TRAVEL CHANNEL SELECTS THE TOP 15 CONTESTANTS FOR "TRAVEL CHANNEL STAR" COMPETITION
CHEVY CHASE, MD (May 13, 2015) - Who will be the next Travel Channel Star? After reviewing over 1,000 entries from travel enthusiasts across the country, Travel Channel has narrowed the search to the top 15 contestants. Each with their own take on travel, these wanna-be hosts bring many areas of expertise and perspective on how they would explore the world. The professions they are willing to leave behind include part-time poll worker, personal trainer and high school science teacher.
In the 15 five-minute webisodes, three judges and host Bert Kreischer, professional fun-seeker and host of "Trip Flip," provide colorful commentary and feedback about each audition.
Did the judges get it right? Fans can vote for their favorite contender on TravelChannel.com's "Travel Channel Star" page and on Twitter using #travelchannelstar until Friday, May 15. The top five will be revealed on Travel Channel's website on Monday, May 25 with additional commentary from Kreischer and the judges.
The winner of 2015's "Travel Channel Star" will host their own five-part series on TravelChannel.com and will be named in a one-hour special, hosted by Kreischer, on Travel Channel later this year.
The top 15 contestants competing for the "Travel Channel Star" title (in alphabetical order by first name):
Blake Jeffers - Savannah, Ga.
Travel Specialty: Earthy Travel
Current Occupation: High school science teacher
Chris Wagner - Lansing, Kan.
Travel Specialty: Fitness
Current Occupation: Personal trainer
Christie Rojo - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Travel Specialty: Spirituality
Current Occupation: Church Youth Ministry
Gaby Barrag�n - Santa Monica, Calif.
Travel Specialty: Dance
Current Occupation: Barback
Janel Koloski - Greensburg, Penn.
Travel Specialty: Fearless Traveler
Current Occupation: Nanny and personal assistant
Jimmy Taylor - Montmorency, Australia
Travel Specialty: Adventure
Current Occupation: Actor and personal trainer
Juliana Jurenas - Annandale, Va.
Travel Specialty: Off the Beaten Path
Current Occupation: Actress, receptionist and waitress
Martice Sutton - Philadelphia, Penn.
Travel Specialty: Budget Travel
Current Occupation: Founder, Girls Going Global
Nick Leighton - San Francisco, Calif.
Travel Specialty: Embalmed Bodies of Communist Dictators
Current Occupation: Business consultant, realtor and freelance journalist
Ricky Moreno - Las Vegas, Nev.
Travel Specialty: Fish Out of Water
Current Occupation: Tour manager
Saundra Dunson-Franks - Atlanta, Ga.
Travel Specialty: Baby Boomers' Bucket List
Current Occupation: Part-time poll worker
Tara Malone - Hatboro, Penn.
Travel Specialty: Solo Travel
Current Occupation: Account Executive
Tarique Connelly - Philadelphia, Penn.
Travel Specialty: Outside the Box
Current Occupation: Direct sales representative
Tony Nagatani - Honolulu, Hawaii
Travel Specialty: Fusion
Current Occupation: Video editor
Veronica Jacob - Newberry, S.C.
Travel Specialty: Cultural Immersion
Current Occupation: Law school graduate
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