55am)
  5. Randy Jackson Presents America: 93,400 (TV2, 11:00am – 12:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 448,670 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Annabel Langbein The Free Rang: 372,510 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Restoration Man: 342,910 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Chinese Food in Minutes: 153,690 (9:00am – 9:30am)
  5. The Exorcism of Emily Rose: 146,770 (8:35pm – 10:55pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Scared Shrekless: 376,030 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Monsters vs Aliens Mutant Pump: 372,150 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  3. America’s Funniest Home Videos: 285,730 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Scary Movie 2: 271,810 (8:35pm – 10:20pm)
  5. Rodney: 155,420 (5:05pm – 5:30pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 224,750 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. The Omen: 154,500 (8:30pm – 10:45pm)
  3. Grand Designs: 148,580 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Simpsons: 133,600 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. The ITM Fishing Show: 129,460 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on C4

  1. Gay, Straight or Taken?: 30,410 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Models Of The Runway: 26,810 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Added This Week: 26,410 (2:00pm – 2:30pm)
  4. U Choose 40: 24,060 (8:00pm – 11:15pm)
  5. Top 10: 23,330 (10:00am – 10:45am)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Intl Rugby Bledisloe Cup: 114,850 (11:40pm – 1:35am)
  2. Intl Rugby League: 81,560 (9:40pm – 11:40pm)
  3. Prime News: 73,810 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Escape to the Legion: 64,010 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Infomercials: 38,530 (1:35am – 2:00am)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Saturday Feature: 36,520 (9:30pm – 11:30pm)
  2. NZ Documentary: 30,140 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Intl Rugby Bledisloe Cup: 470,190 (9:40pm – 11:20pm)
  2. Intl Rugby Pre Game: 319,280 (9:00pm – 9:40pm)
  3. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 269,180 (8:50pm – 8:55pm)
  4. ITM Cup Rugby: 208,920 (7:00pm – 8:50pm)
  5. Intl Rugby Post Game: 200,680 (11:20pm – 11:55pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. Intl Rugby League: 163,520 (6:10pm – 7:45pm)
  2. Intl Rugby League Pre Game: 131,320 (5:45pm – 6:10pm)
  3. Intl Rugby League Post Game: 86,300 (7:45pm – 7:55pm)
  4. Intl Rugby League Juniors: 48,850 (4:05pm – 5:40pm)
  5. Intl Rugby League Jr PreGame: 48,270 (3:30pm – 4:05pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. Max Payne: 35,850 (11:35pm – 1:10am)
  2. Behind the Scenes: 29,460 (8:30pm – 8:30pm)

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Rodney: TV2 155420 – up from 53160 (5:05pm – 5:30pm)
  2. America’s Funniest Home Videos: TV2 285730 – up from 213000 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Chinese Food in Minutes: TV ONE 153690 – up from 91820 (9:00am – 9:30am)
  4. America’s Funniest HV: TV2 124690 – up from 67080 (4:35pm – 5:05pm)
  5. One News: TV ONE 448670 – up from 404820 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Restoration Man: TV ONE 342910 – down from 384380 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  2. Generator Rex: TV2 106680 – down from 133750 (8:30am – 9:00am)
  3. Stitch!: TV2 31310 – down from 56600 (7:15am – 7:40am)
  4. Phineas and Ferb: TV2 96770 – down from 120750 (8:05am – 8:30am)
  5. Top 10: C4 23330 – down from 46210 (10:00am – 10:45am)

New

  1. Grand Designs: TV3 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Models Of The Runway: C4 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Scared Shrekless: TV2 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Monsters vs Aliens Mutant Pump: TV2 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  5. The Omen: TV3 (8:30pm – 10:45pm)
  6. The Exorcism of Emily Rose: TV ONE (8:35pm – 10:55pm)
  7. Scary Movie 2: TV2 (8:35pm – 10:20pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 42%
  • TV2: 18.2%
  • TV ONE: 18.2%
  • TV3: 10.2%
  • PRIME: 5.3%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.5%
  • C4: 2.1%
  • Maori TV: 1.1%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Most watched

