Announces the Winner of its Inaugural Online Singing Contest

Share Article announces the winner of its inaugural contest, Cathy Griffin of Highlands Ranch, CO. After an intense battle and a winning vote margin in the double digits, from hundreds of thousands of votes cast Ms. Griffin emerges victorious.

I couldn't have asked for a better finish. Both girls were fantastic.

TheNetStar ( an internet company positions itself as the GREAT NEW Singing contest. While similar to American Idol, this contest, unlike "Idol", relies solely on the peoples' vote. The NetStar ( announced today the winner of its premier competition in the Pop/Rock genre.

After an incredibly close competition with hundreds of thousands of votes coming in from over 134 countries worldwide TheNetStar winner by a very close margin is Cathy Griffin of Highlands Ranch, CO.

After two months of jockeying back and forth for the top spot, Cathy Griffin narrowly edged out Elaine Carol Wright to win Session 1 of the's ( 2009 Pop/Rock international competition.

The inaugural competition hit a fevered pitch during the final two days as both vocalists attempted desperately to pull away from the other. On Monday evening Cathy held a 98 vote advantage that was all but dissolved as the race entered its final day Tuesday morning when Elaine pulled to within 3 votes. By midday, the two singers were leapfrogging wildly for the top spot, literally changing positions every few moments. Each time Cathy would surge and create distance, votes for Elaine would bring her right back into striking distance. It was anyone's race right up to the voting deadline at midnight EST when the final count tipped to Cathy.

"I feel awesome and relieved. Right there at the end, it felt like I was running in the last mile of a marathon with Elaine on my heels," Cathy said after being informed she had won. "At one point the voting got so intense, I thought I was going to be ill."

"The last few hours were amazing," remarked TheNetStar ( GM Michael Badagliacco. "I couldn't have asked for a better finish. Both girls were fantastic."

At final tally, the premiere of amassed over 200,000 votes cast from 134 countries.

Cathy receives a recording and distribution contract. An internationally acclaimed producer, Grammy Award winning players and engineers will provide all the support for Cathy's EP.

Contestants compete for a recording and distribution contract provided by TheNetStar ( as well as other prizes.

Contestants submit a nominal administrative fee of $19.95 (US Dollars) to enter the competition. Current genres include Pop/Rock of which Cathy won the inaugural competition, R&B, Gospel, Country and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM).

A new competition starts every month and each runs for 90 days. Anyone with singing talent can compete to become the next "NetStar." Entrants simply upload their song in video (flv) or audio (mp3) format for the world to vote on.

The winner is selected solely by a vote and through several rounds of elimination by the worldwide audience. Voting is free.

As Shakespeare so aptly put it, "The world is but a stage." Maybe he had some rare insight into today's internet world.

Anyone with singing talent can compete in the competitions. Persons interested in competing can register at

Media interested in covering the ongoing battle of the new stars can contact Michael J. Badagliacco.

Michael J Badagliacco, Gen Mgr

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