Local star one step closer in nationwide talent search for new Marks and Spencers TV presenter

Issue date: 11 November 2011


Local aspiring TV star, Shazin Nurse, from Battersea, London is one step closer to winning a once-in-a-lifetime presenting role with Marks and Spencers TV after making it onto a final shortlist of 12 contestants in a nationwide talent search.

With more than 2.4 million viewers, Marks and Spencers TV tells the stories behind one of Britain's most iconic retailers. If Shazin wins, she will have the opportunity to get exclusive behind the scenes access to the Marks and Spencers business, including an interview with celebrity stylist Kate Halfpenny.

Shazin spent three years studying for a degree in property and investment at UWE Bristol before realising that it wasn't the career path she wanted to follow. She then secured her first job at a local community radio station and later moved on to take an internship with the BBC where she developed her passion for presenting.

Shazin says, “I really enjoyed my degree at UWE Bristol but the opportunity to present on Hub Radio sent me off in a completely new direction. I left university knowing that my dream job would be to present on television or radio.”

As a self-confessed food lover and fashionista, Shazin entered the competition by uploading an engaging one minute video clip of herself outside the M&S store in Covent Garden, where she offered customers and passers-by free samples of her favourite M&S desserts to taste and rate with a score. Shazin used her love of Marks and Spencers food to connect with local shoppers in a fun and engaging way.

Shazin recently took part in a series of filming challenges in central London to test her mettle as a potential M&S TV presenter. The resulting videos will be put to the public vote with M&S TV fans selecting their favourite three at www.marksandspencer.com/competition.

If Shazin makes it down to the final three, she will appear before a judging panel consisting of stylist to the stars Kate Halfpenny, Editor of The Sun's TV buzz magazine, Steven Corbett, and Chris Gorell-Barnes from the multichannel video agency Adjust Your Set. The judges will determine the overall winner who will receive an M&S TV filming contract worth £5,000 and win a coveted pair of X-Factor final tickets.

Shazin said: “When I was told I was through to the next round I was ecstatic. I really tried to present something unique in my initial audition, but you can never be sure what will catch the judges' eye.

“Since my first days on local community radio I knew I wanted to make a life-long career out of presenting, but it can be so hard to get your first big break. M&S TV has given me the opportunity to one day fulfil my ambitions. I'm going to give it my all to stand out and really impress the judges and I am asking everyone in Battersea to support and vote for me.”

Steven Corbett, Editor of The Sun's TV buzz magazine and member of the judging panel, comments: “Shazin has done so well to be selected from hundreds of entries. Getting a foot into showbiz can be tough and M&S TV is giving these finalists a priceless chance to show what they can do. I really can't wait to meet the final three and help find the next big thing.”

Simon Wood, Head of Online Operations at M&S, said: “We've all been impressed by the talent we've uncovered over the last three weeks, and I don't envy the judges who will have to pick one winner. The challenges will make for some great viewing, so we're asking customers to tune in and help decide who they want to represent them as the new face of M&S TV.”

The public can vote for their final three contestants from Wednesday, 2 November at www.marksandspencer.com/competition. The new face of M&S TV will be announced on 23 November. Full rules and terms and conditions can be found at http://marksandspencer.metafaq.com/help/company-website/competition-ms-presents.

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