Who’s the star?

If you work in this wacky business as a host, actor or even a grip, I highly recommend reading the trades as it’s important to be fluent in the goings on in the industry.  The following 3 paragraphs (regarding which hosts will likely be nominated for Emmys) are courtesy of Cynopsis, an online trade…

“The hosting category should have more competition. The nominations will likely go to Tom Bergeron of Dancing with the Stars, Jeff Probst of Survivor, Ryan Seacrest of American Idol, Heidi Klum of Project Runway, and Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio for Top Chef.

Tom Bergeron with Dancing With the Stars is a leading choice for the award and many TV trackers, such as Michael Buckley, host of YouTube show What the Buck, are rooting big for Bergeron this year. Bergeron has the hosting chops given his background hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos and Hollywood Squares. He’s been nominated for the past two years since this award was christened and many expected him to win last year.

Survivor host Jeff Probst has captured the statue every year. Probst will naturally be a strong pick this year too. He’s the “grandfather” of the genre, the host many others try to emulate, and has fronted the hit show since 2000. Ryan Seacrest of American Idol will give Probst a run for his money and, like Probst, Seacrest is a host that many others try to imitate.”

So, what is it about all of these hosts that make them worthy of mention?  I believe it’s the fact that they all (with the exception of Heidi Klum – sorry, Heidi!) know how to make the contestants the STAR.

What I mean by that is while each of these hosts are conceivably the actual stars of their shows, they give way to the contestants putting them at the center of the show.  By doing so, they not only come off as likeable, but they wind up serving the show’s mission be it to find the next pop star, fashion designer or chef.

Lesson to be learned:  be likeable and not a camera hog.  Pretty simple, really.

In the infamous words of my husband, Marty Metro, “Good luck and be yourself!”

Tracy Metro is a TV host who has worked for Fine Living, TLC, Discovery, Disney, Sony, Mark Burnett, et al hosting shows about cooking, DIY, shopping, eco-lifestyle, et al subjects.  To learn more about her (because now you’re intrigued), go to www.tracymetro.com

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