Image Credit: Adam Larkey/OWNOf all the shows coming up on OWN, the one that screams “become obsessed with me!” is definitely Your OWN Show. The who-wants-to-be-the-next-Oprah series taps into some of the best parts of reality contest shows: The contestants are vivacious and well-matched, and the ability to host a show is one we can all easily judge. Sure, it’s a lot of people kissing Oprah’s butt, and it gets a liiiiitle bit schlocky. But! There’s something so upbeat and loving about everyone trying to be their best selves, etc etc.
My early favorite is definitely Zach Anner. I was completely charmed by his audition videos over the summer (not to mention his social grace handling the subsequent voting controversies), and on Friday night’s premiere, he stood out as the contestant with the best, most telegenic sense of self and sense of humor. Team Zach!
So far, what’s setting Your OWN Show apart from, say, Design Star, or Dream Job, or Next Food Network Star is that everyone already seems very comfortable on camera. The big obstacle in the premiere was coming up with a solid idea, and then executing that with some level of production competency — which is a really different skill set than being ebullient and compelling on screen. It made the episode a little more Apprentice-y than I thought it would be, but I was still really into it.
Am I the only one totally psyched for this show, PopWatchers? Whom are you rooting for?