  1. One News: 468,730 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 465,910 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. The X Factor: 456,580 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. 7 Days: 423,480 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  5. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: 420,350 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. The X Factor: 456,580 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. 7 Days: 423,480 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  3. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: 420,350 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Two and a Half Men: 369,330 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  5. WANNA-BEn: 328,770 (TV3, 10:00pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 124,260 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 117,770 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  3. House Guest: 98,480 (TV ONE, 1:30pm – 2:00pm)
  4. Good Morning: 97,560 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 12:00pm)
  5. ONE News 4:30: 89,130 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 468,730 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 385,580 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. MasterChef Australia: 226,060 (5:25pm – 6:00pm)
  4. 10 Years Younger The Challenge: 213,450 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Married, Single, Other: 200,870 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 465,910 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 369,330 (7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Gary Unmarried: 265,090 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Dating In The Dark: 215,790 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. 8 Simple Rules: 184,880 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. The X Factor: 456,580 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. 7 Days: 423,480 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  3. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: 420,350 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. WANNA-BEn: 328,770 (10:00pm – 10:35pm)
  5. 3 News: 325,460 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on C4

  1. Balls Of Steel: 114,980 (8:50pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Nitro Circus: 109,380 (8:00pm – 8:50pm)
  3. Family Guy: 81,980 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Ninja Warrior: 74,600 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. The Xtra Factor: 52,380 (9:35pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Sharpe’s Sword: 116,940 (8:35pm – 10:45pm)
  2. Britain From Above: 111,130 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Prime News: 90,380 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Deal Or No Deal: 73,260 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: 61,190 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup Rugby: 231,740 (7:30pm – 9:15pm)
  2. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 100,110 (9:15pm – 9:25pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies Great

  1. The Hot Chick: 27,600 (8:35pm – 10:15pm)

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. The X Factor: TV3 456580 – up from 363920 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. New Zealand’s Next Top Model: TV3 420350 – up from 339590 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Family Guy: C4 81980 – up from 26350 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. 3 News: TV3 325460 – up from 276720 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Breakfast: TV ONE 146100 – up from 102060 (6:30am – 6:55am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Neighbours: TV2 90530 – down from 149000 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: TV2 369330 – down from 425320 (7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Simpsons: TV3 87060 – down from 131950 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  4. Gary Unmarried: TV2 265090 – down from 308500 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. One News: TV ONE 468730 – down from 511840 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

New

  1. 10 Years Younger The Challenge: TV ONE (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Married, Single, Other: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Sharpe’s Sword: PRIME (8:35pm – 10:45pm)
  4. The Naked Office: TV ONE (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Tonight: TV ONE (10:30pm – 11:00pm)
  6. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelp: C4 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 27.7%
  • TV ONE: 23.4%
  • TV3: 19.7%
  • TV2: 15.5%
  • PRIME: 6.3%
  • C4: 4.6%
  • Other TV Channels: 1.7%
  • Maori TV: 0.4%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

The annual Dan News Awards are on over at dannews.co.nz with viewers given the chance to vote on who and what they believe to be the best in New Zealand TV news.

Last year’s awards saw 3 News take out the Most Popular News award with TV3’s Laura Turner named the Most Popular Reporter while John Campbell beat out Paul Henry for the Most Popular Current Affairs Presenter.

A new category has been introduced for this year’s awards with viewers now able to be have their say on who they believe to be the best Twitter news personality.

MediaWorks Social Media Editor, Cate Owen told Dan News: “Twitter has been really valuable to 3 News, both as both a sharing tool, and a social one. It has given viewers a chance to interact with our team on a personal level, and makes news reporting a lot more interactive” 

“You may remember Hilary trying to maintain her professional veneer while reading some #shanejonesporntitles on air – it was hilarious! Mike’s live tweeting from the fighting in Bangkok was also an amazing use of Twitter – one of my personal favourites.”

Throng has a comprehensive list of the NZ news journalist and presenters on Twitter if you want to check out who’s saying what.

Head over to dannews to have your say in this year’s awards.

After over 1,000 entries and three weeks of grueling challenges, MTV has narrowed its search for a new presenter to three amazingly talented young Kiwis who will battle it out in one final challenge to claim the title as MTV New Zealand’s newest VJ.

There have been tears, tantrums and triumphs, red carpet action, makeovers and surprise international guest judges. But now, only three lucky hopefuls remain vying for the job of a lifetime. MTV is proud to introduce its Top Three.

