By Carl Jackson 10/05 Updated: 15/05 16:12
A BROMSGROVE woman will star in an Apprentice style reality TV show where contestants compete to become a journalist.
The first episode of The Exclusives, featuring former North Bromsgrove High student Hayley Newnes, 22, starts next Thursday (May 17) on ITV2.
Hayley is one of the six contestants chosen from more than 5,000 applicants for the show that sets tasks for the would-be-reporters each week.
Each week candidates, who live in residence, will be sent out to interview, carry out photo-shoots and doing vox pops for nationally recognised magazines, such as Heat, More and FHM.
They scrap it out every episode to earn 'Rookie of the Week' from a panel of judges and mentors who are made up from the some the industry's big hitters from around Europe.
The winner earns a 12-month contract with Bauer, the cross media giant behind such brands as Empire magazine, Grazier and Kiss radio.
There is no weekly elimination, but contestants can be axed if they make a bad error or underperform in any of the tasks.
In episode one, Hayley, who lives in The Laurels, sets up a photo-shoot for 'More' magazine and vox pops at the Brit awards.
The three-month filming of The Exclusives has been completed and since then Hayley has been doing a lot of promotional photo shoots and videos for the show.
She said: "Its been a whirlwind. It's really taken us all by surprise."
The English degree graduate put herself through Coventry University by modelling. However, in her show profile, she states her writing skills have often been overlooked because of her looks.
She said: "The audition process was really daunting.
"But from over 5,000 people, it went to a 100, and then 50 and It was all based on writing.
"Then I had to give a one-minute speech about how much I wanted to be a journalist."
Hayley paid tribute to her former tutors at North Bromsgrove High sixth-form, where she studied English, media and film.
"I recieved great support and they really helped me. My dream to work in the media comes from there."
Commercials have been running for The Exclusives in the past couple of weeks during Britain's got Talent.
The first episode is at 9pm Thursday on ITV2.
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