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MTV2 Searches for Locals Who Can Read

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 15, 2006 5:22PM

2006_11_kurtloder.gifIt used to be our fantasy — being a VJ on MTV. We could meet every band. We could go to all the parties, not to mention getting into every concert for free with backstage passes. Sure we’d have to talk to Kurt Loder, but every job has its not-so-glorious aspects. The undying adulation from Bono about our insightful comments regarding the latest U2 album would be enough to get us through those dark times.

2006_11_downtownjulie.jpgWe gave up long ago on being a VJ, but not everyone has given up on their less-than-15 minutes of fame. MTV2 will be auditioning those who have a “voice,” “look,” and “personality” on Wednesday, November 29, at the House of Blues in Chicago for the local face of MTV2. So, when having that second helping of mashed potatoes over the Thanksgiving holiday, remember that it will all have to be burned off in less than a week in order to fit into those hip outfits that Downtown Julie Brown used to wear on air.

2006_11_jessecamp.bmpAll that’s required of the VJ hopefuls is standing there, holding a script, reading from it and looking good. Real good — Botox, toned body, and fake boobs good. We know Chicago can come up with some bigger personalities (read: freaks) than Jesse Camp. The auditions take place from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. on November 29. The first 100 potential MTV2 Local Face hopefuls will receive a pair of tickets to see The Living End’s performance after the auditions. That’s almost enough to make us add some collagen to our lips and go on a fast. If Martha Quinn could do it….

The Living End with Zox, House of Blues, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., $14, All Ages