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.
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: