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Ayesha Asantewaa was just 16-years-old when she entered Xtra Talent, a competition run by BBC 1Xtra and BBC New Talent. The judges spotted her potential and she went on to present her own Saturday breakfast show.


Ayesha recently branched out into TV presenting and has been working on a number of children's programmes, and here she tells us about her experience as a new presenter...

In our advice section Ayesha tells us some of the things she's learned about presenting.


Q1. What made you stand out in the Xtra Talent competition, and what happened after you won?

I did exactly what they said on the tin - I told them why I thought I could make it as a DJ; I can talk and I love music! I was given a one month contract and I started to get known at 1Xtra, then I was given my own show for a year - I couldn't believe it!


Q2. Tell us about your show on 1Xtra, how do you cope with the early starts?

My show is called 'Ayesha' and it's me, the music and chat! It's quite hard getting people talking because the show is on so early... I have to set my alarm at 3.30 in the morning to make sure I get up... I am young, but I bring my own flavour to the show, I bring in a different audience.


Q3. How has winning the Xtra Talent competition affected your career?

It's started my career - it's given it such a big kick up the backside! I was expecting to do 1Xtra for a month and then go off to college and uni, but I kept getting called back and it's really opened up doors for me...


Q4. What attracted you to presenting, and how did you got into TV presenting?

The fact that you can get paid to talk! Angelica Bell from CBBC really inspired me when I was growing up, I could relate to her so much... After my first few shows on 1Xtra, I was invited to go on CBBC's Xchange and I was called back to do a screen test. A year later I auditioned for Level Up and ended up presenting with Sam and Mark!


Q5. What are you doing at the moment?

I'm presenting my own show on 1Xtra, I've just finished presenting the Big Toe Radio Show on BBC 7 and I presented Level Up for five months which was hard work but great fun. I've been chosen to present on CBeebies Radio and I've also been filming for Do Something Different (DSD) on CBBC. And in between all that I still keep up my hobbies!


Q6. What are your plans for the future?

I really don't know! I've done so much and I'm still young! There's so many things I'd love to do... I love puppetry and it would be great to perform in the theatre or on children's TV.


Ayesha's advice


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