Open Talent Call: Mentors

Meet the mentors guiding the Final Four

As the Open Talent Call for Presenters moves into the final stages, four mentors will be joining our finalists as they navigate through the tough presenting challenges at the official pre-season test in Valencia.

Layla Anna-Lee

"Nowadays, it isn’t just about talking in front of the camera, especially as a woman. We no longer want to be given a script and robotically say another man’s words, we want to understand ourselves, we want to come up with ideas, we want to write our own scripts."

Layla Anna-Lee has carved a successful career as a football presenter across both digital and TV, fronting content for the likes of adidas, UEFA, ESPN, UFC, NBC and FIFA.

Unafraid of working with high profile stars, Layla has hosted a football awards show alongside Idris Elba and interviewed a host of football greats including Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar and David Beckham amongst others.

Away from the pitch, Layla has become the face of the European MMA scene, she was chosen to narrate the London Olympic opening ceremony by award-winning director Danny Boyle and was also named one of Time Out’s top 100 influential creatives.

Layla will be imparting her expertise to Derin Adetosoye.

Michael Gunning

“Anyone can give up but keep striving to achieve your goals. Whether you’re told you can’t swim or can’t be a presenter – prove them wrong because it feels so good!”

Professional swimmer and presenter, Michael Gunning is known for his accolades in the pool for both Team Jamaica and Team GB, but it was an appearance in the award-winning television series 'The Bi Life', the UK's first bisexual dating show that brought him to a wider audience, making him the Caribbean’s first openly gay athlete/swimmer in competition.

Since then, Michael is a regular pundit and avid speaker for the sport and his charismatic personality has led him to various TV shows. He volunteers his spare time as a Stonewall UK Sporting Champion and Athlete Ally Ambassador fighting for Diversity and Inclusion within sport.

Michael joins the Open Talent Call for Presenters as the mentor for Alexa Rendell.

Keep checking back as we announce each of the four mentors ahead of the official pre-season test in Valencia