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But some performers say they were not fully prepared for what followed. And then there are the countless admirers he has never met, who know him only as Masta Wong, an Adonis in an Adidas jacket who strips to the bouncy rhythms of Britpop.
After the vacation he ed a naturist e-mail list, through which he eventually discovered an open casting call for the show.
AT 33, Howard Wong has already cultivated an impressive collection of personas. Dawn, a contestant from Jackson, N. And as Fuse executives prepare for a second season of the show scheduled for the fallthey are experimenting with ways to make it more interactive, from expanded back-story segments about the contestants to college and citywide dance tournaments.
Fuse, a hour music channel owned by the Cablevision Systems Corporation, aspires to be an MTV for the 21st century, but until now it has lacked sufficiently memorable personalities and programming.
In recent months, Fuse has been fortifying its development staff and increasing its production budgets in search of original series that will give the channel its own identity. For a few glorious weeks this spring, Mr. Two months later, Mr. Wong was still savoring his surprise victory. Campbell said. Some friends know him best as an information technology consultant and software deer, others as a lapsed medical student and yoga enthusiast.
In search of contestants, the producers handed out fliers at rock concerts and plumbed the depths of Internet message boards on Craigslist, Yahoo and MSN. Lea Schroeder, a genetics lab manager who moonlights as a burlesque artist under the pseudonym Pinkie Special and who appeared on the show under the spelling Pinkywas recruited by a fellow performer.
Schroeder said that she was asked to tape both completely nude and nonnude versions of her dance routine, a request that surprised her but did not stop her.