Michigan woman's priceless reaction to advancing in quest to co-host 'Live with Kelly'

M Live | By Benjamin Raven

It's safe to say that Erin Winters is excited about moving advancing to the top 10 for for a chance to co-host "Live with Kelly" alongside the show's namesake, Kelly Ripa, for a day.

Winters, of Macomb Township, shared a video of herself watching the announcement on her Facebook page. The video starts with Winters watching "Live with Kelly" while on a stair stepper workout machine. When she learns the good news, she starts jumping around in excitement and pointing at the screen in disbelief. 

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper joined Ripa in announcing the finalists, who made the cut from 20 to 10 during the Wednesday, Oct. 12 broadcast.

To see the video, see below: 

The video has been shared hundreds of times and is approaching 20,000 views. Over the phone Thursday, Winters said she had no idea if she was moving into the top 10 or not before the nationally syndicated episode aired. 

"I had no idea, which made it much more nerve-racking," Winters said. She added that the support on her reaction video is just "a reflection of the wonderful support from my family, friends, Detroit and Michigan. They want it just as bad as I do." 

After learning of her advancement, Winters said she then had an interview with two "Live with Kelly" team members, which will factor into the judge's final decision. 

Winters said she was asked a series of unexpected questions like what her favorite karaoke song is, biggest fears and the craziest thing she's ever done. While she's admittedly scared of singing in front of people, Winters said she did sing Beyonce's "Check On It" with a friend on a cruise.

Michigan woman one step closer in contest to co-host 'Live with Kelly' for a day

Erin Winters of Macomb Township is moving forward to the top 10 for for a chance to co-host "Live with Kelly" alongside the show's namesake, Kelly Ripa, for a day. 

The top five will be announced on the Friday episode of the talk show. The following week's string of episodes will include challenges and more voting to narrow the field even more. A finalist will be eliminated each day of the week until the winner is announced Thursday. The winner will then have a quick turnaround as they are set to co-host the show the next day on Oct. 21. 

"It's all happening really quick, and there is no time to soak it in or process it," Winters said. "If I win, I'm going to cry on Thursday and I might fall to my knees."

She laughed while asking herself, "how the heck am I going to host the show the next day?" 

Winters currently serves as the "spokester" for Michigan First Credit Union's Young and Free Michigan program, according to a news release from Identity PR. She said the process in making the cut in the "Live with Kelly" contest was similar to how she landed her current job. 

The 22-year-old submitted a one-minute video, at the urging of her father, demonstrating why she should co-host the show.

"I just thought 'they're never going to pick me, but at least try or you'll be mad if you don't,'" she said of deciding to apply. 

After submitting the video on deadline night, Winters said she then had to create another minute-long video after making the top 40. Her second video was a demonstration of home remedy methods on combating colds. 

She said she does have future on-air aspirations, but isn't exactly sure in what capacity. 

"It's an amazing opportunity," Winters said, "and it would be such a door-opener and chance to taste-test being an on-air host." 

For more information on the expected schedule and contest rules, click here. 

To watch one of Winter's videos submitted for the contest, see below:

Metro Detroit native out of the running to guest co-host on 'LIVE with Kelly'


A local woman who made the top ten finalist list in the search for a guest co-host on "ABC's LIVE with Kelly" is now out of the running.

It was a good run for Erin Winters, 22, a Macomb native.  

Erin submitted several videos to earn herself a spot in the top ten. The top five was announced Friday morning. Those top five will then go on to guest co-host with Kelly Ripa for a day.

Erin currently works as a 'spokester' for Michigan First Credit Union's Young and Free Michigan program. She blogs, posts on social media, and creates YouTube videos on a variety of topics.

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Live With Kelly & Credit Unions? Yes, If Enough CUs Cast Votes


Erin Winters, a member of Michigan First Credit Union and the Young & Free Michigan spokester, has been named among the 20 finalists to co-host an episode of Live With Kelly! which is hosted by Kelly Ripa.


“If she wins, she’ll be talking credit unions on national television,” said Michigan First.

Winters is now among the Top 20 finalists, and voting is on to narrow the list to the Top 10. Winters was selected after submitting a video to the contest, following encouragement from her father.

The credit union is urging other CUs to rally behind Winters and to cast a vote for her video so that she can co-host for a day.

