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Trumbull Student Attempting to Become the Next Oprah!

Posted Jun. 9, 2010
Vote for Kent State student Dennis Forney to help him win a chance to host his own talk show.
Kent State University at Trumbull student Dennis Forney thinks he has what it takes to be … well … the next Oprah Winfrey. But he's asking for your help to make his dream come true.

Forney, who is majoring in Business Management, is participating in a nationwide contest crafted by television moguls Winfrey and reality TV super producer Mark Burnett (SurvivorĀ® & The ApprenticeĀ®). The pair has joined forces in search of the next big TV star and is giving everyone in the country the chance to host their own talk show on Winfrey's soon-to-be launched Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

The contest allows potential hosts from across the country to submit an up to three-minute video to Winfrey's OWN website, explaining why they think they should be selected and what material their future show would cover.

The contest is a two-step process. Following the online submission of contestant videos and subsequent fan voting, the top five online submissions as voted on by the general public will be flown to Los Angeles to meet the producers of a competition series. They will join a pool of talent selected by producers from the in-person casting calls and online submissions. From this group of finalists, a group of ten (10) cast members will be chosen to appear in a television competition series. At least one (1) online favorite from the top five (5) online submissions will be chosen for the television competition series, Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star that will air on OWN in 2011.

The television competition will feature participants taking part in challenges that will test whether they have what it takes to be the next big TV star.

The winner of the television competition will win their own talk show to be produced for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

View or vote for Forney's video.