MTV TJ Finalist Ryan Lytle Sets Sights On New York City

Amelia, Ohio, hometown hero makes it to the top five in MTV's Twitter Jockey search.

Ryan Lytle, one of the five finalists in the running for a job as MTV's very first Twitter Jockey , is madly in love with Amelia.

Amelia, Ohio, that is.

The tiny Cincinnati outpost may only hold 93 more people than Ryan's current 2,659-follower count on Twitter, but while giving a tour of his hometown to MTV News, Ryan credited his birthplace with influencing him more than anywhere else.

"I was lucky to grow up in such a diverse suburb of Cincinnati, in regards to pop culture," he said. "Everyone was listening to such different types of music back in the day, from Eminem to Limp Bizkit, from Outkast to Offspring. It allowed me to appreciate all types of music and build a love for pop culture in general."

MTV, in partnership with ZYNC from American Express, chose Ryan as one of the 20 social-media enthusiasts competing for a $100,000 contract to become MTV's first-ever Twitter Jockey. Over the last six weeks, the candidates took part in challenges that tested everything from their skills at growing their Twitter followers to their ability to break an unsigned band.

On Sunday, August 8, all five candidates will face off during the finale in New York City, which will be broadcast live at 10 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com.

Ryan's wide spectrum of pop-culture tastes came in handy during the first round of challenges, but it was his hometown pride that catapulted him into the spotlight.

Almost immediately after the competition kicked off in June, Ryan's broadcaster voice and playful professionalism became a staple of Cincinnati's talk-show circuit and its main sports venues — not to mention the JumboTron in Cincinnati's central hub.

"From a park dedication to being the honorary captain at a Cincinnati Reds game, I knew from the start that my city had my back," he told MTV News. "The city embraced my cause and helped me push my name to the top. No other MTV TJ candidate felt the love and support of a city as much as I did, and I'm so thankful for that."

The winner of the MTV TJ search will be chosen by you, so tune in to MTV or MTV.com on August 8 at 10 p.m. ET to vote for your favorite candidate!