Could student Lindsey be the next Blue Peter presenter?
Press release issued: 11 June 2013
A student from the University of Bristol is in the running to be the new presenter of popular children’s television show Blue Peter. Lindsey Russell, 22, is one of 10 people shortlisted for the post out of 20,000 applicants and will appear on a new spin-off show called ‘Blue Peter – You Decide!’ on CBBC.
For the first time, viewers will choose who will become the 36th presenter of the world’s longest-running children’s TV programme.
Judges Myleene Klass, Eamonn Holmes and Ceallach Spellman will be scrutinising the hopefuls to decide which of them will make it through each elimination stage. But they can’t influence the ultimate winner – that’s in the hands of the CBBC viewers, who will be able to vote online from 22 July to choose which of the final three will get the job of their dreams.
Lindsey, who is coming to the end of a four year Drama and French degree, will be put through a series of challenges designed to test some of the key skills a budding Blue Peter presenter will need to succeed.
But in the meantime she’s had to juggle filming commitments with her exams, which finish today [11 June].
Lindsey said: “I’ve been walking on cloud nine ever since I found out I was through to the final 10 – it’s the most incredible thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ve always wanted to be a Blue Peter presenter, ever since I was a child.
“It’s been such a rollercoaster experience, especially as I’ve had to concentrate on my final exams.”
Lindsey credits her success so far to UBTV, the student-run television station, who helped put together her show reel and entry. She’s been involved in over 20 of their videos on YouTube to build up experience and presenting skills.
Outgoing and creative, Lindsey has taught Film, Drama and English to French children, presented theatre workshops for The National Youth Theatre and performed in an award-winning comedy show at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She describes herself as musical and athletic, a keen skier and lacrosse player as well as performing piano and saxophone.
Lindsey said: “I think I’m bubbly, fun to be around. I am full of energy and think I’d make a good Blue Peter presenter as I know how to translate this energy to the viewers. I think that’s what makes me different – apart from my bright red hair and the fact that I’m really short. I have loads of enthusiasm and I’m always smiling. I’m quite clumsy too!
“If the CBBC viewers chose me as the new presenter of Blue Peter it would be life changing – a real dream come true. It would also mean I didn’t have to grow up and go into the boring adult world after uni – I could keep having fun!”
Her competition includes a former rowing coach, a charity fundraiser, an online television host and a primary school teacher.
‘Blue Peter - You Decide!’ starts on CBBC later this month.