Jesse Camp

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Jesse Camp
Born (1979-11-04) November 4, 1979 (age 34)
Granby, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Television personality, musician
Years active 1998–present

Jesse Camp (born November 4, 1979) was the winner of the first Wanna Be a VJ contest on MTV. He beat out Dave Holmes for a VJ job on the popular music video show Total Request Live (TRL), and also hosted the short-lived Lunch with Jesse, which was canceled in 2002.

Early life[edit]

Camp was born in Granby, Connecticut. He received his high school education at Loomis Chaffee, a prestigious New England boarding school, graduating in 1997.[1]


Camp entered MTV's first Wanna Be a VJ contest in 1998. Portraying himself as homeless and projecting the image of a "street kid", controversy arose when it was discovered that he had been raised and attended private school in Connecticut.[2] Additionally, The Village Voice reported that an internet source, known only by the handle "UglyPig", claimed to have cast over 3,000 votes for Camp in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, exploiting a security flaw in the system.[3] Nonetheless, Camp beat fellow contestant Dave Holmes for a VJ job on the popular music video show Total Request Live, known as TRL. Camp held his position as an occasional TRL host for one year. Upon his departure from the series, Thalia DaCosta replaced Camp as host of the program.

Later developments[edit]

Following his departure from TRL, Camp attempted to parlay his MTV fame into a rock career under the name Jesse & the 8th Street Kidz on the Hollywood Records label. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the hair metal–leaning album as "unbearable".[4]

In late 2006, Camp was reportedly working at a Los Angeles–area pet supply store called Centinela Feed & Supply. In 2008, he began working for a firm called "Telefund" as a caller, raising money for non-profit liberal and progressive organizations.[5]

Camp appeared in an impromptu cameo on the documentary titled Power & Control LSD in The Sixties, by Aron Ranen.[6] In 2008, Camp was captured by cameras at the final MTV TRL party purchasing two "eight balls" by TMZ camera men/women. During the purchase, Camp stated he would sell both kidneys and a leg for two eight balls of cocaine.[7]


  1. ^ "'Jesse Camp'". Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Where Ya Been? Willa Ford Strips Down, Jesse Camp Drops Out",MTV, March 22, 2006. Accessed October 7, 2007.
  3. ^ "MTV Contest Hacked". 1998-05-05. 
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  5. ^ "Hollywood PrivacyWatch: Matthew McConaughey Shows Off Simian Dance Moves At Local Hotspot". 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  6. ^ Ranen, Aron. "Power & Control LSD in the Sixties", YouTube, April 30, 2006. Accessed October 7, 2007.
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