If you've always dreamed of donning designer duds and uncovering the latest celeb scoop, grab your video camera and get ready to hit the red carpet at a major awards ceremony this September. PEOPLE.com and YouTube have joined forces to launch our first-ever "Red Carpet Reporter" competition (www.youtube.com/redcarpetreporter). To qualify for this unique chance to mingle with Hollywood's hottest stars, submit your best two- to four-minute video using your front walk as a red carpet. Interview a friend or family member as if you were a professional reporter at a major awards show -- in other words, don't be afraid to to grill grandma about who she's wearing and how she prepared for her latest role.



Submit your video by midnight EST on Monday, July 21, and a team of PEOPLE.com editors and red carpet correspondents will narrow the field to 10 finalists. The top 10 will produce a second video in which the budding reporters conduct spontaneous interviews in a public space. Then it's up to PEOPLE.com and the YouTube community to select the best reporter; the winner will be unveiled on both PEOPLE.com and YouTube on August 27, 2008.



The grand prize recipient will spend a whirlwind two days in Los Angeles where he or she will receive the ultimate red carpet treatment, including hair and make-up by Revlon, a clothing allowance, VIP entry to exclusive events, and the chance to work the red carpet interviewing Hollywood celebrities. A video diary documenting the winner's day of preparing for and working the red carpet will be featured on both YouTube and PEOPLE.com.
So break out that dusty formal wear, tell grandma to do her best diva impersonation, and show us you're "red carpet ready."



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The YouTube Team