Oprah wants to give someone a chance to host their own show on her network, but her “Search for the Next TV Star” is causing controversy after allegations of vote rigging.
For the show, “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star” contestants gathered through online audition tapes and open casting calls at four Kohl’s stores.
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Over 10,000 hopefuls signed on, each proposing the kind of show they would like to host. From that pool, five finalists will be chosen from online vote, and others by judges from the live castings. Ten finalists will appear in an eight-episode boot camp to determine who will get to host; shows will air when OWN launches in January 2011 and will be executive produced by Mark Burnett.
As of this writing, the top two online vote-getters are Phyllis Wick-Turner, a Florida college professor, and Zach Anner, a 25-year-old from Austin.
And that’s where the controversy begins.