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Tryouts for reality TV show from Amazing Race producers in Tampa Friday and Saturday



focus-rallylogo.jpegAs requirements for reality TV series go, these are pretty loose.

You must be aged 23 to 40. 

You must have an income ranging from $30,000 to $100,000

You must have a large following on some social media platform such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace or YouTube.

And you must be outgoing and opinionated.

If you meet all those requirements, you might be the next contestant chosen for a new unscripted competition series under development by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganeri from The Amazing Race, dubbed Rally Across America. And you're in luck, because casting producers from the show will be in Tampa Friday and over the weekend scouting for the next area reality TV star.

The five-week-long rally, announced a couple of weeks ago, is sponsored by Ford and will feature the car company's 2012 version of its Focus model, complete with a touch screen, traffic and directions service, HD radio and rear view camera.

During the race, six teams of two will compete in challenges strewn across the country, Amazing Race-style, using whatever followers they have online to help them crack clues and advance in the contest. Teams will get $10,000 each just for participating; the winners get a $100,000 grand prize and 10 Focus cars for fans and supporters of the winning team.

The show itself won't air on a TV network -- at least, not at first. Camera crews will edit footage into shows within a day, to be streamed online via, said casting producer Jen Apploff. Long and short-form tinaandken-greene.jpegwebisodes will air on Hulu, along with material generated by the participants posted across a variety of social media platforms.

A Clearwater native who graduated from Tarpon springs high School, Apploff hopes to find quality teams in her hometown, filled with distinctive people who bounce off each other in interesting ways.

"With Amazing Race, the two people they have in teams are often the opposite of each other," said Apploff, who was unaware that Tampa residents Ken and Tina Greene placed second in the fall 2008 edition of CBS' hit series. "Tampa's always had an eclectic range of people  -- lots of folks doing well for themselves in an up and coming area."

If you've got what it takes, head to Jackson's Bistro at 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. in Tampa on Friday between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Or try MacDinton's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 405 South Howard Avenue in Tampa on Saturday between the hours of noon and 3 p.m.

If you've got two or three people willing to serve as your teammate, even better.

Or click here to apply online; you'll have to upload a video explaining why you're the ideal candidate for the show.

[Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 3:00am]


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