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One-half of Orléans connection eliminated from MuchMusic VJ Search

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matthew High School grad junior Mbeng was the 13th person eliminated from the Much Music VJ Search on Wednesday. File photo

Despite getting the most Tweets among the 13 contestants left in the MuchMusic VJ Search, St. Matt's grad Junior Mbeng was sent packing on Monday after losing a team challenge to fellow Orléans contestant and friendly rival Ryan Pownall.

The MuchMusic VJ Search cross-Canada bus tour recently stopped in Ottawa where the contestants were split up into two teams with hometown hopefuls Junior and Ryan actting as opposing captains.

Each team had one hour to organize an event hyping the upcoming MuchMusic Video Awards outside the Bay store on the Byward Market. Ryan and his mostly all-girl team wore matching neon green T-shirts, gave out MMVA cupcakes and took pictures of people with the MMVA award.

Junior mostly all-boy team took a more coproate approach to the challenge.with the theme of getting that much closer to the MMVAs.

In the end, Ryan's team won the challenge and Junior had to pick two of his teammates to join him on the chopping block for possible elimination. After choosing Nash from and Ryan, Junior was ultimately sent home for a lack of teamwork and for promoting the MMVA brand as well as Ryan's team.

In his post elimination interview with the MuchMusic mentors, Junior admitted that the MuchMusic tattoo he was shown getting in his audition video was fale, however, he said he would get a real one if he was voted back in by the MuchMusic fans.

Junior was also questioned for not letting enough of his true personality shine through, to which he agreed.

"Canada hasn't seen even one per cent of my personality yet, so I really hope they support me and I will let my true personality shine through," Junior said.

The 23-year-old St. Matthew High School grad (Class of 2008) set himself apart from the other MuchMusic VJ hopefuls through his use of the catch phrase "juicy" which he used to describe almost everything.

As for competing against best friend in the competition, Junior admitted It was really hard, but fun as well.

The MuchMusic VJ Search will end it's cross-country tour in Toronto on Thursday when the 12 remaining candidates will be divided up into three teams under the tutelage of the three MuchMusic hopefuls.

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