Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Six Finalist Announced For ESPN DREAM JOB: EL REPORTERO- - Winner Gets World Cup Soccer Reporter Job

ESPN Deportes′ DREAM JOB: EL REPORTERO Finalists Announced

ESPN Deportes has announced six finalists for the first season of its reality series, DREAM JOB: EL REPORTERO, where the winner will take home $10,000 and get to serve as ESPN Deportes SportsCenter soccer reporter for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Hosted by ESPN Deportes soccer announcer Luis Omar Tapia, finals for DREAM JOB: EL REPORTERO will be aired Wednesday, May 17, at 8 p.m., ET.

Hopefuls turned out for a six-city casting tour conducted during the months of March and April in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston and Mexico City. After the regional auditions, just six finalists will compete head-to-head for a chance to win. The finalists will compete against one another in a series of "on-air" tasks, such as anchoring a studio show, acting as a sideline reporter, conducting interviews, and calling play-by-play. Their performance will be voted on by a panel of judges consisting of SportsCenter anchor Michele LaFountain, former Mexican soccer star and ESPN Deportes soccer analyst Daniel Brailovsky and Luis Felipe Hoyos, manager, talent negotiation, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International.

The finalists are: Cesar Doza (Canton, Mass.), Jannette Fernandez (Houston), Jose Del Valle (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Diego Santiago (Reseda, Calif.), Mauricio Pedroza (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) and Cesar Rodriguez (Chicago).

Some interesting facts about the finalists:

* The very first contestant in NYC became the very first finalist

* The oldest contestant is 26, and the youngest is 19

* Occupations include: Manager of a movie theater, fourth-grade teacher, a college student, political advisor and a law school student

* Mexico is represented by four of the final six contestants.


Cesar Doza, 25, Student From Caracas, VZ/ Canton, Mass

Jannette Fernandez, 26, Elementary School Teacher From Houston, TX

Jose Del Valle, 21, Movie Theatre Manager From Guatemala/ West Palm Beach, Fla.

Diego Santiago, 19, Student From Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico/ Ca Reseda, Calif

Mauricio Javier, 23, Law Student From San Luis Potosito, Mexico

Cesar Rodriguez, 24, Political Consultant From Chicago, IL