Miami Grad In "Today" Show Contest
Nothing like starting at the top. Got a call today from former Miss Ohio 2001 Natalie Witwer Metzger, wife of Matthew Metzger, former "American Idol" singer and "One Life To Live" actor. She's one of 16 finalists this week for the "Today" show's "Anchor for Today" sweeps contest.
On the 9 a.m. hour Thursday (Ch. 5, 2), "Today" will show her video, and entries from three other conestants. The one with the most viewer votes on the web or will advance.
"I've always dreamed big, and always thought it would be fun to be a news anchor or TV hosts," says Metzger, 25, who earned a marketing degree from Miami in 2004. She's an executive assistant in a Manhattan investment firm. "I've always wanted to get into hosting."
She says she did a Jay Leno-style "Jay-walking" man-on-the-street interviews asking people "Today" trivia.
Metzger will appear on "Today" Friday, when the field of 16 is cut down to two. Two finalists will compete next week. The winner will be announced Wednesday, the last day of sweeps, and will co-host the 9 a.m. hour on Thursday.
Thursday you can see her video and vote at
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633/ Click on "Anchor for Today."
By the way, she says Matthew is in LA auditioning for roles in fall TV pilots. He's auditioning for a sitcom pilot today, she says. He was killed off "One Life To Live" last May.