$500 First Prize from First Ideas Corp. Awaits Winner of MaybeeBabeez Nationwide Talent Search

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Contestants are now submitting videos showcasing their talents, via YouTube and Facebook

Cowboy Cal, an ex-rodeo rider, has big dreams to make it in Nashville.

My favorite Babeez is Rockin' Rosanna. I'm a single mom, too. If I have a bad day and get turned down at an audition, seeing her makes me smile and reminds me not to give up.--Aspiring singer Brandi R.

First Ideas, long-time manufacturer of unique gift items, is adding a new dimension to its MaybeeBabeez Collection: a Nationwide Talent Search, with a first prize of $500 going to the winner! MaybeeBabeez, at the center of the contest, are soft-sculptured characters, which poke gentle fun at TV talent show competitors. They represent singers and dancers, but the contest is open to any kind of talent. There is no age limit but contestants must include an image of a MaybeeBabeez in their performance videos. Information on how to enter and contest rules are available at http://www.maybeebabeez.com
Like the millions of Americans who faithfully watch and audition for reality shows like "The Voice", "American Idol", and "So You Think You Can Dance", the MaybeeBabeez have stars in their eyes. Some are youngsters, others have been around a bit; but all, from Cowboy Cal to Tappin' Tammy, dream big dreams and never give up. Their silly smiles never change, regardless of how hard the path to success may be. A member of the First Ideas sales team notes, "Some shopkeepers have told me customers who have purchased MaybeeBabeez think of them as good luck charms."

One of these is Brandi R., an aspiring singer who says, "My favorite Babeez is Rockin' Rosanna. I'm a single mom, too. If I have a bad day and get turned down at an audition, seeing her makes me smile and reminds me not to give up." Brandi adds that she is working on a video which she will enter in the contest, and she will use Rosanna as a prop.

MaybeeBabeez will be popular holiday gifts, especially this year. They are packaged in colorful gift boxes designed to look like a theater stage and marquee. For anyone who has been bitten by the "I wanna-be-a-star" bug, they provide three gifts in one: First the whimsical soft- sculptured figure itself; two, the message, "hang in there, don't give up now;" three, the chance to win $500! These little characters would be appreciated by any friend, whether a first timer at Open Mic night, the country hopeful trying for the 10th time to the win Nashville Night at the club's karaoke night, or the Dance Mom and her daughter hoping for a future on Broadway.

About us: First Ideas has brought innovative concepts to the gift market since 1970. Best known products include the Coach Potato and Video Vegetables, WebHeads, KaBlooms, and Pump 'em Ups. A related division, Habicat Hideaways, was a pioneer in bringing decorative litterbox covers and other unique products for cats to the market. For additional background on First Ideas as well as for a look at this year's new line of book and plush toy sets including "Greenbeard, the Guinea Pig Pirate," "Ripley to the Rescue," "Gigi Gets the Giggles," and the "Get Well Friends," please go to http://www.firstideascorp.com.
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