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article imageU.S. voting begins in Voice of McDonald's global singing contest Special

By Mindy Peterman     Oct 29, 2013 in Entertainment
With its international voting completed, the U.S. is the final stop on the Voice of McDonald's voting trail. Who will make it to the finals in Orlando? It's up to the voters and the judges to decide.
McDonald’s is known for many things: Happy Meals, quarter pounders with cheese, Big Macs and a clown named Ronald. But one thing about McDonald’s not overly publicized is the singing competition it runs for its employees.
The Voice of McDonald’s is an annual event that began in 2006 and has attracted entrants from Asia-Pacific/Middle East/Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America. The top 16 VOM contestants (four from each from each of the contest areas) will become global finalists and eligible to compete in the final rounds at McDonald’s 2014 Worldwide Convention in Orlando, Florida.
To become eligible to compete, the first requirement is, of course, to be a McDonald’s employee. A video must be made to show the hopeful’s musical worth. After that it is up to a group of judges to choose 25 semi-finalists out of the hundreds who apply.
The public votes online for their favorite singer, and it is these votes plus those of the judges that decide who will go to Orlando.
30-year-old Courtney Peterman from Waterbury, Connecticut is one of the semi-finalists, the first from the state in the history of the competition to make it this far. She is my daughter and I watch with barely restrained delight as she plans and plots her strategies for getting the word out to the public about her quest to be a finalist. With the help of McDonald’s PR people, she is scheduled to perform on FOX Connecticut news; she has already appeared on WFSB, which is the local CBS affiliate, and NBC Connecticut news. It is an exciting time for her.
“I’ve dreamed of being a professional singer since I was 5," she says. "Singing is the best part of me and will forever be a part of me. I entered VOM because I thought it was unique; there aren’t many opportunities like this that let music industry professionals see what you can do. I hope to continue pursuing my dream.”
Those who would like to vote based on the videos posted on the McDonald’s site or would just like to see what the contest is all about can go to the Voice of McDonald’s website. Voting in the U.S. continues through December 2nd.
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