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Local Reporter Pitches Herself On ‘Live!’

WAMU’s Markette Smith is a top five finalist in the competition to co-host Live! with Kelly Ripa and this morning she went on the program to make her case as to why she should win.

All five finalists were challenged to stand on the set with nothing other than a cardboard cutout of Ripa to talk to for a full minute. Markette, the lone female in the race, went third and, as she has done since entering the contest, she played up the fact that her birthday falls on the day she’d co-host the show.

“If I win it will be the best birthday ever!” Smith said, stumbling over the words a bit before explaining (in the most endearing way), “I’m sorry, I’m nervous!”

In her pitch Smith spoke of her former job as a web producer before following her ambition for television. “It has always been my dream to host a morning talk show,” she gushed. Oh, and did she mention that she’s turning 32 on Tuesday? Smith repeatedly said being on the show with Ripa would make this her best birthday ever. She also said she has been married for four years and that her husband would come along. After her performance, Ripa razzed her for playing “the birthday card.” Still, she was the most down-to-earth of all the contestants, the least awkward and completed the 60-second task, which can’t be said of some of the other contestants who had as many as eight seconds left unused.

Viewers vote for their favorite contestant here. He or she with the least amount of votes will be eliminated tomorrow.

Some reaction from Smith’s fans on Twitter:

  • “Just saw DMV’s own Markette Smith on #LiveWithKelly auditioning for a co host spot. She did good. Loved her energy. Wish her well.”
  • “So far I’m LOVING Markette :) @LiveKelly she’s the only one that really engaged me!”
  • “Yea! Go get ‘em today @super_markette on the Kelly Ripa show!”
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