by JULIE ANNE SPENCE
man Tim Taggart is in the running to be a presenter on breakfast
Tim is one of the finalists in the GMTV 'Sofa
Factor' contest, an opportunity to present on the famous red
The lucky winner will host the 'Pick of the
Day' slot before being whisked to Las Vegas, where they will
receive an A-list make-over and present a showbiz report for the
breakfast TV show.
After sifting through the hopefuls, judges
Mel Sykes, Richard Arnold and Melanie Cantor, this week
introduced the finalists - among them Tim.
"I am absolutely thrilled and more and more
excited nudging closer to the chance of presenting on GMTV live
from Las Vegas," said Tim.
"When I heard about the talent search last
week, I grabbed my camcorder and together with the help of a
makeshift camera crew put together a short audition clip of me
out and about presenting.
"Four days later I got a message from the
producers, asking me to come to London. From 5,000 hopeful
entries, the top 20 had been chosen for auditions - and I was
one of them.
"We started the day with Sally Gray who gave
us some excellent coaching on the dos and don'ts of presenting.
Then we were introduced to the judges who chose me and nine
other finalists to appear live on GMTV the next morning. "It was
an amazing feeling to be picked to appear live on prime-time
morning TV. I'm taking on each of the challenges with a mixture
of excitement, nerves and confidence, hoping that I make it
through to the final live vote next Thursday."
Tim is no stranger to the small screen. "I
first had the chance to step in front of the camera after
winning the MSN Movies 'Lights Camera Audition' search for a
presenter," he explained.
"I presented daily movie reviews and news for
two weeks over the summer. More recently I have had the
opportunity to see what it's like to be on the other side of the
camera working on the production teams for programmes such as
Ready Steady Cook and Big Brother has been amazing, but I'm
delighted for this opportunity as I've always wanted to be a
presenter. With the final decision down to viewers, tune in on
Friday May 2 to find out who if Tim has the 'Sofa Factor'.