Edinburgh’s Shona Summers in Blue Peter hope

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SHE’S already found fame performing red carpet interviews with Hollywood celebrities – and now she’s in the running to be the next Blue Peter presenter.

Edinburgh-raised Daybreak presenter Shona Summers is one of ten hopefuls vying to become the 36th presenter of the world’s longest-running children’s television show.

The 28-year-old, who has a degree in theatre studies and was voted best onscreen female at the National Student Television Awards, has already featured on our screens interviewing the likes of Will Smith, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr for ITV’s Daybreak.

Summers, who has also worked as a commercial voice-over artist, said: “It would mean the absolute world to me to get this job.

“I remember watching Anthea Turner, building a Tracy Island and sending in pictures to the show countless times but I still don’t have a Blue Peter badge. I’m desperate to get one.”

To land the coveted presenting job, Summers will be put through her paces by judges Myleene Klass, Eamonn Holmes and Ceallach Spellman for the CBBC show Blue Peter – You Decide, which starts later this month. The programme is about the search for the latest person to join Blue Peter.

Summers added: “I’m always up for a challenge and love learning new things. I have an infectious personality and will hopefully get people excited about what I’m doing. I think I’m a girlie girl with an edge – a real
go-getter. I can’t think of any programme I’d rather present. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Judges will choose who makes it to the final three, and the overall winner will by chosen by viewers through an online vote.

Summers’ competition includes hopefuls from all across the country, but she hopes the Capital will be firmly behind her when voting begins on July 22. On Twitter, she said: “Here’s to sticky-back plastic and living the 
dream!!!”

However, her Facebook page does reveal a wild-side, with pictures showing her drinking from a litre bottle of vodka and posing next to a t-shirt which reads: “I Love Sex”.

A BBC spokesman said the hopefuls had been advised of their responisbilities as role models.

One we made earlier

BLUE Peter was first broadcast on October 16, 1958. The first presenters were actor Christopher Trace, who went on to present the show for nine more years, and Leila Williams, who had been crowned Miss Great Britain the previous year, and stayed until 1962.

Since then more than 30 presenters have uttered the immortal line “Here’s one I made earlier” including two from the Capital – John Leslie, who presented between 1989 and 1994, and Romana D’Annunzio, who featured between 1996 and 1998.

Arguably the show’s most iconic moment came in 1969 when special guest Lulu the elephant left a surprise she’d made moments earlier on the studio floor, before standing on presenter John Noakes foot and then dragging her keeper along the ground as she attempted to leave the programme.