November 4, 1979 |
Granby, Connecticut, U.S.
|Occupation||Television personality, musician|
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 
During the course of Wanna Be a VJ, it was believed that he was homeless because he projected the image of a "street kid." However, controversy arose when it was discovered that he had grown up and attended private school in Connecticut.
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.
Camp held his position as an occasional TRL host for one year. When he left the series, Thalia DaCosta won the contest to replace him, who in turn was a VJ on the network for about a year. Upon leaving 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".
In late 2006, he 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.
Other works 
He is seen doing an impromptu cameo on the documentary by Aron Ranen called Power & Control LSD in The Sixties.
In 2008, Jesse was captured by cameras at the final MTV TRL party buying 2 "eight balls" by TMZ camera men/women. He said he would sell both kidneys and a leg for two eight balls of cocaine.
- "'Jesse Camp'". Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Kaufman, Gil. "Where Ya Been? Willa Ford Strips Down, Jesse Camp Drops Out",MTV, March 22, 2006. Accessed October 7, 2007.
- "MTV Contest Hacked". villagevoice.com. 1998-05-05.
- "Hollywood PrivacyWatch: Matthew McConaughey Shows Off Simian Dance Moves At Local Hotspot". Defamer.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
- Ranen, Aron. "Power & Control LSD in the Sixties", YouTube, April 30, 2006. Accessed October 7, 2007.