Thursday, February 26, 2009

Amy Stran, QVC's New Kid on the Block


This week, QVC announced that Amy Stran "joined the QVC Program Host Team." I love how they refer to the hosts as a team. Do they play softball against the HSN Technibonders? Was Amy a first-round drat pick?

Here's what the Q had to say about Amy:

"From earliest childhood, Amy knew that she wanted to be a performer. After graduation from the Carver Center for the Arts in Towson, Maryland, she attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. Afterward, she toured with a children's theater company based out of Richmond, Virginia. From there she made her way to New York City where she spent six years appearing in plays and on television, including speaking parts on "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." And, as Amy will laughingly tell you, "keeping one foot in the restaurant business." Just prior to coming to QVC, she hosted "Premium TV," a show that promoted premium cable networks.

Amy and her husband Steve have moved from New York to Pennsylvania, a transition they've found surprisingly easy to make, although they're still looking for a good pizza parlor!!"


So it looks like Amy loves the theater, but actually wants to earn a real paycheck for once. Certainly understandable. Plus, I believe her husband is in real estate, an industry that is taking a beating right now.

Here's a link to one of Amy's television jobs. She's pictured in the third TV from top.

But those QVC coaches haven't finished filling out thier rooster yet.

According to blogger and freelance television host, Andi Barness, there were approximately 6,000 applicants for the host job that they hope to fill by next month. (6,000! Wow! I need a good Shawn-ism here ... holy guacamole!) Andi was one of the lucky few who got flown out to LA to meet with some of the Q's talent executives.

I don't know much of anything about Andi, but in her blog post about the QVC audition she writes about how she got all embarrassingly fan girly when she ran into some American Idol contestants at the airport! She even harassed them for a quick picture. Any girl that who stalks American Idol contestants on her way to a QVC host audition is alright by me.

Here she is with Danny Gokey (not my favorite contestant I might add):



Congratulations to Amy! And best of luck to Andi!

31 comments:

  1. If that is Andi Barness with Danny Gokey, then she is a dead ringer for Sandra Bennett !!

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  2. The only resemblance I see if the long dark hair.

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  3. I think she looks like Davinia Palmer, sorta kinda!

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  4. Oops, sorry about that, Andi kind of looks like Davinia.

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  5. I can't stand watching Amy Strand - she is by far the worst show host trainee EVER - she has no thought process, she is all over the place, and she doesn't think before she says anything and what comes out of her mouth is just horrible. I can't believe they have not terminated her contract. When she is on a watch HSN.

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  6. I'm afraid that I have to agree with the previous commentor. Amy might be a truly nice person, but she is absolutely the WORST host I have ever observed on QVC in many, many years of tuning in. She lacks intelligence, is uncomfortably awkward, and is ALWAYS incredibly annoying. Don't they do focus testing before they hire these people? It's almost like watching a parody of a "Valley Girl" on SNL! Each time I am forced to suffer through her inane, vapid comments and strange speech patterns,I am more convinced that someone surely pulled strings for her to get her the job. What's most surprising is that she hasn't gotten better through the months of practice and yet, they continue to keep her. Can she sell successfully to customers? Absolutely not! In fact, she is much more likely to drive them away. Someone more deserving should have been given the chance to be on-air. Amy needs to be hired as a QVC guide to lead tours through the QVC headquarters and studio.Her attractiveness, friendliness, and insipid personality would be better suited there.

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    1. Ha Ha! As evidenced by her smashing success - YOU called that one wrong! Merry Christmas!

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  7. I disagree. I actually really enjoy watching Amy on QVC and find her interesting, fresh and very personable. I am young, and watching all those other old women on there talk about Christmas products and awful jewelry just gets annoying. I would prefer Amy over any others.

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  8. I can understand not wanting to hear about Christmas products in the middle of August but,.."Oh, mighty Young One".....How much money do you spend at QVC?? It's us "older more mature and ESTABLISHED" shoppers who keep QVC afloat. I can promise you that if I'm going to spend over $300 on an item it will be the "old woman" who has been around the block and experienced life that will talk me into it not someone who just got out of college and hasn't even tackled a mortgage payment yet! I can understand wanting new fresh product and a "younger attitude"...I am with you on that!!

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  9. Patti reilly last night on that manufactured awards comedy what a joke it reminded me of a saturday nite live skit and her hair she is looking more and more like an aging country and western singer that big hair arrived before she did.

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  10. I agree with the last post Patti reminds me of Dolly Parton big hair big boobs.

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  11. Hello to all! I agree, Amy is just awful! I thought that Davinia was horrible, but thankfully she left. I'm not quite sure if she quit or they terminated her contract. Does anyone know? This morning I am feeling so sorry for Dave James! He is a professional and very skilled host. He looks absolutely appalled at what comes out of Amy's mouth! I did not realize the seasoned hosts were in charge of on the job training. I thought they trained them before they came on the air! I hope James is getting paid extra to put up with her! If not, he is really taking one for the "Team"! Poor man, someone through him a life line!!

