Surrey Heights reality show to pit Croydon against TOWIE
STEP aside Essex girls – a new reality show is out to prove that the only way is Croydon.
A show featuring the lives of the young, fun and beautiful in the borough, called Surrey Heights, is on the lookout for cast members and will start filming in June.
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Auditions are being held next month for potential cast members who could become the next Mark Wright and Amy Childs.
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Surrey Heights has already secured interest from one television channel and producers Amelody Productions have said it will be more glamorous and real than other reality shows like The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea.
Aimee Butcher, from Amelody, said: "We are extremely excited about Surrey Heights. The response has been fantastic.
"We are keeping our cards close to our chest right now but we have had one television channel that is already interested and a lot of producers from other reality shows have been calling us.
"Characters in other reality shows are all very similar but we want to show how diverse Croydon is and have lots of different characters.
"People don't see Croydon as a particularly glamorous place but there is a lot of stuff going on."
The Only Way is Essex is famous for the glamorous lives of its regulars, as well beauty treatments such as fake tans, boob jobs and vajazzles.
Jacqui Marola, owner of Jam hair salon in Sanderstead, said: "Croydon has loads to offer with our very own concert hall theatre, beautiful parks, lively night life and great shopping.
"I think Croydon is the opposite to Essex; they go for the bling and we go for the tracksuits and pulled back hair. They like the fake tan and extensions and we like the Brazilian, blow dry, tattoos and piercings.
"We use words like 'init' and 'buff' while they use words like 'reem' and 'well jel'.
"They have Chihuahuas and we have pitbulls."
Paul Bossick, owner of the Bad Apple in Croydon, believes his club could easily rival Sugar Hut, the Brentwood nightspot favoured by the Essex set.
He said: "There are a lot of fun people here.
"I'm just surprised it took them so long to come to Croydon, I think it's a great idea."
Casting sessions for the show will be held at Shooshh night club, in Crown Hill, between May 3-6.
Anyone interested in attending a casting session should send two pictures and a letter explaining why they should be on the show to email@example.com