23 year-old Melburnian Billy Russell has won the Channel [V] Presenter Search, announced yesterday in a live final on stage at Homebake in Sydney.
Russell nudged out finalists Sydney’s Jordan Loukas and Newcastle’s Ryan Stuart who were all put through final audition tasks during a liva broadcast. The three were asked to interview artists, prepare a piece to camera about Homebake on the spot, and host Live TV, the finalists were grilled on their music knowledge, ability to work under pressure, and of course, whether.
“Channel [V] was looking for a talent with a unique style who stood out from the crowd, but also one who complemented our current [V]J line-up,” said Shaun James, General Manager, XYZnetworks Music Channels.
“From the very beginning, Billy established himself as one to watch. His genuine passion for listening to and talking about music shone through in his auditions and he’s proven himself to be a real natural in front of the camera. Channel [V] is renowned for discovering and developing outstanding talent, and we can’t wait to work with Billy.”
Russell said, “Winning this Presenter Search is the single most amazing thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m just some kid who grew up idolising the likes of Yumi Stynes and James Mathison, thinking how cool it would be to have their job. And now I do! And it feels, well, like my dream has just come true (because it has!).”
His win follows an extensive search through more than 3000 applications. He joins Renee Bargh, Danny Clayton, Jane Gazzo and Kyle Linahan as channel [V]J.