Voters can vote once per day visiting www.livekelly.com or LiveFacebook.com/LiveKelly. The winner will co-host on the Friday Oct. 21 show.

Winters’ video entry can be found here.

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Macomb Township resident amongst finalists for Live with Kelly co-host spot

Oakland Press News

Erin Winters, a resident of Macomb Township, is one of the top 20 finalists in the contest for the public ‘Live With Kelly’ co-host spot. Winters currently is serving as the “spokester” of the Young and Free Michigan program through Michigan First Credit Union. Kelly Ripa is looking for someone to co-host the nationally syndicated talk show ‘Live With Kelly’. Voting to narrow to the top ten finalists runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The short videos created by the finalists can be viewed and voted on once a day at livekelly.com/live/kelly-and-you. At the end of the voting period the 10 individuals with the most votes will move one step closer to co-hosting alongside Rippa on her Friday, Oct. 21 show.

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Howard University Alumna Erin Winters Is “Live With Kelly” Finalist

HBCUBUZZ | By Brittany Ireland

Howard University Class of 2016 graduate Erin A. Winters is excited to be closer to her dreams, and one of her next steps is joining Kelly Ripa! Selected from a pool of applicants across the country, Erin has made the list of the top 20 finalists all aiming at the chance to join nationally syndicated broadcast, “Live With Kelly”, and host a show with Kelly Ripa.

"This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Literally. These types of chances don’t just come. As a recent Howard University graduate from the School of Communications, I’ve had the opportunity to do some amazing things from reporting at the White House State Visit, moderating a live interview with the President of Howard University, and talking to amazing Black students and entrepreneurs. But once you graduate things change. The comfort of school is no longer there and you’re in the real world where opportunities aren’t posted on a bulletin board."

Winters shares that the communications field is very competitive and that she is merely one of thousands who want to be on television to use their voice and spirit to inspire people all over the world. She, like many, has envisioned pursuing this career path since she was a young child.

Vote for Erin!

Voting ends Sunday, October 9th at midnight and you can vote once a day. Winters has made it to Phase 4, and looks forward to going all the way. VOTE NOW

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Live with Kelly & Erin? Macomb Township resident is contest finalist

Detroit Free Press | Susan Tompor

(Photo: Erin Winters)

(Photo: Erin Winters)

A 2012 grad of the International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township is trying to snag votes to make the Top 10 finalists in a co-host search on "Live with Kelly."

Erin Winters, 22, has one of those bubbly, mile-a-minute ways of talking that make you know she's going places. The big question everyone on her Facebook feed wonders: Is Erin really heading for a spot on the set of "LIVE with Kelly" in New York?

The 2012 graduate of International Academy of Macomb is the hip "spokester" for the Young & Free program that targets the 18-to-25 crowd at Michigan First Credit Union.

Kelly Ripa (Photo: Rob Kim, Getty Images)

Kelly Ripa (Photo: Rob Kim, Getty Images)

She has been named a Top 20 finalist in the "Live With Kelly and You" contest that promises the winner a one-day shot at sitting next to Kelly Ripa, the host of the morning talk show.

Winters, who graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in May, works at the Lathrup Village-based credit union to encourage young consumers to feel empowered about their finances. She blogs at youngfreemichigan.com, posts on social media platforms and creates YouTube videos on financial tips, young adult issues, and fun things to do around Michigan.

She also travels around Michigan to college campuses, talking to students about money and the credit union's scholarships and contest giveaways.

"I get to use my voice to inspire young adults to be better at managing their money," she said.

Her favorite tip: "Pay yourself. Fund your dreams."

Her dream is to be in broadcasting. So when her father heard about the contest to be a co-host, he called his daughter with the big dreams.

"I'm like 'Dad, there's going to be thousands of people who want to enter,'" Winters said.

But she sent in her one-minute video clip anyway. She called it "Erin's Air-Out" where she was "airing out" reasons why Erin Winters should be a co-host with Kelly Ripa. Some of the reasons Erin gave? She knows how to work the camera. She is always camera-ready. And she loves a challenge. Her favorite quote: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

Erin Winters made the cut. To take the next step in the contest, she sent in another fun, active how-to video — featuring Erin in a stunning, red wrap dress talking about how to make home remedies for a cold, such as homemade vapor rub.

Then, she made the Top 20.

"My Facebook is going absolutely nuts," she said.

