Blue Peter - You Decide!: Meet the Hopefuls
More than 20,000 people showed an interest in joining our Blue Peter family. Now ten potentials have been chosen to take part in Blue Peter - You Decide! This is a new show where you will get to vote for the person you want as your new Presenter.
Blue Peter - You Decide! starts on 24 June on the CBBC channel. We can’t wait to see who you choose to join Helen and Barney.
Meet the final ten!
Loughborough-born Andy describes the chance to become the next Blue Peter presenter as ‘a dream come true’. He began making videos before getting a job presenting sports– something he’s really passionate about as a former track athlete. In the past year as a web presenter, Andy has interviewed tv and sports stars.
Andy says: “I am who I am. There’s no-one like me. I love travelling and adventures. I think my friends would say that if there’s something I want I really go for it and try to achieve it.
University student Ben has spent the past three years studying at University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Originally from North East London, his degree has allowed him to explore the world – trekking through jungles, climbing mountains and eating insects. Yum!
Ben says: “I’m unlike anyone who has been on Blue Peter before and I’m up for anything. I’m always laughing and constantly looking for opportunities to try something new.
Freddie has never before been in front of the camera…until now! Raised on his family’s farm, he has a love of animals and the great outdoors. Freddie’s presented two radio shows at University. He has completed half marathons all over the UK – training that he hopes will help him achieve his goal to be your next Blue Peter presenter.
Freddie says: “I’m energetic, enthusiastic and committed. I don’t shy away from anything, and I smile a lot – I’ll genuinely do anything that’s asked of me without hesitation and with a smile on my face.
Isaac has a passion for presenting and is currently studying TV and Radio. Cool and confident, Isaac has spent the last year interviewing guest DJs and presenting videos for web, but his real passion is children’s TV. Growing up as part of a big family, he loves spending time with them. Isaac loves cooking and football – especially Tottenham Hotspur!
Isaac says: “If the CBBC viewers chose me as their new Blue Peter presenter it would mean absolutely everything. It would be the ultimate dream come true. All I want to do is be a Blue Peter presenter.”
Science-mad Ross loves nothing more than showing off new things about the world. Ross creates videos for the web showing the world all about his love of science. Born in Newport, South Wales, It’s not just in the lab that Ross is bold and daring; he’s also a black belt in Taekwondo, loves travel and will try anything once.
Ross says: “I can’t think of the words to describe how amazing it would be if I was the new Blue Peter presenter. I get excited a lot, but that doesn’t even begin to explain what it would mean to me. It would change my life.”
As a primary school teacher, Emma loves entertaining staff and pupils every week in assembly. Full of energy and up for any challenge, Middlesbrough-born Emma loves music and getting creative. She runs two school choirs and knows a thing or two about makes because of all the activities she does in class. Outside of school, Emma has slept in the African rainforest and climbed mountains in China!
Emma says: “If I was chosen I’d be achieving a goal that I never thought was possible and doing something I’d never, ever thought I’d have the chance to do. It would be a dream come true.”
Somerset born Hettie doesn’t need much of an excuse to bring out her inner daredevil. As a charity fundraiser she’s raised an amazing £250,000, has completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and tried new and exciting experiences all over the world – from crunching on deep fried creepy crawlies in Bangkok to sharing mud baths with elephants in Thailand.
Hettie says: “I think I could bring a different element to the show and shake it up a little. I’m interested in different cultures and am fresh and different. I don’t have any presenting experience at all but am willing to work hard and learn – a diamond in the rough hopefully!
Dancing queen Kerry has an ambition to be the longest serving Blue Peter presenter ever! Londoner Kerry attended the Brit School where Jessie J and Adele also went and she trained in dance and performance – from jazz and musical theatre to singing and hip hop. Outgoing and spontaneous Kerry describes herself as a big kid at heart and capable of doing absolutely anything if she puts her mind to it!
Kerry says: “It would mean the absolute world to me if I was chosen – a dream come true. Blue Peter is the longest running children’s TV show and it would be such an honour. It would be the biggest achievement of my life.”
French-speaking Lindsey is outgoing and creative. Lindsey has taught Film, Drama and English to French children, presented theatre workshops for The National Youth Theatre and performed in an award-winning comedy show at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She describes herself as musical and athletic, a keen skier and lacrosse player as well as performing piano and saxophone.
Lindsey says: “If the CBBC viewers chose me as the new presenter of Blue Peter it would be life changing – a real dream come true. It would also mean I didn’t have to grow up and go into the boring adult world after uni – I could keep having fun!”
Since watching Blue Peter as a child, Shona has dreamt of presenting the show. Born in Edinburgh but now working behind the scenes in TV in London. Shona dreams of stepping out from behind the camera to pursue a career in front of the lens. With an infectious personality and a thirst for adventure, Shona says she “won’t fail at any challenge” to prove that she’s the right girl for the job!
Shona says: “I’m always up for a challenge and love learning new things. I think I have an infectious personality and will hopefully get people excited about what I’m doing. I think I’m a girlie girl with an edge – a real go-getter.
Good luck gang! We'll be watching.