MySpace Road Tour

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MySpace Road Tour
Created by

Chris Culvenor

Jimmy Foggo
Presented by Jabba (presenter)
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Culvenor
Producer(s)

Jimmy Foggo

Alexis Tarren
Editor(s)

James Ingram

Colin Dawson
Camera setup Shing Fung Cheung
Running time Varies
Production company(s) FremantleMedia Australia
Broadcast
Original channel MySpace
Original run 1 September 2008 – 15 October 2008
External links
Website

The MySpace Road Tour is an original online reality format created and produced for MySpace Australia by production company FremantleMedia.[1] The series is hosted by television and radio personality Jabba (presenter) and documents a cross-country journey to visit and profile MySpace Australia’s 10 most extraordinary users.[1]

The first series was sponsored by Just Car Insurance and Intel and ran from July to October 2008 proved immensely popular with the MySpace audience and the show received a great deal of positive press. During MipCom in October 2008 MySpace announced plans for a second series and indicated that it was in talks with cable network Foxtel to distribute series 1 on television. Additionally MySpace has spoken of their plans to produce other versions of the MySpace Road Tour in other countries.[2]

The format was created by FremantleMedia's Director of Digital Media Chris Culvenor and Digital Producer Jimmy Foggo.[3] The series can be viewed on the official MySpace Road Tour Profile Page

Entry Process[edit]

The series began in July 2008 when the entire MySpace community was invited to enter via the MySpace Road Tour Profile Page‘MySpace Road Tour’ entry page over a three-week period.

To enter users had to submit a photo from their MySpace album, submit their MySpace profile address & write a short answer to the questions "What makes you extraordinary?" & "What extraordinary present would you buy with $10,000?" MySpace & FremantleMedia then selected the top 10 contestants.

The Tour[edit]

During the month of September 2008 Jabba (presenter) and the FremantleMedia production crew traveled across the country in a bright blue kombi and profiled each of the 10 contestants and producing an episode focused on each of them (Each episode was 5min-8min in duration) and showcased high production values.[4] At the end of each episode our host asked the contestant, “What extraordinary present would they buy with the $10,000 prize?” In addition to the 10 feature episodes, users could also watch bonus content including outtake footage and “Jabba Challenge Episodes” that featured our host carrying out comedic challenges in remote Australian destinations.[3] The series can be viewed on the official MySpace Road Tour Profile Page

The Challenges[edit]

The challenge episodes from series one were...

Jabba (presenter) trying to sell an opal in the outback town of Lightning Ridge.

Jabba (presenter) dressed up in a Star Wars costume while crossing the Tasman Sea on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Jabba (presenter) getting Baz Luhrmann's help creating a cinematic trailer for 'Road Tour - The Movie'.

Voting[edit]

At the end of the Tour, after the final episode was posted, the entire MySpace community was invited to vote for their favorite "extraordinary contestant” via a voting application on the official MySpace Road Tour Profile Page After two weeks of voting, the voting application closed and the winner was revealed in a finale episode.

The Winner[edit]

After two weeks of voting and many fans campaigning for their favorite contestant the winner of the MySpace Road Tour was announced. The winner of series one was Skarlett Saramore the MySpace obsessed pan-sexual metal drummer from Abbotsford, New South Wales, who plays in the band Chaingang .

Notable Moments[edit]

Contestants - Season 1 (2002)
Mick Pylak Star Wars Fanatic, Campbelltown, New South Wales
Skarlett Saramore MySpace Obsessed Metal Drummer, Abbotsford, New South Wales
Queen Miss Left Titter Drag Queen Puppet, Miranda, New South Wales
Wednesday de Avaric Gothic Burlesque Performer, Auchenflower, Queensland
Jimbo Bazoobi Outback Nomadic Comedian, Grawin, New South Wales
Bruce Johnstone Transvestite Speedway Racer, Geraldton, Western Australia
Renee Cassar MySpace Australia's #1 Unsigner Artist Racer, Werribee, Victoria
Donny Pelsoczy Teacher, Father and Rapper, Murrumbeena, Victoria
Hannah Coates Upcoming Fashion Designer, Shearwater, Tasmania
Christian Hermes Pro Wrestler, Manly, New South Wales

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MySpace and Bebo launch local made-for-web TV sites The Australian, Lara Sinclair 21 August 2008 The Australian, Simon Canning, 24 July 2008
  2. ^ FOXTEL HITCHES RIDE ON MYSPACE ROAD TOUR CO-PRODUCTION, Digital Media Australia, Natalie Apostolou, Friday 17 October 2008.
  3. ^ a b MySpace Road Tour Profile Page, Official MySpace Road Tour Page .
  4. ^ Digital Media Magazine July News, Digital Media Magazine,25 July 2008 .