VJ search hits campus

Students vying to become MuchMusic’s next heartthrob got their big chance Tuesday in the JDUC, when the 32-stop “MuchMusic VJ Search: The Series” audition process visited the University.

AMS Student Centre Officer Andy Singh said MuchMusic contacted him in July about holding auditions on campus and plans for the event were finalized in early November.

“They had been to our campus before,” he said. “They come to universities every two years.”

Singh said he watched most of the auditions over the course of the day, in which interested students sang and danced.

“150 people passed through the doors, and we had 28 auditions,” he said. “[MuchMusic] said they usually get around 50 auditions [per day], so it was about half,” Singh said.

He said he thought the weather contributed to the lower turnout, as fewer people were passing through the JDUC in general.

Organizers of a poster sale had already booked the lower ceilidh, so VJ hopefuls auditioned in Wallace Hall from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Richard Zussman, ArtSci ’06, said that during his audition, he talked about the role of the VJ.

“The most important thing I talked about is being an everyday VJ, being passionate, being hard-working and being able to relate.”

He said he thought it was a great event, but would have liked to see a higher student turnout.

“It’s always better when more people come,” he said.

Zussman said MuchMusic should have better publicized the event.

“This is a big university and a big campus,” he said.

Singh said the event was advertised with posters, banners, as well as on the AMS and MuchMusic websites. Seven MuchMusic representatives were also on campus that day to advertise the event.

The cross-Canada search process started in Victoria, BC on Oct. 3 and will finish in Fredericton, NB on Nov. 26. In the 2004 VJ Search, Nahri Chi, then a third-year English student at Queen’s, was named one of the eight finalists.

Singh said there is no way of knowing whether a student at the University secured a spot as a finalist at this time.

“We won’t know until January,” he said. “They will review the audition tapes and select 10 people.”

Those 10 will move to a penthouse in Toronto where they will be voted off weekly in a reality television show that will go to air in January, he said.

It will feature nine episodes, and a live finale naming the next VJ.

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