Reality television now enters sports channels with the launch of a new programme
Cricket is a religion in India. With cricket being an integral part of our lives and a surge of sports broadcasters in India, to become a sports presenter is definitely a dream job for many sports enthusiasts. Cashing in on this passion, ESPN STAR Sports held the auditions for “Clinic All Clear Dream Job” in New Delhi recently. The contest is a national level talent hunt for a sports presenter on the new channel, from the stable of ESPN STAR Sports, STAR Cricket.
The event witnessed numerous sports enthusiasts queue up for auditions to fulfil their grand dream. The participants were taken through various rounds of unprompted commentary and interviews in front of the jury, which comprised former India captain Ravi Shastri, actor and cricket presenter Mandira Bedi and Executive Producer of News, ESPN STAR Sports, Sharon Van Zwieten.
“A sports presenter needs a lot of spontaneity and presence of mind. It is a challenging job as the action is live and the result is unpredictable. This is a lethal combination and it takes time to adjust and respond,” said Mandira Bedi. Admitting that her first tête-À-tête with the camera as a sports presenter was scary, she added, “One has to be always at one’s confident best, to be – All Clear All The Way”. According to jury member Sharon Van Zwieten, “The format of the show has been made bigger and the focus is on going international. STAR Cricket is committed towards providing innovative and interesting content to its viewers.”
The contestants will be tested on various parameters such as presence of mind, domain knowledge, presentation, camera readiness as well as performance during live matches. From the auditions, 16 contestants will make it to the studio rounds, with the final four heading to Sydney.
Viewers will not just see the contestants live during the semi finals, but they will also be able to vote for their favourites. The final round will see the top two contestants go to the ESPN STAR Sports studios in Singapore, where each of them will get to do a story live on Sports Center. The winner of this talent hunt will get a one-year contract as a sports presenter.
At the audition, Ravi Shastri said, “The talent hunt provides sports enthusiasts a brilliant opportunity to showcase their understanding of sports to the entire world.”
“Clinic All Clear Dream Job” will be televised on STAR Cricket every Thursday, starting in a month’s time.PRAMEET NARULA