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24 September 2014
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Maddy Stevens the new 'Making It' face of CBBC

Maddy Stevens - the new face of CBBCMaddy Stevens, aged 19 from Eastbourne, has secured an exclusive 12 month contract to present on CBBC, winning the coveted contract from thousands of hopefuls who had applied and auditioned.

Making It - the search for a brand new face for CBBC - was launched back in April by BBC Talent.

Thousands of people auditioned around the country all desperate to join the CBBC presenting team.

Maddy won through to the final 10 and for the past four weeks has been part of the television series Making It on CBBC where she has been battling it out on screens, presenting live links, performing tasks and learning the top tips of the presenter trade.

Her every move has been scrutinised by the Making It judges - BBC Executive Producer Paul Smith, top agent Vivienne Clore and journalist Rachel Roberts.

Last week Maddy made it through to the final five and then Making It handed over to the most discerning of judges - the CBBC viewers!

All this week CBBC viewers have been voting for who they want to be their new CBBC presenter via phone lines and the CBBC website.

Maddy, who cites singing in a band and making novelty pants for her friends as her hobbies, waited anxiously in the CBBC studios this afternoon along with the other four finalists for the votes to be counted and was ecstatic when the result came through.

She said: "I just can't believe it! It's been a real challenge, lots of hard work but loads of fun. I'm really looking forward to joining CBBC, it's a dream come true."

Paul Smith added: "Maddy showed us that she had what it takes to be a television presenter, but in the end it was the CBBC viewers who had the final vote.

"We are delighted to welcome Maddy to the CBBC presenter team and look forward to working with her."

The tension and excitement have been exhausting and exhilarating for Maddy, but there's no time to rest - on Monday she will be in the CBBC studios, and will also be appearing with the rest of the CBBC team at the Prom in the Park in September.



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