Digicel Rising Stars goes hunting for its new host to be the face of its seventh season tomorrow in Montego Bay.

With former host Yendi Phillipps announcing in February she would not be returning, the producers of Jamaica’s most popular TV show don’t have much time to find and groom its host, as airing is scheduled to begin on June 6.

Tomorrow’s audition takes place at the Wexford Hotel between 2 and 7 p.m. and will be followed by another on Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel from noon to 7 p.m. Show producer Sharon Schroeter said similar to the contestants, the public would vote for the show’s next host.

“Anyone in Jamaica, male or female, over the age of 18 who believes they have the talent the vibe and the excitement to be the next host for Digicel Rising Stars can audition,” said Schroeter. “Jamaica has, over the last several years, embraced the competition and we thought it would be a great idea for Jamaica to choose who they feel is the best person to be the next host.”

After the two auditions in Montego Bay and St Andrew, producers of the show will choose six finalists who will compete for the position. The six will then have the opportunity to show Jamaica their capabilities by hosting the contestant auditions at the five locations throughout Jamaica. At the end of each audition show, viewers will get their chance to vote for who they believe has what it takes to capture the main stage of Digicel Rising Stars. Jamaicans will then be introduced to their new series host at the first live show on Sunday, July 4.

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The Chill Room will also boast a new host with the ebullient Miss Kitty taking charge. Former host Kerie-Ann ‘Kiki’ Lewis-Thombs said she left the show because of a better offer she received. Speculation has been rife that Lewis-Thombs was forced off the show because of a recent documentary she produced that chronicles her time in jail for drug trafficking. A source  told the STAR that one of the shareholders of the show did have some concerns about Lewis-Thombs being associated with the show in light of the documentary.

Lewis-Thombs, in fact, said she was offered the job to host Rising Stars but that the other offer she was courting provided more stability.

“I have a lot of things I’d like to achieve and I was looking for more stabili

ty,” she told THE STAR. “I not only present I produce as well and this other company respects my work behind the scenes.”

Lewis-Thombs would not divulge any details on her new job but said “everybody will see soon”.

[Via The Jamaican Star]