MTV and VH1 are owned by a similar parent company, Viacom. If you have been following the story about how MTV is trying to make the channel a more "interactive" experience for viewers, you'll remember that several people who have sent casting tapes for the 20th season have been contacted to have their tapes put online.
Last night, VH1 revealed their casting website for I Love New York 2. That website currently features different videos from different hopefuls hoping to compete for New York's attention in the upcoming brand new season. The website claims that the five most popular videos, selected through a series of three rounds, will be on the new upcoming season. In addition to that, the website allows you to upload your own video in order to be considered for the new season.
So, why is this important? Well, if you head on over to www.realworldcasting.com, you'll see an authorization log-in prompting you for your user name and password. Is this the website for Real World 20 casting? The short answer is yes.
Shortly before the I Love New York website went live, that website had an identical login screen that blocked viewers from the website's content. Check out the Google cache of the I Love New York website. While we tried to look up the ICANN database information for realworldcasting.com, we found that the domain has been registered throughout 2009, but the buyer had the private information locked. However, we find that paired with the I Love New York information, it's pretty conclusive that casting for Real World 20 will be online.
It is yet unclear if The Real World will follow the same process as I Love New York in that a portion of the cast will be selected exclusively by online viewers or if people will be able to upload their own audition tapes online. Only time will tell, but expect an announcement soon!