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The Search for the Next Billy Mays

8/6/2009 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Billy MaysIt'll be hard to find anyone to fill that blue shirt quite like Billy Mays -- but the marketing company behind Mighty Brand products is prepping a nationwide search for a new pitchman to take his place.

Media Enterprises
tells us the hunt will begin August 19 with auditions in Tampa, FL -- and will continue throughout the country. We're told Mays' image will remain on the Mighty products, but the company is looking for someone with as much enthusiasm as Billy to sell it.

The first product the new person would be pitching is the Mighty Sponge -- a sponge so strong it can allegedly absorb 2 liters of Coke.

The gig could end up being pretty lucrative for whoever nails it -- for one of his last commercials, Mays was paid seven figures for one day's work.

Talk about an easy sell.

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John    

I nominate Dax Holt!

1907 days ago
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bzokc    

Paula Abdul is the obvious choice.

1907 days ago
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Mary    

Vince the pitchman for "ShamWow" and the "Slap Chop" would be a good choice

1907 days ago
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mamajj    

Hi Dax Holt here for Oxiclean! LMAO!

1907 days ago
5.

balls    

balls

1907 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

Please nail this screamer's coffin shut!!!

1907 days ago
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Jerry Martin    

Anyone but the shamwow jerk. That guy is a body opening and I wish the hooker had beat him up worse than she did.

1907 days ago
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Carter Forster - London, Ontario, Canada    

Wow. He'd roll over in his own grave if it weren't for the Mighty Mend. :-o

1907 days ago
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Real    

Arnie Klein, Dr. Loflein, Dionnne Warwick, Judge Sheindlin, Judge Mathis (Detroit), Joan Rivers or Gary Coleman will fill the bill. Conan & Jay have been dismissed because of "diversity" issues. Oh, Mikey's "doctor" needs some $$$ to pay those lawyers too. He's a good candidate as well.

Pay up America!

1907 days ago
10.

Jezzy    

OMG, NO!! I've been enjoying the quieter commercials as of late.
Well I'll use my MUTE button again for some other loud-mouth bastard.

1907 days ago
11.

z1ny    

Wow, what's wrong at TMZ, I guess you can only regurgitate the same 3 Michael Jackson stories just so many times, huh?
How is this remotely interesting?

1907 days ago
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Vince Shlomi    

I think I would be great for the freaking job!!!! oh wait... I have a felony battery charge on my record now for beating the @#$% out of Miss Harris... hmmm...think they can look past that? love...the Sham Wow guy...

1907 days ago
13.

Root of the MCP    

How about Matthew Lesko? He could sell "question marks" to one who thinks he has all the answers. Look him up on wikipedia and you will see what I mean.

1907 days ago
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Linda Mott    

HARVEY LEVIN! He could get an Eskimo (I hope this is politically correct) to buy a refrigerator.

1907 days ago
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Kurtf    

That's ridiculous. Their will never be another Billy Mays. Don't even bother trying to find another. He was one of a kind.

1907 days ago
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