Off to Beauty and Geek audition

TASMANIAN IT technician Glenn McClelland had never seen reality television show  Beauty and the Geek  when he clicked ``send'' on his application.

Mr McClelland still had not watched an episode when he received a call from the show's producers the next day, inviting him to audition.

On June 15 Mr McClelland will be sitting on a plane bound for Adelaide, en route to one of the craziest things he's ever attempted - television try-outs.

``A friend posted something about it on my Facebook wall and I thought `why not, I need to make some changes and do something exciting','' he said.

``I was surprised, they gave me a call the next day while I was at work.''

When Australia's would-be premier geek isn't working to fix computers, he's using them to play games from his extensive library.

Birthday celebrations and social gatherings also share his IT-focus and are hosted on Mr McClelland's impressive purpose-built home network.

``Dad owned a computer store when I was younger, and as far back as I can remember I've been using, fixing or playing games on them,'' he said.

``I've got almost 1050 games on Steam (an online games portal).

Whether he is successful in his auditions or not, Mr McClelland said he hoped the experience would be a life-changer.

``The application asked me what I do, it asked me if I could teach other people to do things - at the end of it I said I realised how boring my life was,'' he said.

``It's a lot out of my comfort zone, but I do hope I get in. It would be a fun experiment.

``Who knows, I could come out at the end with money, or love.''

Launceston computer technician Glenn McClelland has been invited to attend Adelaide auditions for reality TV show Beauty and the Geek. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Launceston computer technician Glenn McClelland has been invited to attend Adelaide auditions for reality TV show Beauty and the Geek. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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