June 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Ohio University Twins Hula Hoop Their Way onto AMC’s Showville


Zoe and Tasha Seiter in Episode 4 of AMC's Showville (Photo by Duane Prokop/AMC)

Zoe and Tasha Seiter in Episode 4 of AMC’s Showville (Photo by Duane Prokop/AMC)

When two Hollywood coaches traveled to Athens to find talent for the new AMC reality show Showville, Ohio University twins brought their hula hoops to the audition. When episode 4 premiers on Thursday, June 13, Zoe and Tasha Seiter will be on stage at the Arts/West Center, where the Athens crowd judged their performance.

Showville Executive Producer Lri Girion told the Columbus Dispatch that she chose Athens because it’s a well-known college town. “It’s an Ohio flavor that captures the region,” she said. “I think that . . . (locals) will feel a pride of ownership.”

The College of Arts & Sciences can be proud of Tasha Seiter, a Psychology major.

Here’s how the Columbus Dispatch described the sisters’ act:

Zoe and Tasha Seiter fell in love with hooping three years ago after seeing performers at a festival near Athens.

The sisters quickly picked up the hobby and started a hula-hoop club in 2010 as freshmen at the University of Cincinnati. After transferring to OU the next year, they joined the campus hooping community.

Tasha said they both consider hooping good exercise and a way to express themselves.

The week they spent with the Showville crew wasn’t without some touchy moments.

“We would get in little disputes,” Zoe said, “but always ended up laughing about it.”

Showville airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on AMC.

About Showville:

Fame meets Main on AMC’s new unscripted competition series, Showville. Created and executive produced by Laurie Girion (Cheerleader Nation, Welcome to Sweetie Pies) and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television, the eight-episode series centers around a small town talent show featuring local acts, who get the chance of a lifetime to be in the spotlight. Showville is a celebration of performing, and a fond, funny look at the lives, workplaces, and families of these acts and what happens to them when Hollywood comes to town.

Each week, a one-hour episode of Showville touches down in a quintessentially American small town and puts together a talent show in a mere four days. On Day One, the series’ talent coaches, actor/director Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante, host open auditions. Any and every kind of performer is welcome to show their stuff and tell their story; at the end of the day, Mapa and Bustamante select the four acts they feel will put on the best show for the town. The coaches have the next 48 hours to mentor each finalist in preparation for the “big show” and the performers must also juggle their real jobs, their families and their nerves. Day Four brings the final competition, presented at a well-known town venue for a live, local audience. Then it’s up to the performers’ fellow citizens — including friends, family, co-workers and neighbors — to choose the victor, who is awarded $10,000 and a loving cup that signifying their achievement as their town’s favorite act.



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