Fox 13's Charley Belcher needs your vote to co-host Live with Regis and Kelly
We can say we knew him when: WTVT-Ch. 13 feature reporter extraordinaire Charley Belcher was among 20 semi-finalists chosen Monday for the latest co-host contest held by the syndicated show Live with Regis and Kelly.
Belcher, renown as wingman to our pop music critic Sean Daly and ringmaster of Fox 13's American Idol coverage, was among 20 hopefuls chosen from thousands of applicants. To make it to the finals -- where five guys and five women will each co-host the show with either Regis Philbin or Kelly Ripa later in August, he needs votes from fans, who have until 10 tonight to cast their ballot by clicking here. (the site will ask you to register to participate)
The contest reminds me of the time another Fox 13 personality got within spitting distance of Philbin's show -- that was back in 2000, when then-feature reporter and radio personality Nancy Alexander actually appeared with Philbin during the national search to replace Kathie Lee Gifford. (Alexander actually spit out a breath mint during her co-hosting gig, which also featured a gag on how she canceled an OB-GYN appointment to make the show).
The stakes this time around are a lot lower -- nobody expects Philbin or Ripa to leave the successful daytime show anytime soon. Still, it's a chance to make a serious impression with a national audience, and Belcher is a personable everyguy bound to make a good impression.
Reege better look out.
Check out his audition tape below: