Avon announced the names of the 10 Finalists from nine countries who will be advancing to the final round of Avon Voices '?? the company's first-ever global online singing talent search. We've been listening and clicking this weekend (sorry, top secret who we voted for) in this amazing music event. The 10 Finalists (in alphabetical order by last name) are Pauline Alencar from Brazil, Evelina Anusauskaite from Lithuania, Cissy Crutcher and Jaclyn Dustin from the Unites States, Selena Gittens from Canada, Joy Loria from the Philippines, Roslynn Mahe from the United Kingdom, Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon from Thailand, Claudia Santos Morandi from Venezuela and Natalia Terekhova from Russia.
The contest has been running since last December when these ladies submitted a 30-second performance video. There have been three elimination rounds of voting since then, with 2.4 million votes cast from around the world. As part of this journey, they have travelled on two unforgettable trips on behalf of Avon Voices, the most recent in July when they ventured to Hollywood, California to record their final performance videos.
The winner will be announced in November when the Finalists travel to New York City for the Avon Voices Finale and the Avon Foundation for Women Gala. While in New York City, the Final 10 will perform live in front of the Avon Voices celebrity judges and an invited global audience at the world famous Hard Rock CafÃ© in Times Square. We are so excited to be there covering it live.
"Watching these amazingly talented women reach for their dreams over the past 10 months has been a tremendous source of inspiration for our 40,000 Avon Associates and 6.5 million Avon Representatives around the world,'? said Joe Billone, Vice President, Global Representative Branding & Communications, Avon Products, Inc. '??We are so proud of the 10 Finalists who truly embody women'??s empowerment and while there will only be two official winners of the talent search, all of our global Contenders have felt as though they'??ve already won, having been on this once-in-a-lifetime journey with Avon Voices."
The two Avon Voices talent search winners will be selected by a combination of online public voting and a renowned judging panel of music industry leaders from around the world, including: Fergie, six-time Grammy award winner; Diane Warren, legendary songwriter; Natasha Bedingfield, and many more music dignitaries.
It'??s Not Too Late to Get Involved! If You Haven'??t Registered, Do it Now! Go to the program's official website '?? AvonVoices.com '?? to register to be part of the program.
Cast 2 votes each week: 1 vote for your favorite General Public singer and 1 vote for your favorite Avon Representative singer. Be sure to use all 8 of your votes by October 15.
Full disclosure: I am a Avon Blog Ambassador and receive a stipend from the company. I am being compensated to cover and promote this amazing event.