"My mom, she freaked out when I told her I made the Top 20," said Erin, who lives with her parents Mark and Andrea Winters in Macomb Township.

Initially, she entered the contest without telling her current employer. Later, she worried that the folks at Michigan First wouldn't be too happy as she progressed in the contest.

"I did it for me, honestly," she said.

But she said Michigan First has outdone itself and encouraged its 125,000 members to vote for her so that she can make it to the Top 10.

She's hoping to snag more votes between now and Sunday. Why should people vote for her?

She'd like to get a "taste test" of her dream. "A dream that I’ve envisioned and literally felt while practicing in the mirror with my brush, or in front of my camera," she said.

"This is my chance to take a huge step that could change the trajectory of my life ... and of course, have fun with Kelly. Detroit has always had my back. And I can't wait to showcase the greatness that this city breeds."

Once the Top 10 are selected, the contest will move to naming the final five contenders. The five finalists will travel to New York City the week of Oct. 17 to compete live on the show. The winner will join Ripa at the co-host desk on Oct. 21.

Voting runs now through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The top 10 finalists will be announced on Wednesday.

You can vote by going to LiveKelly.com or “LIVE’s” Facebook page.

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Credit Union Spokester Could Win Co-Host Spot With Kelly Ripa

Credit Union Times | By Peter Strozniak

Erin Winters, the Young & Free Michigan Spokester for the $780 million Michigan First Credit Union in Lathrup Village was named a finalist in the “Live with Kelly and You” Co-Host Search Contest.

“Our very own Erin Winters is a top 20 finalist and has a chance to sit in the co-host chair next to Kelly Ripa during one episode of Live with Kelly!” Michael Poulos, president/CEO of Michigan First CU said. “This is great news for Erin and an exciting opportunity for Michigan First and the Young & Free Michigan brand to take center stage.”

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Financial Educators Work to Youthify! Michigan Credit Unions


YOUTHIFY! Michigan, is a one-day informational event that seeks to educate, energize and empower credit unions to reach youth through financial education. Lead by a team of area credit union financial education experts, this will be the 6th year for the event. According to Brenda Scramlin, marketing director at COPOCO Credit Union in Bay City, "This is going to be our best year yet!"

Youthify! Michigan will take place Aug. 17 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Portland Federal Credit Union's main office located at 9077 Charlotte Hwy in Portland.

This year's lineup showcases some unique presentations including one from CEOs Bill Lawton (Community Financial CU) and John Crist (CP Federal CU) on how to get executives and board members behind your youth program. Representatives from Junior Achievement will be on hand to discuss curriculum-based educational resources, and there will also be a "BIY" (Build-it-Yourself) breakout session.                                                                                               

Erin Winters, Young & Free Spokester, Michigan First CU

Erin Winters, Young & Free Spokester, Michigan First CU

"This is a new spin on creating presentations" adds Sheryl Hogle, director of financial education for Harbor Light CU and one of Youthify! Michigan’s organizers. "The session will give attendees the opportunity to create mini-presentations they can take back and incorporate into their own programs." Another exciting highlight will be Erin Winters, Young & Free Spokester from Michigan First CU, sharing her experience as a millennial trying to reach millennials.

At a cost of $75 per person, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, materials, networking, and education, attendees are definitely getting a lot for a little. The registration cost increases to $85 per person after Aug. 5.

Anyone working with youth through financial education, community development or marketing areas is encouraged to attend. Professionals in surrounding states are also welcome.

Anyone interested in attending the event should contact Brenda Scramlin at (989) 460-3625 or via email.

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Tips for recent grads to budget their graduation money

WMZZ13 | By Kathryn Sakala

Many west Michigan students are celebrating their recent graduation from high school. With graduation parties, comes some extra gifts and money.  But before blowing it on a fun summer, there are some financial decisions that should be considered first. Erin Winters, the Young & Free Michigan Spokester, shares tips for recent grads. 

Some advice includes budgeting basics: 
Budgeting Basic #1: Budgeting is about confidence, not guilt
Budgeting Basic #2: Stop comparing yourself to others
Budgeting Basic #3: Be real about your income
Budgeting Basic #4: Savings is an expense, too
Budgeting Basic #5: Look to your budget instead of your balance
Budgeting Basic #6: Prepare for emergencies

You can get more financial tips,and read Erin's blog by visiting the Young & Free Michigan website. 

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