Austinite tops in oprAh contest
With 9,161,042 votes, Austinite Zach Anner is the top vote-getter in Oprah Winfrey’s online contest to find a new show and host on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network). The tally is subject to official verification, but Anner is nearly 1 million votes ahead of his nearest competitor, Dr. Phyllis, a teacher from Tampa, Fla.
Anner, the self-proclaimed “wheelchairbound lady magnet” with cerebral palsy, charmed Internet voters with his humorous, self-deprecating submission for a travel show. A bit of controversy followed when Dr. Phyllis briefly (and suddenly) overtook Anner in the tally, sparking suspicions of voting shenanigans.
The win, if confirmed, does not guarantee Anner a show, but any placement in the top five sends him to Los Angeles for the next round of auditions, in which he will compete for one of 10 slots in a reality competition that will decide the winner.