8 p.m., April 1)
duo vie to become MuchMusic's newest VJ
By Fred Sherwin
natives and good friends Ryan Pownall and Junior Mbeng are
going to be battling each other and 18 other contestants
for the opportunity to become MuchMusic's next on air personality.
Junior Mbeng and Ryan Pownall are representing
Ottawa and Orléans on the MuchMusic
VJ Search reality show. File photo
young men had their video profiles selected from among
hundreds of entries to the 2013 MuchMusic VJ Search. They
will board the MuchMusic VJ Search bus in Vancouver this
week and will travel across Canada as part of a reality
show in which the VJ hopefuls will perform various challenges.
contestant will be eliminated after each show until the
finalists arrive in Toronto for the finale on April 26.
yesterday's premiere, the 20 contestants were introduced
to the MuchMusic audience through a series of short videos.
Subsequent shows will air daily at 6 p.m.
20, is a deejay and bartender at Tequila Jack's in the
Byward Market. After graduating from St. Peter High School.in
2010, he enrolled in the marketing program at Algonquin
College. During his introduction video he appeared lying
in bed in purple briefs, and with his dog Toby. He also
gave a little insight into how he intends to approach
plan to play a little dirty and also a little nice. Actually
a little bit a both, but you'll never know which,"
said Pownall who was referred to as a "ladies man"
and "partyer" by the MuchMusic VJ panel critiquing
23, graduated from St. Matthew High School in 2008 and
is currently the director of marketing at York Entertainment.
In his MuchMusic profile Mbeng descibed himself as being
outgoing, optimistic and energetic. He also got the MuchMusic
logo tattoed on his forearm to show his dedication to
Tuesday's show the 20 contestants will be whittled down
to 18 before they even get on the bus. Each of them will
be judged on their interview skills and the two weakest
peformers will be sent packing.
see Ryan Pownall's audition video visit http://www.muchmusic.com/vjsearch/top20/ryan-pownall/335625/.
Junior Mbeng's video is at http://www.muchmusic.com/vjsearch/top20/kevin-mbeng/341401/.
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