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Small Town Gilbert Arizona Churns Out Reality TV Talent

Gilbert woman among top 12 contestants in ‘America’s Next Top Model’ contest 

Gilbert resident Brittany Brown, 18, is vying to win the “America’s Next Top Model” contest, a CW network TV show with an online component that requires supporters to vote for their favorite participant only on the days when contestants have new modeling pictures posted. Right now she is among the top 12 contestants.

Brown graduated from Mesquite High School last year and is studying at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She hasn’t declared her major, but is studying psychology and business at CGCC. “She loves cereal, ‘The Lion King’ and anything with fashion,” said her sister, Madi Brown.

Madi Brown said her sister “feels truly herself when she steps in front of the camera or onto the runway. She also wants to inspire young girls to go for their dreams as well, and never give up no matter how tough it gets. She’s ready to influence the fashion industry for the better.”

People can see Brown at Antm Voting  and vote Wednesday, next Saturday, June 27 and June 30. The site features contestants’ photos and videos, and Brown is sporting a makeover, her sister said.

The show airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on the CW network, but the online voting is key to selecting a winner. Brown is the only Arizona contestant and while she’s working in Los Angeles, Madi is trying to drive voter support.

 Gilbert teen goes to the Vegas round in ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ contest

From Gilbert, Arizona, Megan Branch auditions for So You Think You Can Dance. Megan lives with and is supported by her mother. She performs a unique dance to a unique Russian sounding techno track. Her routine was unusually unique. The judges comment she has fabulous feet, great lines, but she needs to let her hair down a bit. And with that, she gets her ticket straight to Vegas! After Megan, more and more girls get their tickets to the next round.

Megan Branch is 18 years old and from Gilbert, AZ. The show will probably call her a contemporary dancer, although her style is more like Sonya Tayeh’s modern jazz quirkiness. She is very powerful onstage, and the judges send her through to Vegas.

Read more at Suite101: So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Auditions in Los Angeles | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/so-you-think-you-can-dance-season-9-auditions-in-los-angeles-a408280#ixzz20FjEozBB

 Josh Metzler is one of twelve kids who were cast in the Hub’s reality television show Majors & Minors.

Born and raised in Gilbert, AZ, 15-year-old Josh Metzler has aspired to be a musician since he first joined the school choir in fourth grade. First learning the piano when he was eight and then picking up the violin at age ten, Josh has always had something musical going on in his life. He taught himself to play the guitar when he was 13, and began posting videos to YouTube not long after. Now, less than two years later, Josh is one of twelve kids who were cast in the Hub’s reality television show Majors & Minors. Josh has worked hard and practiced countless hours to get to this point, but could not have done it without the help and support of his family, friends, and fans. In March of 2011, he was featured on Michael Buckley’s YouTube, which entertains an audience of over 1.1 million subscribers, via the segment Buck Factor, a segment devoted to promoting undiscovered artists on YouTube. Overnight, Josh gained over 6,000 subscribers and by May had hit 10,000 subscribers. At the end of May, he submitted an audition video for the Hub’s upcoming reality TV show Majors & Minors. Just a couple weeks later, Josh got a call saying that he would be flown out to Hollywood for callback auditions. After final cuts were made, he and his family were informed that Josh was one of twelve kids who were chosen out of over 40,000 applicants to be the inaugural cast of Majors & Minors. Through the show, he had the incredible opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the business, including Adam Lambert, Avril Lavigne, Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Brandy, Mike Posner, Leona Lewis, Ryan Tedder, Colbie Caillat, Sean Kingston, and world-renowned songwriter Claude Kelley. The kids also were mentored by some of the industry’s most established mentors such as Evan “Kidd” Bogart (songwriter for such superstars as Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, Pussycat Dolls, Keyshia Cole, Jason Derulo, Ke$ha, Enrique Iglesias, Sean Kingston, Hot Chelle Rae and Beyonce), Debra Byrd (vocal coach on American Idol for all 10 seasons), David “DQ” Quinones (songwriter and vocal producer for Brandy, The Pussycat Dolls, Beyonce, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, and many more), and Paul Mirkovich (whose credits as musical director/keyboardist/vocalist include award winning artists like Pink, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Janet Jackson, INXS, Anastasia and Whitesnake). The experience has been the opportunity of a lifetime, and Josh is so grateful he has been given such an unsurpassed platform that will allow him to share his music on an even greater level. Be sure to check Josh out on YouTube (AZSinger62).


Natalie Martinez of Gilbert, AZ finished in second place taking home $50,000 on Big BrotherNatalie Martinez

Natalie Martinez[ born March 3, 1985 is a single woman of Argentinian & African-American heritage residing in Gilbert, Arizona. She is a Tae Kwon Do champion and enjoys playing poker. She is 24 years old, but told her fellow HouseGuests she was only 18. Kevin appeared to be the only HouseGuest to doubt her claims, claiming that she looked to be at least 25. Over the course of the game, Natalie did tell some HouseGuest her true age, including Jessie, Chima, and Kevin. In her goodbye message to Casey, she also revealed her real age. On Day 1, Natalie was placed in the Athletes Clique. Despite being one of the last two hanging in the endurance competition, Natalie quickly became seen as a non-threat because of her performance in competitions. On Day 40, Jeff chose to exercise his power of Coup d’État, and changed Head of Household Chima’s nominations, placing Natalie and her ally Jessie on the block. Natalie survived the eviction, however, and Jessie was evicted. Natalie quickly became seen as a pawn, and faced nominations three more times in a row. She was nominated on days 42, 44, and 51. On Day 61, Natalie became the new Head of Household, her first win of the season. This ensured her a spot in the final three. On Day 73, Jordan won the final Head of Household competition, and chose to take Natalie to the Final Two with her. Natalie then became the Runner-Up of Big Brother 11, earning two of the seven Jury Votes.

Gilbert’s Elektrolytes win MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’

Gilbert-based Elektrolytes won Season 7 of “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew,” a competitive dance reality television series on MTV.

The dance team beat the all-female 8 Flavahz from Honolulu on the June 13 season finale, which featured singer Katy Perry.

The Elektrolytes team received a $100,000 grand prize.

The members of the group, all from Gilbert, are Sal Banuelos, 24, Benjamin Barnett, 21, Chris Thomas, 26,Nico Banuelos, 21, Kyle James Price, 20, Marcus “TK” Jones, 16, George Jones, 21, and Jose “Joey” Arevalo, 27.

The youth have been together as Elektrolytes for about six years, but their dancing dates to junior high school. Fans in Gilbert have been following them since they left for Los Angeles to film the series.

“They…have represented Arizona with such dignity, style and talent unimaginable,” said Angelic Barela, a fan.

During the last few weeks in Los Angeles, the crew has been working on commercials in between the competition.

The team is scheduled to return to Arizona on Friday.

by Srianthi Perera and Sky Schaudt on Jun. 14, 2012, under Arizona Republic News




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