Carson Daly, LaLa Anthony, SuChin Pak, Sway, Damien Fahey—those names are synonymous with MTV’s legendary music video countdown show Total Request Live, otherwise known as TRL. Now, the network has breathed new life into TRL, which is set to premiere on Monday with a slate of new hosts.
Taking over the new-and-improved, 8,000-square-foot Times Square studio, Tamara Dhia, Amy Pham, Erik Zachary, Lawrence Jackson and DC Young Fly will host, interview celebrities and debut new music videos on the hour-long show, which will air Monday through Thursday. Content curators—as MTV has dubbed them—The Dolan Twins and Liza Koshy will also be on board to serve up some TRL excitement from time to time.
Their names are familiar to the thousands of followers each host boasts on social media, but the new TRL troupe has a lot more going for them than just their buzzing personalities. Get to know a little bit more about each host below.
Tamara Dhia: With nearly 45,000 Instagram followers, Dhia was formerly the editorial producer and news anchor of Complex, where she gained plenty of experience interviewing celebrities and offering pop culture hot takes to millions of web viewers daily.
Amy Pham: A woman of many talents, Pham is an actress, TV host and DJ who has performed at festivals around the country with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Lady Gaga and Maroon 5. With as many as 496,000 Instagram followers, Pham has worked on projects for networks including Netflix, Blumhouse, Awestruck TV and Go90; she’s also served as a creative ambassador for Maybelline, CoverGirl, Forever 21 and Macy’s.
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Erik Zachary: Already familiar with hosting, Zachary is one of the many voices heard over the airwaves at iHeartMedia’s 103.5 KISS FM in Chicago. Zachary’s hard work at the station resulted in the launch of a new country music channel and his own syndicated radio series in Boston and Sacramento, California. He’s also experienced with celebrity interviews, which he posts on his YouTube channel for more than 10,000 subscribers to view.Lawrence Jackson: The entertainment journalist and TV/radio personality is already familiar with hosting a music show—he’s moving over to MTV from Revolt, Sean “Diddy” Combs’s music network. Jackson’s work has been featured in Essence magazine, ABC and other outlets. He’s also interviewed an impressive line of celebs like Usher, Kevin Hart, Kevin Durant, Adam Silver, Combs and even Oprah Winfrey. DC Young Fly: The rapper, actor and comedian has long ties to MTV. Before joining the hosts of TRL, DC Young Fly, whose real name is John Whitfield, got his first taste of fame on Wild ’N Out, Nick Cannon’s comedy show on MTV. On the music side, the rapper has worked with artists like Rich Homie Quan, Young Dolph and Kevin Gates. More than 5 million fans follow him on Instagram.