September 17, 2007 12:03 AM by Joe Blackmon
The Fox Reality Channel recently announced the participants for The
Search for the Next Elvira. Elvira, the Queen of Halloween, has
selected 13 participants who will compete to become her surrogate
handmaiden. “Hundreds auditioned to become a handmaiden for little old
me,” said Elvira. “But only 13 had true T&A (talent and ability)
and the others were told to Rest in Peace.”
“The Search for the Next Elvira” premieres on the Fox Reality Channel on Saturday, October 13 at Midnight. Queen "B" Productions and Panacea Entertainment are producing The Search for the Next Elvira series exclusively for Fox Reality Channel in association with Natural 9 Entertainment.
The unlucky 13 participants for “The Search for the Next Elvira” are: A.K. Smith, Occupation: Horror Host, Boston, MA; April, Occupation: Actor, San Diego, CA; Asia, Occupation: Pinup Model, Portland, OR; Bridget, Occupation: Playboy Model, Lodi, CA; Eric, Occupation: Stage Manager, Diamond Bar, CA; Jenny, Occupation: Marketing Director, Long Beach, CA; Jilina, Occupation: Spa Receptionist, Los Angeles, CA; Kitty, Occupation: Musician, Austin, TX; Lola, Occupation: Personal Assistant, Albuquerque, NM; Milli, Occupation: Sales Specialist, Baltimore, MD; Mina, Occupation: Suicide Girl, Las Vegas, NV; Yvette, Occupation: Singer, Honolulu, HI; and Shelly, Occupation: Wrestler, Ontario, CA.
Elvira will not be retiring her beehive and dagger following the conclusion of the show. She will be selecting a handmaiden to assist with the numerous requests she receives every year around Halloween. Elvira look-a-like judges, Christian and Patterson, will sit on the panel with Elvira to aid in her selection. Additionally, Kane Hodder from the “Friday the 13th” franchise and Academy Award winning make-up special affects artist Rick Baker serve as judges as well.
The Fox Reality Channel original, “The Search for the Next Elvira” has been expanded into four, hour-long episodes during which contestants will compete to see if they can look the part, and present the same wit, poise and courage as the real Elvira in hopes of portraying one of Halloween’s most recognizable icons. Following the double episode airing on Saturday, October 20, audience members can go to www.foxreality.com to vote for their favorite aspiring Elvira who will be crowned as the next “Mistress of the Dark” during the finale episode on Halloween. Voting will close on Monday, October 29 at 3:00 PM ET/12:00PM PT.
In late September, Shout! Factory will release six more films from Elvira’s legendary television program, “Elvira’s Movie Macabre,” which launched her to national fame in the early 1980s. Six B-movie horror films featuring her original wrap-around segments will be released on three 2-DVD setsand will be in stores on September 25, 2007, just in time for Halloween and the original premiere of “The Search for the Next Elvira.”