Casting For "Party Down South" Reality Show Hits Charleston

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you have a pick-up truck, love to hunt and like your chicken fried, not grilled, you could have a place on a new reality TV show.

Casting directors were in Charleston Tuesday looking for the Southern versions of the "Jersey Shore's" Snooki and The Situation.

The reality show is called "Party Down South."

"We are looking for people who consider themselves country," casting director Shaggy Bajrami said. It doesn't matter what you classify yourself as, I've heard everything from hilbillies, to rednecks to hicks.

Bajrami added, "If you're someone who can "Party Down South" and consider yourself country, then those are the people I want to meet."

People lined up at Macy's Court at the Charleston Town Centre Mall Tuesday evening ready to prove they have what it takes to be the next reality TV star.

"I fish, I hunt, I four wheeler and I do all that, I really do," Nick Hamrick said. "Any auditions that come to Charleston, I got to go."

Doron Ofir Casting is traveling throughout several Southern states to cast for the reality show. They're looking for 12 guys and gals who are know what it means to be country.

"I think they want to have a cast with a bunch of different personalities that are going to clash and mix," Jean Nicksick said.

Some people fear the casting company is only looking for stereotypical southerners, but some of the auditioners are ready to set the record straight for West Virginia.

"I want to show people there are actually educated people from West Virginia that have indoor plumbing and have all their teeth," Courtney Tackett said.

"At the end of the day we still go to work and we still take care of our families," Justin Walker said. "What I don't want to see is one of those useless people you see get on these reality TV shows.

Walker added, "I wanna see someone that makes this state look good."

Audition participants had to fill out an application and then had an private interview with the casting directors. The company recorded all of the interviews to help review and make their first cuts.

"I'm just going to go in there and be myself and hopefully it will land me on TV," Stephan Smith said. "I think they're looking for somebody southern, with a big personality and somebody who's not afraid to be on this side of the camera."

The location of where the reality show will take place and what network the "Party Down South" will air on is top secret.

All applicants had to be at least 21 years old to audition.

The plan for the show is to have the 12 guys and gals live together in a house for a month.

Casting auditions across the south wrap up next week.


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