Liam’s on the lookout for Fylde’s own TV reality stars

Liam Halewood
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A Blackpool performer hopes to find the next generation of talent to appear in a new pilot TV show promoting the resort.

In recent years, Liam Halewood has been seen on various reality shows, including The X Factor’s spin off show The Xtra Factor last year.

Joey Essex

Joey Essex

Now he’s planning a scripted reality show, following in the footsteps of the likes of The Only Way Is Essex or Made In Chelsea, to feature up and coming talents across the Fylde.

But he’s not looking for the next Joey Essex or Amy Childs, to become famous for little more than being famous, he’s seeking out young success stories from business, entertainment and other realms to showcase the best of Blackpool today.

Although he originally comes from Liverpool, Liam now firmly regards the resort as his home.

“I moved here six years ago and I am passionate about Blackpool,” he said. “And I would never do anything without the backing of the people of Blackpool.

I moved here six years ago and I am passionate about Blackpool

“We’ve looked into it before and spoke then to the council about permission to film the landmarks, but it didn’t get off the ground as it was around the same time as 999: What’s Your Emergency.

“There was a pilot done before of something called FY1, but it wasn’t really about people who work in Blackpool and that’s what I want to feature; young people doing well in business.

“FY1 was more like TOWIE and that’s not what we want it to be.

“It’s about successful people in Blackpool who are making a name for themselves already.

Amy Childs

Amy Childs

“I think Blackpool needs a TV show like this; showing people who make their money and have interesting lives and stories to tell.”

Among those Liam already has taking part are Anthony Turner, who supplies fruit machines to hotels, and Elizabeth Watson who runs an antiques shop.

“Elizabeth is only about 19, and has her own shop as well as working as a chef,” he said. “They’re good role models.”

Liam, of Hornby Road, has a meeting planned with local filming consultants Rhodes Media - who work on behalf of Blackpool Council to develop on-screen opportunities for the resort - to further discuss the scheme.

He hopes to host a casting event early in the New Year to find more contributors. And Liam’s got plenty of TV experience to bring to the venture.

Earlier this year, Liam, 28, who is one of the organisers of Blackpool Pride, was seen on The Xtra Factor, singing for the judges, and although he had the 6,500-strong Wembley Arena crowd on its feet, he failed to win a place in the next round.

He’s also appeared on Channel 4’s Four In A Bed with Matthew Bracegirdle from the New Osbourne Hotel, among other reality TV shows.

Through these contacts, he’s already got a team on board of a producer and casting director who has worked on programmes such as Coach Trip and Big Brother, and Blackpool-based production company Junior Jay will film the pilot.

To take part or find out more call Liam on 07736 962822 or email fyldecoasttv@hotmail.com.