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Cast Announced for NBC's "I Want to be a Hilton"
Fansofrealitytv.com--NBC's "I Want to be a Hilton" promises a diverse cast locked in a classy competition.
Paris Hilton has a mother. A mother that wants to be in the spotlight. Kathy Hilton will star in NBC’s unscripted series of “I Want to be a Hilton” premiering Tuesday, June 21, (9:00 P. M., ET) featuring 14 contestants from across the U.S.—all competing in the heart of the Big Apple--for a luxurious prize package consisting of a $200,000 trust fund, new apartment, wardrobe, and the opportunity to live the high life, ala Hilton-style, for a year.
Since it isn’t easy living the life of a Hilton, Mama Hilton will school these wannabe socialites in living the glamorous lifestyle of high society by featuring weekly challenges involving art, culture, beauty, and fashion in what promises to be an engaging and humorous series. In Apprentice-like fashion, those contestants who don’t make the “A-list” face a weekly elimination in Hilton’s version of “the board room.”
Hilton feels this is an amazing and diverse group of individuals that America is going to fall in love with, and she is lucky to have spent time with them.
The contestants will reside at the historic Melrose Hotel in the heart of New York City and be divided into two teams: Park and Madison. A crash course of the do’s and don’ts of haute couture, etiquette, and how to handle unforgiving press will be presented by Hilton as they are introduced into the society scene. Tasks very reminiscent of The Apprentice will include dog grooming, a fashion show, and organizing a charity event.
What do a singing beauty queen, septic tank installer, Las Vegas showgirl, ranch hand, and synchronized swimmer all have in common? They all want to be a Hilton!
Here’s a look at the cast:
Yvette (Las Vegas, Nev.) Las Vegas Dancer
Yvette, 26, born in England, has traveled extensively with her professional showgirl-dancing career. She moved to Las Vegas two years ago and has no desire to leave. She formerly wrote a column titled "Making Vegas," about her life in 'Sin City.' Yvette yearns to be swinging high on the Vegas social scene.
Jules (Port Station, N.Y.) Receptionist
Jules, 26, a Long Island native who currently is working as an apparel store manager, wants to be an event planner but dreams of having her own talk show called, "Tell it to Jules." Jules graduated from St. Joseph's College in Long Island and frequents the club scene in New York City.
Latricia (Inglewood, Calif.) Motor Vehicles Clerk
A military brat born in Germany, Latricia, 31, moved to the United States at a young age. This Los Angeles DMV worker is a single mom devoted to raising her five-year-old son. Latricia will do anything to insure her son has the finer things in life. Despite having a routine life, she wants to dip her feet into the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
JW (Byram, Miss.) Construction Worker
JW, 24, lives in Byram, Mississippi, where he knows everyone in town. JW works for his father's construction business where his mom brings him and his dad lunch every day. He went to Southern Mississippi College on a football scholarship, but feels like not one of his dreams has ever panned out. Currently JW is playing Arena Football for The Lubbock Gun Slingers in Lubbock, Texas.
John (Queens, N.Y.) Plumber
John, 24, a plumber by day and a 'speaker dancer' by night, splits his time between New York and Boca Raton, Florida. John attended St. John’s University but is currently pursuing a pharmaceutical degree at Florida Atlantic University. He once worked as a stockbroker and is an avid writer. John, the youngest in his family, has a brother and sister 18 and 19 years his senior, respectively. In his spare time, John frequents the beaches of Florida.
Ann (Plant City, Fla.) Former Miss Tampa
Ann, 28, has the uncanny ability to break out in song at a moments notice. The former Miss Tampa USA attends the University of South Florida as a graduate student, pursuing a Communications degree. Throughout her life she has volunteered for various organizations and most recently participated in an event to benefit the Tsunami relief. Ann is currently working on new projects for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
Jaret (Rendon, Texas) Telephone Salesman
Jaret, 26, a Texan who refers to himself as a sophisticated redneck, teaches kindergarten and spends most of his time with his family including his twin sister. At one time, Jaret ranked No. 1 in the state of Texas in the 800-meter. He continued to run track through college and graduated from Texas Tech. Additionally, he enjoys fishing and playing sports.
Jabe (Joshua, Texas) Ranch Hand
A charming construction worker who installs septic tanks, Jabe, 26, has an assortment of pets including goats, turtles and a donkey named Hank. A true southern gentleman, this hunky bachelor is quite the ladies man. As the owner of a construction company he rarely gets a moment to himself, yet he finds time to call his mother every morning before his day begins. He also enjoys fishing and hunting.
Vanessa (Las Vegas, Nev.) Bartender
Vanessa, 30, tends bar at the La Bete bar at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, but studies at the Fashion Design School. She also is an abstract artist who works with acrylics and oils. Vanessa grew up in East Los Angeles in a rough neighborhood but moved to the Valley as a teenager.
Jackaay (Justice, Ill.) Landscape Supply Clerk
Jackaay, 25, lives in a trailer park with her mother, and boasts the nickname "trailer park Barbie." A self-proclaimed workaholic, Jackaay takes pride in her job working at a landscape supply company. Almost every weekend she takes in a different concert supporting her friends who play in local bands. She spends much of her time reading autobiographies; her most recent favorite is Marilyn Manson's autobiography.
Alan (Los Angeles, Calif.) Perfume Salesman
Alan, 34, hails from Romania. He currently works at Bloomingdale’s as a fragrance manager and one day hopes to open his own cosmetic shop. Alan remains close to his family as they all reside in the same apartment building. He travels to Las Vegas often because of the shopping, shows and gambling. If not in Las Vegas, Alan can be found running on the beaches in LA or at the gym.
Niki (Riverside, Calif.) Fashion Student
Niki, 23, graduated in fashion design from California Baptist University. For the past 19 years she has been a synchronized swimmer. Currently, Niki works as an interior designer, specializing in residential and commercial design, and is best friends with her twin sister.
Rashad (Hollywood, Calif.) Waiter
Rashad, 26, born in Oakland, graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned his B.A. in fine arts. Like many young people in Hollywood Rashad can be found waiting tables where he practices the fine art of networking. He earns money on the side by investing in currency and commodities. In his spare time he loves listening to hip-hop music.
Brenden (Denver, Colo.) Golf Caddy
One class separates Brenden, 31, from his degree in broadcasting from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Brenden's main occupation takes place during the summer, whre he caddie's for the elite members of the prestigious Castle Pines Golf Club, in Castle Rock Colorado. The youngest of three, he is the quintessential outdoorsman, and enjoys golfing, skiing, rock climbing and backpacking.
"I Want to be a Hilton" is produced by Endemol USA, a leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television. Endemol USA is a division of Endemol Holding, a prominent international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. David Goldberg is the President of Endemol USA. The series is executive produced by Paul Buccieri, Danny Salles, Jason Hervey and Rick Hilton.
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