Well I was very pleasantly surprised that seasoned presenter and household favourite Andi Peters was coming to join our panel of knowledgable experts here at QVC HQ. Of course he brings a wealth of TV experience, but his passion for food and cooking is what he'll be showcasing with us.
After appearing on Celebrity Masterchef and the BBC's Good Food Show he'll be joining us on a brand new show where he'll be explaining how to prepare cook and serve delicious family meals with a variety of gadgets and kitchen appliances.
It's not the first time that mine and Andi's paths have crossed though….
They say TV is a small industry and this highlights that fact. In 2001, I applied to go on a TV programme that I'd admired on Channel 4 for two seasons previously called Shipwrecked. Essentially the show took a dozen 20-somethings and dumped them on an uninhabited island off the coast if Fiji and filmed it. I knew being a contestant was a long shot that involved a fairly hefty process of selection but I still fancied it, on the basis I'd rather try and fail than regret.
At the end of every programme I'd seen there was usually an appeal for those with a sense of adventure to apply for the next series and that's exactly what I did. The first step involved filling in a simple application form and sending it back. I felt this wasn't enough, it seemed to novice and hard to stand out on a form, so I got creative. I supersized the form and then turned it into a huge treasure map which I stained with tea and burnt the edges to make it look authentic. I then rolled it and packed it in a tube which I filled with industrial sand and popped it in the post.
They liked it and I made it to stage two: make 'day in the life of yourself' video lasting two minutes which will give us insight into who you are and what you're like. Now I still have this VHS, I recently watched it back for this blog. I was 21 years old, and I'm shocked at my antics! We shall leave it there, it was entertaining though. Luckily I scraped through that round too and got invited with 50 other people to an audition weekend in Croydon. On arrival we were told there were three judges (X Factor style) who would select the final 12 contestants and low and behold Andi was one of them!
Our first task was a one minute presentation to sell yourself, I did a rap! Yes, a rap. I changed the lyrics to Ice Baby by Vanilla ice and rapped for one minute to three new and daunting faces including Andi! After three gruelling days of individual and team pursuits and challenges, and by gradual process of elimination I vividly remember the moment my name was called out and I would be heading to Yakuve Levu to be Shipwrecked.
It was one of the greatest days of my life and turned out to be an immense life changing experience that moulded me into the person I am today. For this I thank you and salute you Andi Peters, you changed my life for the better, welcome to the QVC family. I think it's lovely to look back and think of moments that changed your life, like sliding doors. What's yours?