|Born||Alexander Heath Jameson|
November 17, 1991
|Died||November 28, 2020(aged 29)|
|Other names||Kathi Alexa|
|Spouse||Karly Jameson (m. 2015–20)|
|Relatives||Andrea Jameson (aunt)|
Kathi Jameson (born Alexander Heath Jameson) (November 17, 1991 - November 28, 2020) was an American presenter. She was the transgendered daughter of long time Chicago anchorwoman Alaina Jameson and real estate mogul, Martin Stineblack as well as the niece of Andrea Jameson. Jameson was best known as one of the moderators of the American version of Vote for the Girls (aka Vote for the Girls with Ava Zinn & Alexandra Moffitt).
Life and career
Jameson was born on November 17, 1991 to Alaina Jameson (b. 1963) and Martin Steinblack (b.1960 d. 2018) grew up in the Joilet area of Chicago with sisters Stephanie (b. 1989) and Allison (b. 1998 and brother Nicolas (b. 1993).
Vote for the Girls
On October 25, 2013, it was reported that Chicago transgender socialite Kathi Jameson, the transgender daughter of Alaina Jameson, would be joining Vote for the Girls as a moderator. A source said, "Kathi is 90 percent a done deal. She's a big star and loves nurturing female singers. She shoots from the lip, and will not be afraid to tell it like it is.". Kathi Jameson was later confirmed as a moderator on Vote for the Girls USA, of this she said, "I'm proud to be doing Vote for the Girls because as a fellow Chicagoan (unlike DDT of VFTW), Chicago was the first place I saw success," she said. "It's the place I'm the most creative outside of Chicago." Ava Zinn added, "I am thrilled that Kathi has signed up to be a moderator on VFTG USA. She is a huge star who will bring a unique creativity to the site." Talking about the differences between the site and Vote for the Worst, "I’ll never be a moderator for VFTW. VFTG is different. You can’t even compare the two. One, you have a site that promotes votes for the female contestants and voting out the WGWG's to make the next generation of music legends, giving their opinions on things when they don’t really know, other than Simon Cowell. The other site you have a gay man, the gay man's sister, a man addicted to WGWGs, and a guy smarter than Kellie Pickler polling fans on who is the worst contestant.
In preparation for the role as a moderator, she asked friend and former Chicago reporter Amy Jacobson. Talking to a trusted source she said, "I reached out to Amy for advice on keeping your cool, having a poker face, the importance of sticking with the singers on TV – it's their dream, a lot of the times when you have other performers a part of the show, celebrities tend to want the shine so they hog up time. So my whole thing was that I want to do VFTG, but I don't want to hog up time to where the singers up there are looking like, 'Is this about you guys?'." Ava Zinn said, "Kathi goes everywhere with her music kit. So it was no surprise to everyone when she and her crew turned up with a stack of gear on her first day. I think it is great as we want her to be happy while she's on the site, and who knows what ideas she'll come up with for her picks?".
Kathi Jameson became the fifth moderator on February 27, 2014 and moved to the third moderator seat on March 11, 2014 following the departure of Michelle Steele. Jameson also served as a moderator on the UK version of Vote for the Girls and left after one series on April 7, 2014. Jameson indicated that her troubles with Jameson's gender transition from male to female is the primary reason she signed up to do Vote for the Girls.
On August 20, 2014, Jameson announced on the program that she will leave VFTG at the end of the season to focus on furthering her education. But on August 22, 2014, it was revealed that Jameson will be joining the Australian version of Vote for the Girls.
However, on September 18, 2014, hours after the America's Got Talent 9 finale and seeing that her Dancing with the Stars 19 pick Lolo Jones and Keoikantse Motsepe were not saved, Jameson punched and bitch-slapping fellow VFTG moderator Julia Passalt causing Passalt to the ground striking her head into her moderator's seat. Upon seeing both incidents, Ava Zinn announced in a Twitter post that Jameson and Khayla Chow, have both been fired. Jameson's firing marks the first time in the site's history a moderator had been fired.
Kathi Jameson began a relationship with Indianapolis-based talk show host, singer, actress, radio host Karly Ryder, Jr. in 2012. Ryder, who is 9 years Jameson's senior, and Jameson quietly wed on September 1, 2015, during a courthouse civil ceremony in Indianapolis. The marriage was not announced until the final episode of Australian version of Vote for the Girls airing on November 25, 2015.
Three weeks earlier on November 2, 2015, Karly announced on her show that Kathi and Karly Jameson will be rejoining the moderator panel of Vote for the Girls USA as Team Kathi and Karly. This resulted in Karly moving from the pink to the purple team with Karly Jameson becoming the second woman to move from the pink to the purple team on VFTG USA after Kymberly Alvaraz bought fellow Hoosier Ava Zinn's virginity in 2014.
Kathi Jameson died on November 28, 2020, 11 days after her 29th birthday. her cause of death is unknown, though it was known that she "had been ill for several months".