Locals to be given the chance to audition to be on new docu-soap this Saturday
Surrey's residents keen to appear on the forthcoming reality television show, or those just wishing to catch a glimpse of the potential stars – are invited to an open casting day.
Surrey Hills, the show set to be this county's answer to Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, hopes to capture the highs and lows of Surrey’s young elite as they lead their lives.
Since online auditions opened in June, more than 1,000 people have applied to be on the show and videos released of some of the applicants have attracted more than 60,000 views on YouTube.
On July 27, people who think they've got what it takes to be on the show will be given the chance to prove themselves in front of the bosses.
Ed Thomas, a Surrey Hills producer says there will be “VIP style interviews” with some of the favourite applicants from the process so far, before members of the public are invited to audition at Red Bar in Weybridge on Saturday.
Despite the high number of applicants, the series has been met with some criticism - with some viewers posting angry comments on social media sites. In response to an audition tape from Benny Rose (which can be viewed here) one viewer said "This makes me feel ashamed to be from Surrey."
Another user commented on Holly Alexandra Jennings’ audition tape: “Try showing real people from Surrey, this girl represents less than 10% of Surrey and I find it offensive. You should call it ‘Rich Surrey Hills’.”
Tyler Stemp, one of the men behind the show, has hit back at these claims and insits the program will feature people different walks of life.
“Surrey is home to many young, glamorous and rich individuals and we will certainly not hide this. However, Surrey Hills will also portray very down to earth characters in a way that the public can easily relate to.
“As Surrey residents ourselves, we have no interest whatsoever in representing Surrey in anything but a positive light.
“The Surrey Hills project will lift the profile of the local area. The feedback we have received from local business so far suggests that the locals are 100% behind us.”