Southsea student bids to become Blue Peter presenter

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VALERIE Singleton, John Noakes, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Yvette Fielding, Konnie Huq, Gethin Jones and Helen Skelton....

These names have been television favourites through the years and now Portsmouth student Michael McFadyen has set his sights on fulfilling a lifelong dream by joining the list and becoming a presenter on Blue Peter.

AUDITION Michael McFadyen in his showreel

AUDITION Michael McFadyen in his showreel

An audition showreel was filmed along the Southsea seafront near where Michael lives in Albert Road and has been sent into Blue Peter.

Michael, 20, who is studying media and journalism at the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘I filmed the showreel in one day and it was a lot of fun but hard work. The whole thing sounds cheesy but it has been my dream job since I was young and I have never known what else I wanted to do with my life.

‘It seems like such a great job where you get to do amazing things and have so many experiences that you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. I am always up for a challenge and have always been an active person.

‘I was going to do sport at university but I decided to pursue this instead.

‘I looked up the current Blue Peter presenter, Helen Skelton, and saw that she did media at university so hopefully I follow the same path as her.’

If successful with his audition showreel, Michael will appear on a new television show, So You Think You Can Be a Blue Peter Presenter, which will be hosted by CBBC stars Dick and Dom.

The show will have the potential presenters doing a number of challenges with one eliminated each week and has been scheduled for the summer.

The final two contestants will then go to a public vote to decide the winner.

If Michael gets to this stage, he will have to consider whether or not to carry on with university.

He said: ‘I have thought a lot about what happens if I get through to the show and my lecturers at the university have been really supportive.

‘This is something that I have always wanted to do and the programme sounds like it would be great fun to take part in.

‘There have been loads of entries from across the country but I am keeping my fingers crossed.’