"Check, Please!" producers Jacqui Wedewer and David Manilow were still finalizing the list of the top five host hopefuls Friday morning.
WTTW's popular restaurant-review show has narrowed down its field of 17 host finalists to five -- a short list of names that changed as recently as this morning, according to producers.
The plan is to announce the five names on the show's website Wednesday and reveal the "winner" on May 29. Producers Jacqui Wedewer and David Manilow initially thought they'd have three finalists to announce next week, but they've expanded their options.
The 17 hopefuls looking to replace long-time host Alpana Singh all did dry runs hosting a mock show in front of the cameras earlier this month. You can check out clips of their auditions here. Footage of the top five finalists' auditions will be aired in a TV special on WTTW-Channel 11 at 8 p.m. May 17.
Read more about the finalists' auditions in a behind-the-scenes story in the Pulse section of Monday's Sun-Times.