Phil meets his biggest fan
« on: May 11th, 2007, 10:12pm »
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Amazing Race host meets his No. 1 fan
Enthusiastic welcome for reality star at audition for new show
The Daily News
As host of The Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan has witnessed plenty in his trips around the world, but he saw something in Dartmouth he's never seen before - his biggest fan.
"Oh, my God!" said Maygen Herman, covering her face with her hands, almost in tears waiting for Keoghan to appear at Chapters in Dartmouth. She was shaking and jumping up and down when Keoghan walked in.
"Maygen is hyperventilated," joked Keoghan to the crowd of more than 200. "I take it you like The Amazing Race ... I can barely tell."
Keoghan signed autographs for his book, No Opportunity Wasted, while a producer took applications for his new reality show in Canada, also called No Opportunity Wasted.
Herman's Phil-mania couldn't be blamed on sleep deprivation, even though she had waited in line since 5 a.m. to see the reality TV star. She just loves Phil.
Her white tank top read Please Pick Me on the front and I (heart) Phil on the back.
"I wanted to be the first one in line. It's Phil; you don't understand, it's Phil!" she said in an interview. "Look at him. He's beautiful, he's great. Oh, you're going to make me cry."
No Opportunity Wasted, which broadcast editions in Keoghan's native New Zealand and the U.S., gives people 72 hours to get over a fear or help their community in some way.
Herman said she's afraid of heights, adding that she's applied for the show three times already.
"The only thing my kids want from me is to climb a fire truck ladder with them, and I can't do it," she said.
When later asked what he thought of Dartmouth, Keoghan said, "Well, did you see Maygen? I don't know if I've ever had someone so enthusiastic about me."
He said he's met with adoring fans before, but nothing like Herman.
"She was unbelievable," he said.
People here have a very good chance of making the Canadian-produced show, Keoghan said.
"You can see from the turnout of people. Obviously, we won't really know until we see the auditions, but there's lots of enthusiasm," he said.
Christina Stoddard and her mom, Cathy Stoddard, hope being a mother-daughter team might get them noticed. They drove more than three hours from Cape Sable Island yesterday to apply.
Christina, a 19-year-old funeral director/embalmer, has a crippling fear of spiders.
"It prevents me from leaving my house at night because they come out," Christina said.
Cathy, who lost 85 pounds in the past year and a half, hopes to run a marathon someday.
The show will air on CBC this fall.