Sprout to Search Coast-to-Cast for Live Children's Morning Show Host

Do you have what it takes to prepare millions of preschoolers each morning for their day? Sprout, the 24-hour preschool network, is giving aspiring actors and fans the opportunity to audition for the role of live morning show host with its launch of Sprout's Host Hunt - a national competition to find the next great preschool TV host.

From July 30 through August 31, hosting hopefuls are invited to record a 60 second audition video including their rendition of Sprout's "Happy Birthday Song" and to upload it at SproutOnline.com. Each day in August, Sprout will select the most notable videos to highlight on its Youtube channel, giving fans everywhere the opportunity to watch and participate via social media in the Sprout Host Hunt. A live event will also be held in Los Angeles on August 23 at Universal CityWalk where Carly, one of The Sunny Side Up Show co-hosts, will join Chica - the world's most famous chicken - to entertain fans and help prepare contestants for their audition.

Three Sprout Host Hunt finalists will be flown to the set of The Sunny Side Up Show in Philadelphia in September, where they will have the chance to audition with Chica live in front of the show's producers. The Sprout Host Hunt winner will be announced in December.

"Sprout's Host Hunt is a great way for us to expand our casting process across the nation to find bright new talent to join Chica on The Sunny Side Up Show, the only daily live morning show for preschoolers," said Sandy Wax, President of Sprout. "Broadening our search and sharing these videos on our Youtube network is an incredibly fun way to discover new talent and engage our audience. After all, who wouldn't want to walk in the footsteps of TV icons like Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers?"

The Sunny Side Up Show is a live, three-hour television block, dedicated to helping preschoolers prepare for their day. Children, their parents and caregivers can interact with the hosts through SproutOnline.com, by sharing birthday wishes, crafts, games, show-and-tell and more. The show incorporates hosted segments and also links to Sprout's gold-standard shows, such as The Chica Show, Barney & Friends and Super Why.




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