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Gay hopefuls for Big Brother-style show

Tue 2 Sep 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Nationwide radio network The Edge's new promotion to find new friends and lock them in a webcam house for several weeks has attracted two very outgoing gay and bi contestants. Top friend talent? Miss Phloss "We will lock 10 people in a house for up to 4 weeks -the 10 chosen contestantswill live in front ofstreaming web cams 24/7 whiletaking part in amusingEdge tasks and trying toadd as many friends as possible on their specially designed social networking sites," explains the Edge crew, who describe the contest – with a main prize of $10,000 – as ideal for "someone who wants to be rich and famous." Lively 23-year-old bi 'club-kid' Miss Phloss is campaigning to be locked in the house. "I am a social butterfly by nature, I love making and meeting new friends," she explains. "I have two aunties who are both survivors of breast cancer. If I was to win this competition and the $10,000 I would use half of it to pay for the trip I have planned next year to see them both. I haven't seen either of them in years - since they were both back here in New Zealand. The other half I would donate to the Breast Cancer society. It's something I feel very strongly about and have been wanting to do for years. I mean if your a pink-addict like me, you can't go wrong with a pink ribbon campaign." With her bright pink hair and outrageous fashion styling, Phloss often seen – she can't be missed – at Auckland's LGBT dance parties, and she also writes a regular column on Auckland's email lesbian newsletter The L List. Will he be chosen? Jake Howie Jake Howie, also 23, is up-front about why he wants to be in the contest: "Because I have no job!" The gay Aucklander was recently made redundant from his role as Deputy Editor of Express gay magazine, currently co-hosts a Latin-Amercian-themed weekly radio programme on Auckland Planet 104.6FM, and is a blogger. "I thought, what better way to spread the love, than go on The Egde's Next Top Friend? I've got a lust for life, a lust for fun… and you can never have too many friends," he says in his audition video. Entries for the contest close this week, then the ten finalists will enter The Edge's Next Top Friend house. Miss Phloss's audition video is shown below, and there's also a link provided for more details on the contest.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 2nd September 2008 - 10:37am

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