How I Found Out I'm a Top 20 Finalist to Cohost Live with Kelly

I’m so excited to be in the Top 20 Finalists to cohost Live with Kelly for a day! This all literally caught me off guard. Let me tell you, this whole experience threw me for a loop. My dad called me one morning saying he heard something on the radio about Kelly Ripa looking for a fan to be her cohost for a day.

It sounded nice, but in the moment I had more doubt than anything. “There will be thousands of people who enter. I won’t get picked.” But a little hunch came over me on the evening that the audition video was due… “let me submit a video real quick.” I got my little fake talk show studio going, took my camera out, and just spoke. Two days later, I missed a call from New York. “Harpo, who dis?” I thought, “If it’s important, they’ll leave a voicemail.” 

It was important. A man named Jason left me a voicemail. All I heard was “Hi Erin, this is Jason from Live with Kelly,” then everything else sounded like womp wa-womp womp womp. I could not contain myself. I was in Buffalo Wild Wings looking like the buffalo with wild wings.

A few days later, I recorded my round two video. Mind you, there are seasoned on-air talent and personalities auditioning. I thought, “this was fun, but don’t get too hype.” I kept it cool. And On Wednesday October 5, my name and photo popped up on air of Live with Kelly, as they revealed the top 20. Yes, on national TV. I went nuts. 


So now, I must get votes. The 10 people with the most votes will move on to the next phase of the competition. The person chosen to cohost will cohost on Friday, October 21st in NYC.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Literally. These types of chances don’t just come. A taste test of my dream. A dream that I’ve envisioned and literally felt while practicing in the mirror with my brush, or in front of my camera.

This is my chance to take a huge step that could change the trajectory of my life and take Young & Free and Michigan First Credit Union to the big screen! So far, I've been covered in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Daily, HBCU Buzz, The Oakland PressCredit Union Today, and Credit Union Times. Oh! And the Red Wings retweeted me!


To vote, please go to Voting ends on Sunday, October 9th at midnight and each person can vote once a day! Please cast your vote for me, Erin Winters. Plus, doesn’t Live with Kelly & Erin just have a nice ring to it?

Thank you all for so much support in this exciting time! 

Be Easy & Vote,