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  12. Amy Stran is boring..but that lady during the day has an irritating , screechy voice..not sure what her name is...Albany i think..she has red hair..yuk..and her fake southern accent is very annoying..can we get some people with personality....Nancy Hornback looks like that chic that use to be on SNL..she is a bore and can Pat James stop flipping her hair in the morning..wow..obnoxious...Nancy, Albany and Amy definitely need to go...come on QVC..you can do better then that...

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  13. I think amy stran is adorable and makes watching qvc fun. I've never watched really regularly but I tuned in and she happened to be on and I came back the next night and bought something just cuz she made it look and sound so cute.

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  14. Amy Stran cannot pronounce words with the letter L in it. She is so annoying Ugggg !!

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  15. stop hating. amy is an adorable little cutie pie. luv those petite brunettes. steve is a lucky man.

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  16. I'm with the more mature women QVC viewers out there. At 48, I'm sick if the phony bologna people on QVC. Especially Lisa Robertson! Who dies she think she is trying to impersonate a 20 something year old with her fake everything? I miss Lisa Mason and Christa Pitts.

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  17. I really don't know how Amy S. sucks up to Lisa R. throughout he Monday night PM Style Shows. I want to vomit for her. Who did poor Amy piss off to get that duty?

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  18. I am a kindred spirit to anonymous who misses Lisa Mason. She wasn't phony and trying to fool the viewers that buying QVC products will make you look like you should be walking on Madison Avenue or you were a Hollywood celebrity.

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  19. I cannot stand Amy Stran, everything about her makes me cringe and I don't believe a word she says. I turn channels every time she is on. As for Lisa Robertson I cannot stand her even more, what does she think that she is in a beauty pageant every time she is on air? Her phony self from the inside out needs straightening out and no makeup can hide her wrinkles especially on HD tv. Just had to vent, thank you.

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  20. LOL I was just Reding all the Comments about QVC and thought I would Post Mine I have been a QVC Viewer/Watcher since Day One imagen that LOL I Love QVC and all The Hosts however there are some that make Me want to change the Channel from Time to Time anyways I miss the Old Hosts like Bob, Kathy, and of course Jeff AKA Jefferey as He liked to be Called not sure what happened to the Good Old Hosts of QVC but I am sure They are All out There somewhere in TV Shopping Land LOL or maybe not incase They are and happen to come across this I just wanted to Shout Out to Them We miss U!!!!

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  21. Jill B. is a great host. She is one of my favorites, but...Jill breathe occasionally...you too Jane,and a few others.Sometimes I have too change channels even though I really wanted to watch. Some host interupt the guest or talk over them when they're trying to pitch the item they brought. Very rude. It'slike your afraid you'll lose your job if your not talking every single second. Please slow down and breathe.

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  22. so glad to hear that someone else turns the channel when Lisa Robertson is on. YUCK. Phoney and quite impressed with herself...or so she seems.

    I miss Lisa Mason!!! She was so sincere. I only buy something when Leah, Mary Beth, Carolyn or antionella are on. If they get rid of any of them, I'm done. Still made they got rid of david kind

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  23. They are teaming Amy up with Lisa Robertson and Shawn K. up with Rick Domier for them to train these people. Amy is soooo nervous on air and Shawn is soooo unprofessional. I just don't understand who hires these hosts or why they keep them. Amy is so uncomfortable and it shows.

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  24. There must be a good reason why all the "good" hosts are leaving for HSN and Jewelry Network.
    Thank goodness for Mary B. Rowe.

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  25. I agree with those who are sick of Lisa Robertson.... does she think getting all this fake stuff is going to bring back her pageant days? She watches herself instead og trying to talk with the person she is selling products with, I am so sick of her and all her "love love love" or "loving". I think Qvc should be on their hands and knees begging for Lisa Mason to come back, she was the most down to earth, no bull kinda person, and she wasn't fake about anything. I heard one of the hosts say one day that their bosses wouldn't let them wear fake eyelashes because they wanted them to not look fake. Well, why the hell is Lisa Robertson still on air then? She is all fake; her hair extensions, her tan, her boobs, her eyelashes and god knows what else is fake..... come on Q get some hosts that are real......

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  26. Don't be jealous. Amy is awesome and fun to watch.

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  27. I think Amy is amazing! One of my favs for sure. I don't know how she use to be on air when she first started but I can imagine anyone here that posted would feel just as awkward on live t.v. at first. Maybe it just took her a while to grab the reins and be on her own?

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  28. Lisa Robertson is so fake. She is so into herself. Take away her fake hair make up boobs and the real her pops out. I would love to see her without all that.

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  29. Amy is one of my favorites. She is so real and down to earth. Unlike LIsa Robertson who is soooooooooooooo phoney. Congragulations on Bree.

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