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Who will make the cut on The Anchor?

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Host Noelle Kerr stands tall among the contestants waiting to see which 20 will be selected for the next round of 'The Anchor' on CVM TV. - Contributed

Being a television anchor is a lot harder than it appears on the surface. The first two episodes of CVM TV's The Anchor have shown conclusively that not many people have the ability to read effectively from a teleprompter.

Simple words became tongue-twisters, much to the amusement of the growing audience that has started to buy into this home-grown reality show that aims to unearth the next television anchor.

An amalgam of professionals and university students tried out for the opportunity to win a portion of the $1.5 million as contestants came from across Jamaica for their 30 seconds of fame. They soon discovered that 100 words on the screen can take what seems like a lifetime to complete - especially when their reading skills need a lot of improvement. The result has been comedic situations that have viewers asking for frequent repeat broadcasts.

More than 250 people applied to the game show. In the third episode, airing next Monday, the best 25 contestants will appear but only 20 will be selected to go forward to the next round. Bets are on to see who will survive to be among the select few who could go on to get a guaranteed television contract and $500,000.

The Anchor airs on CVM TV on Mondays at 9 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.