 

Dan Gibson (Gibbo)

Dan is 26 years old and hails from Auckland City. He entered Pick Me MTV because “it was a once-in –a-lifetime opportunity. I play music. I love music. I’ve always wanted to work in music.” He’s super passionate about media and the music industry and is cheeky and charismatic. He’s got chopsticks for legs and once got a free bungee jump by singing an acapella version of ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’ by Ronan Keating. When asked about the Pick Me MTV experience Dan said, “My nerves feel like they have gone one on one with a grizzly bear in a shower cubicle. Meeting the other contestants has been super fun. They are the most awesome and talented bunch of people. It’s been amazing to work with some of MTV’s top presenters: Laura Whitmore, Ruby Rose and Jay Reeve. I feel privileged to get this far.”

 

Libby Dallison

Libby is 20 years old and comes from Christchurch. She entered Pick Me MTV because she’s “always dreamed of working for MTV.  The brand embraces all my loves: music, fashion and pop culture.  It’s an amazing way for me to be able to fast track my plans, hopes, dreams.” She laughs about her moon tan which is the opposite of a sun tan.  She would love to interview Lady Gaga because she thinks “the way she spins the media is phenomenal.” Libby is currently studying Broadcast Communications and produces her own online music show which can be found at www.ifiwereananimal.co.nz.  When asked about the Pick Me MTV experience Libby commented, “It’s been a pretty crazy ride! You never really know what’s going to be thrown at you next. The first challenge is a bit of a blur now but I do remember my nerves taking over and just speaking a whole lot of smack!”

 

Sam Kelway

Sam is 26 years old and comes from Tauranga. He entered Pick Me MTV because he’s “always wanted to be a presenter, lives for a challenge and believes he has what it takes to be the man on the box.” His charisma, moustache and loveable rouge persona make him unique.  He’d love to interview Snoop because ‘Doggystyle’ was the first CD he ever bought. When asked about the Pick Me MTV experience Sam said, “It’s been amazing…non-stop action. The experience has thoroughly changed my ideas around the media machine. I have learnt so much, met so many incredible people and absorbed what it means to be a presenter.”

 

Tune in to MTV, SKY Channel 014, next Thursday 4th November at 9.30pm to see the top three turn into one lucky winner, whose first assignment will be to travel to MTV’s European Music Awards in Madrid, Spain, working the red carpet alongside current MTV New Zealand VJ Jay Reeve.  You won’t want to miss it!

TV ONE’s Countdown To The New Year announces the
Freshly Squeezed Talent Quest – applications open tomorrow 2 November.

 This New Year’s Eve, TV ONE will be celebrating the end of year with
glitz, glamour and a show-stopping spread of entertainment finishing
with a spectacular fireworks display from the top of the Sky City Tower
at midnight.

Hosted by TV favourite Jason Gunn and newcomer, Matt Gibb, the show will
be broadcast from the Sky City Theatre and the best of New Zealand’s
performers will entertain viewers with their favourite hit songs.

Central to the show is the Freshly Squeezed Talent Quest, a
nationwide search to find fresh new Kiwi singers to perform for the
first time on a national stage. There are three categories people can
enter under; Male Vocal, Female Vocal, and Vocal Group and it’s up to
viewer’s votes to decide which three will win, as they compete for a
cash prize and the opportunity to sing at Sky City Casino venues for a
month.

The talent quest opens midday 2 November as would-be music stars are invited to submit their audio or video application at www.tvnz.co.nz/freshlysqueezed
before the deadline of 5pm on 12 November. Successful candidates will
be invited to auditions across the county between 17 – 23 November. 10
finalists will be then invited to perform on the show and face the
public’s vote.

Notes To Editors: Applications can also be posted or couriered to:
TVNZ Freshly Squeezed Talent 100 Victoria Street West Auckland City
Auckland 1010 Please note: all audition applications need to be
received by the production office no later than 5pm Friday 12 November
2010

Applications are open to all people 16 years or over. If under the age
of 18 a parent or guardian will be required to be present at all
performances when appearing at a Sky City Casino Venue.

Auditions will be held in the following locations and applicants need to be available on the appropriate dates as follows:
Auckland 17 November 2010
Hamilton 18 November 2010
Wellington 20 November 2010
Christchurch 21 November 2010
Dunedin 22 November 2010
Invercargill 23 November 2010

Finalists are required to be available in Auckland from 12-17 December 2010 and 31 December 2010.     

 

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