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Tom Riles Named Host of Fox 5 San Diego’s “3 Minutes to Stardom!”

January 16th, 2013 Posted in Emcee, Host

Tom Riles debuts on Saturday, January 19th as the new host of “3 Minutes to Stardom,” airing weekly on San Diego’s Fox5.

Taping every Friday night at San Diego’s Favorite, Valley View Casino & Hotel, Riles will emcee this competition featuring some of the best singers from Southern California.

The judges on “3 Minutes to Stardom” are Star 94.1′s Delana, Rock 105.3′s Ashlee, and the San Diego Reader’s Dave Good.

The winner of this exciting new singing competition will receive $10,000 and an audition with record label executives in Hollywood.

Come on out and see Tom Riles host “3 Minutes to Stardom” and be a part of our studio audience at Valley View Casino & Hotel!

Life of Dad – The First True Social Network For Fathers

January 25th, 2012 Posted in Life

Next week, we’re excited to be unveiling Life of Dad’s Man Caves!  What is already the funniest site on the web for parents, will become a social network.  Build a Man Cave.  Connect with fathers around the world.  Stay tuned to see how it all works next week!

The X-Factor Audience Warm-up in Seattle

June 29th, 2011 Posted in Warm Up

Seattle is the final stop in auditions for Simon Cowell’s new show, “The X-Factor.”  Tom Riles opened for the show which is looking for the next music superstar.  The Seattle crowds were fantastic, as they love Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and L.A. Reid.  The talent in Seattle was impressive as well…maybe this is the home of the first $5 Million Dollar winner of “The X-Factor!”  Watch the show on Fox this fall!

X-Factor Audience Warm-up in Dallas!

June 21st, 2011 Posted in Warm Up

The X-Factor train keeps chugging along, and we just appeared in Dallas.  Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid found some great talent, as Tom Riles once again warmed up the crowd.  The shows were taped at the American Airlines Center, home of the newly crowned NBA Champion, Dallas Mavericks.  Thanks for having us, Dallas!

X-Factor – Audience Warm-up on Simon Cowell’s New Show

March 28th, 2011 Posted in Warm Up

Do you have the X-Factor?

Yesterday I was working the Los Angeles auditions for Simon Cowell’s new show, “The X-Factor.”

Over 15,000 hopefuls showed up at the L.A. Sports Arena, auditioning in front of producers, aspiring to get a step closer to the $5 Million Dollar grand prize and a recording contract with Sony.

I entertained the crowd starting at 8AM, leading them in group songs, X-Factor cheers, and more. Entertainment Weekly Online said the following about me:

“From an elevated platform, a spirited emcee warmed up the crowd, which arrived at 6AM under drizzling skies. It was the first day of auditions, and the announcer exhorted contestants to have winning personalities, not just vocal talent, if they want to become the next Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, or Black Eyed Peas. The mass of aspiring pop stars waved, “Simon Pick Me!” posters and joined in sing-alongs of numbers like Teenage Dream and Forget You.”

My elevated platform was pretty funny. About six feet wide, and a few feet off of the ground. I must say, the singers that arrived were awesome for braving out the rain all morning long.

Other reports said there were as many as 17,000 people at the audition. It was surreal for me to be able to talk to that many people.

For more information on “The X-Factor,” visit their FOX website: http://thexfactor.blogs.fox.com/

Good luck to all of you who auditioned, and today I’ll be back over at “Ellen!”

Six Years at Ellen

February 23rd, 2011 Posted in Warm Up

February marks my six year anniversary as the audience warm-up act at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show!”  Thanks to Ellen, Telepictures, and Warner Bros. for letting me be a part of the team.  Here’s to many more great years and memories. 

Cartoon Network’s “Hole In The Wall” Audience Warm-up

February 22nd, 2011 Posted in Warm Up

If you’re looking for something to do over the next two weekends, come watch Tom Riles warm up the crowds at Cartoon Network’s hit show, “Hole in the Wall!”  Hosted by Teck Holmes, this show is a blast for the entire family, featuring contestants attempting to morph into the shape of the wall, otherwise they are pushed into the water.  For tickets, click here.

Audience Warm-up at “The Singing Bee.”

February 17th, 2011 Posted in Warm Up

Are you longing for some country music karaoke this weekend?  Well then come on by and watch a live taping of “The Singing Bee,” hosted by Melissa Peterman.  Tom Riles will be there, doing audience warm-up on Friday, Feb. 18th and Saturday, Feb. 19th.  This show is a blast, featuring a band, hit songs, and a rowdy audience.  Yee-haw. 

Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways!!!

December 6th, 2010 Posted in Warm Up

Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways have arrived!  This is the hardest ticket in television to get, so the audience members are very excited every day.  It sure makes warming up the crowd a blast.  Watch Ellen over the next two weeks to find out all of the gifts she gives away.  No, I can’t get tickets for you, and no I don’t get the prizes myself.  Merry Christmas!

That's Ellen with Elvish Presley!

Ellen’s Season 8 Premiere at VMA’s!

September 13th, 2010 Posted in Warm Up

Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga

We kicked off Season 8 of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” on a high note! Live from MTV’s Video Music Awards, our season opener featured Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Usher, and Justin Bieber. The show was a blast, and I’m excited to be on board again for Season 8!