Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Marcus Welch of Grand Rapids, MI Wins LOOKING FOR STARS Reality Show

The winner of LOOKING FOR STARS was announced on Starz Monday, Sept. 11 at 8:50 p.m. ET/PT. 34 year-old Marcus Welch of Grand Rapids, Mich. was named the winner of LOOKING FOR STARS and recipient of a speaking role in Revolution Studios′ action-adventure film Next starring Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore. The LOOKING FOR STARS season finale airing on Starz Monday, Sept. 18 at 8:50 p.m. ET/PT will follow Welch throughout his journey on the show and onto the set of the film.

Welch, a devoted father of five, has been splitting his time between his native Michigan and Los Angeles for the past few years to pursue his acting career. He has worked in film, television and on stage, most notably appearing in Coach Carter, Half Past Dead, and Before We Ruled Earth. In addition to acting, Welch is an accomplished musician and has been working on his debut album. Welch traveled to Las Vegas to audition for LOOKING FOR STARS this past April and was named a regional finalist along with Greg Kata.

The two runner-ups are (alphabetical by last name):

* Savanna D′Amico - Born in Manchester, N.H., 20 year-old Savanna D′Amico relocated to Summerville, S.C. before her junior year in high school and was crowned Miss Summerville High School in 2004. She began performing on-stage in high school and continues to do community theater in her spare time. D′Amico strives to make acting a full-time career and plans to move to Boston to pursue additional opportunities.

* Stephanie Warren - Born in Warren, Mich., 24 year-old Stephanie Warren left her hometown and moved to New York City four years ago to pursue a career in acting. She has studied at the HB Studio in New York and has landed several modeling and acting jobs, most notably appearing in the show "Film Fakers." Warren recently relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.

LOOKING FOR STARS, a Starz original micro-series, spent eight weeks auditioning aspiring actors in New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando and Kansas City. Two finalists were selected at each regional audition. Actor/director Melanie Mayron ("thirtysomething" and The Babysitters Club) joined host Alan Hunter (former MTV VJ) on the judging panel in Los Angeles.