Irish woman lands dream MTV role

A YOUNG Irish woman is set to party with global music stars tonight after landing a dream reporter’s job with MTV.

Michelle Forde, 25, from Glanmire in Cork, will be MTV’s red carpet reporter at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards event which is being staged at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Her interviews with the stars will be broadcast by the global music channel to 41 countries across Europe.

MTV has confirmed that Beyoncé, P!nk, Duffy, The Killers, Kid Rock, Perez Hilton, Estelle, and Kanye West are among the stars due to attend.

The actor and aspiring playwright was chosen for the job after a competition run by Dell computers.

Michelle submitted a 60-second video of herself supping a cup of tea and urging people to flaunt their own personal style.

“Sameness is boring, uniqueness is the key,” she said.

“If you’re a banana, just be a banana. There’s no point in forging a life as a tomato,” she advised.

Judges said her unique personal style and natural poise in front of the camera clinched it for her.

“We were blown away by the quality of the entries that we received for the Red Carpet Reporter competition,” said David Clifton, Dell Europe’s director of consumer marketing.

“Michelle really impressed us by her poise, creativity, and her intelligent take on what personal style means. She will definitely be a hit in Liverpool on the Red Carpet.”

As well as getting access to stars on the red carpet, Michelle has also received a VIP package which includes luxury four-star accommodation in Liverpool, a pass to the event press conference, a backstage pass, and an exclusive pass to attend the official after-party event with the music stars.

Competition for the job was fierce, with entrants strutting their stuff, composing songs, reciting original poetry, and dressing up, or down, to show off their own personal style.

Hopefuls swarmed the Dell Cab mobile film studio in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool, to record and submit their auditions. Submissions were also accepted online.

Michelle’s winning video can be seen at http://ema. mtv.co.uk/win/dell/

“MTV are pleased that this competition attracted such creative responses,” said Jules Robinson, senior vice president, Viacom Brand Solutions.

“It demonstrates that our audience engages with initiatives that connect with their own sense of creativity.”

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