New Braunfels man hoping to co-host with Kelly Ripa

Top five finalists to compete in NYC

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Matt Drake, from New Braunfels, admits he's a huge fan of ABC's popular morning show, "Live with Kelly."

"I really enjoy watching ... Regis and now Kelly," said Drake. "I love the guests they have on there."

So when he heard about a nationwide contest to compete to co-host with Kelly for a day, he didn't hesitate and recorded a video on his iPhone that he sent in a few weeks ago.

Following a phone interview, Matt learned on Tuesday that he was one of 25 entrants to make it to the next round.

"I try to stand out as much as I can," Matt said. "I want to make something different, especially when I have other contestants I have to go up against. I wanted to make something that wasn't just, 'Here's me' but 'Here's some funny scenes of me in action if I were to be your co-host for the day.'"

The competition is fierce and Matt, who works in USAA's IT department, has already done his part by spreading the news to his friends on Facebook.

People can visit this page and watch Matt's video along with the other contestants. They earn votes with every comment that includes their name. Viewers can also share the link on Twitter and Facebook.

On Monday, the show will announce the Top 10. Then, a few days later, the five finalists will be announced. They will fly to New York and compete for the chance to co-host with Kelly on July 24.

"Man, it would be so amazing. I would love it!' Matt exclaimed. "If it opened the door for something else, I would completely jump at opportunities, but if it was a one-time experience -- a memorable experience -- then I would enjoy that and come back to my life here."


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