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Man With Cerebral Palsy Finalist In Oprah Network Contest

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Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy, is just one step away from landing his own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The Texas resident became an Internet sensation last summer when his online audition for Winfrey’s “Your OWN Show” competition caught the eye of singer John Mayer and attracted more than 9 million votes from the public.

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Zach Anner is one of two finalists on "Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search For The Next TV Star." (Rahoul Ghose/OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Anner was subsequently one of 10 contestants selected to compete on a reality show designed to single out the best new television host, where participants were mentored by TV notables like Suze Orman, Dr. Phil and Winfrey herself along the way.

Now Anner is one of two finalists competing for the ultimate prize: winning a show on Winfrey’s cable network.

If he wins, Anner, who describes himself as a person with “the sexiest of the palsies,” wants to produce a travel show “for people who never thought they could travel.”

“I want it to be a show that embraces the spontaneity of travel… showing all of those beautiful things that you usually see in travel shows but really showing everything that goes wrong as well,” Anner said in an interview with Winfrey. “I want to be able to highlight unique individuals from around the world who are doing great stuff too so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun but I think it will have a lot of heart.”

Anner will square off against Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco, an aspiring cooking show host, on the final episode, airing this Friday.

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  1. DrBob says:

    I would like to send information to Zach Anner that one of the biggest challenges for people with CP and other disabilities that require the use of a power wheelchair concerns damage to those chairs by the airlines. while the airlines are responsible to repair the chairs, sometimes those repairs can take months and the law does not provide for the inconveinience stemming from such damage. I am in contact with the Department of Transportation about this issue and they welcome recommnedations for regulatory changes.

  2. pep1530 says:

    Congratulations, Mr. Anner!

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