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3. SEMI-FINALIST SELECTION: On or around October 26, 2009, a panel of judges comprised of representatives of Sponsor will select eight (8) semi-finalists, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Participation Terms (individually, a "Semi-Finalist" and collectively, the "Semi-Finalists") from among: all eligible Submissions received based equally upon the following criteria: (i) overall stage presence, (ii) choice of song selected, and (iii) vocal ability. The decisions of the judges will be final and binding on all participants in all matters related to the Challenge. In the event of a tie, an additional "tie-breaker" judge will determine the Semi-Finalist(s) from among all such tied Submissions using the judging criteria above.  Sponsor reserves the right to invite Challenge participants who are not deemed Semi-Finalists to attend the Show as audience members.

SEMI- FINALIST NOTIFICATION: Potential Semi-Finalists will be notified by Sponsor within five (5) business days of the date of the judges' decision via either the telephone number or e-mail address provided on the applicable Submission and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release, a tax acknowledgment form and any other documents required by Sponsor. Each potential Semi-Finalist must reply within five (5) days of date of notification either via email or by calling the phone number provided upon award notification and must execute and return all documents required by Sponsor within three (3) days of date of issuance, or Semi-Finalists status will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate Semi-Finalist will be selected. If any Semi-Finalist is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Semi-Finalist Award will be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, and such parent or legal guardian will be required to fulfill all requirements imposed on Semi-Finalists set forth herein and accompany such Semi-Finalist on Show as his/her Travel Companion (as defined below); however, only Semi-Finalist (and not his/her parent or legal guardian) will perform on Show (as defined below) if he/she is required to do so. All Semi-Finalists must be available to travel on dates specified by Sponsor (as described below). In the event any potential Semi-Finalist does not comply with these Participation Terms or is not able to travel on the dates specified by Sponsor, his/her Semi-Finalist status will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate Semi-Finalist will be selected.

4. SEMI-FINALIST AWARDS (UP TO 11 BETWEEN ROUNDS I AND II): At least one (1) trip for two (2) nights/three (3) days for two (2) (Semi-Finalist and a Travel Companion) to Chicago, IL (the "Trip"), depending on how far a Semi-Finalist advances in the Challenge. Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of each trip: is Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for a Semi-Finalist who lives more than two hundred (200) miles from Chicago, IL and One Thousand One Hundred Dollars ($1,100.00) for a Semi-Finalist who lives two hundred (200) miles or less from Chicago, IL. If any Semi-Finalist lives more than two hundred (200) miles from Chicago, IL, each Trip shall include the following, all selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion: (i) round-trip, coach class air transportation (including taxes) for Semi-Finalist and his/her travel companion (the "Travel Companion") from the major U.S. gateway airport nearest the Semi-Finalist's residence to Chicago, (ii) hotel accommodations (one (1) room, double occupancy (including room taxes)) for two (2) nights at a hotel in Chicago, IL, (iii) the opportunity for Semi-Finalist and his/her Travel Companion to attend at least one (1) taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show (the "Show") in November 2009, (iv) the opportunity for the Semi-Finalist to perform one (1) karaoke song on at least one (1) episode of the Show as part of his/her participation in the Challenge (as described below), (v) round trip ground transportation for Semi-Finalist and his/her Travel Companion between the airport and the hotel in Chicago, and (vi) round trip ground transportation for Semi-Finalist and his/her Travel Companion between the hotel and the Show taping in Chicago. If a Winner lives two hundred (200) miles or less from Chicago, IL, each Trip shall include the following, all selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion: (i) ground transportation for Winner and Travel Companion to/from his/her place of residence and Chicago, IL, (ii) two (2) nights of hotel accommodations (one (1) room, double occupancy (including room taxes)), at a hotel in Chicago, IL of Sponsor's choice, (iii) the opportunity for Winner and his/her Travel Companion to attend at least one (1) taping of the Show in Chicago in November 2009, (iv) the opportunity for the Semi-Finalist to perform one (1) karaoke song on at least one (1) episode of the Show as part of his/her participation in the Challenge, and (v) round trip ground transportation for Winner and his/her Travel Companion between the hotel and the Show taping in Chicago. TOTAL MAXIMUM ARV OF ALL AWARDS: Up to Fifty-Five Thousand Dollars ($55,000.00). Sponsor does not guarantee any Semi-Finalist's appearance on any Show.
FROM: Don't Stop Believing!
Published on October 05, 2009

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