Super Star 8 in Hollywood Phase Quarter-Finals of Make A Star's $10,000 Contest

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The first Web-to-TV music and talent competition returns to national TV Saturday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT as a syndicated program on FUSE. Fans around the world can vote in each match for free on MakeAStar.com.

Contest and talent website MakeAStar.com unveiled the bracket of 29 bands and solo artists competing in the Hollywood Phase finals of the $10,000 Original Music Contest last week. After the first round of voting wrapped up Sunday afternoon, that field was cut to just 8 quarter finalists.

While first round matches featured up to four contestants battling for one quarter-final spot, from here on out it is all one-on-one competition, and all four matches in the quarter-final round sport intriguing battles of contrasting musical styles, personality and geography.

Match 1 is an east vs. west coast rumble, as Brooklyn's Contramano face off against young Los Angeles punks Orange.

Match 2 sees Warminster, Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Jayy Mannon and Baltimore, Maryland rockers Fools & Horses, both of whom cruised past their first round competition, stage an epic battle for survival.

Match 3 is another coastal collision, as Livermore, California's Zen Vendetta pit their east bay classic rock refinement up against the youthful energy of It's Not Over out of Staten Island, New York.

Match 4 showcases a pair of young male vocalists - Cameron Ernst, a native of Andover, Kansas now studying at USC in Los Angeles, and Hoboken, New Jersey native Jack Zerby. Will Cameron's polished pop skills get past Zerby's soulful a cappella talent? It promises to be close in all four matches, and voting ends Sunday, February 22nd at 1:00PM pacific time.

Enjoy all the songs and cast your votes here : MakeAStar.com

Votes from fans count for 50% of the total score for each match, so artists are encouraged to spread the word and get their fans out to show support, because a few votes can sometimes make a big difference. But while online popularity is half the battle, the other half rests in the taste-making abilities of Make A Star's panel of judges, who score each of the quarter-finalists on a 1-10 scale of their originality and overall performance. Make A Star's judges are looking for original artists with great songwriting abilities, skilled musicianship and the raw talent and presence that separates certain acts from the rest. The panel is headed by Russ Regan, a music industry figure with a decorated history dating all the way back to the early 60s at Motown records.

Awarded the 1974 "Record Executive of the Year" title by the National Association of Record Merchandisers, Regan's many other claims to fame include launching Elton John's first U.S. publicity campaign in 1970, which helped turn the English singer into a stadium-sized superstar in America, and convincing Brian Wilson to change his young band's name from The Pendletones to The Beach Boys. Neil Diamond, Barry White, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and Olivia Newton-John are just a few other names whom Regan helped break into platinum popularity. Joining Regan on Make A Star's esteemed panel are Bill Pfordresher and Keely Hawkes, who have decorated biographies in their own right.

Meet all of Make A Star's judges here: Make A Star judge catalog

The Saturday February 21st episode of Make A Star on Fuse will recap the first round of Hollywood Phase action, including a number of exclusive interview clips with the 29 Hollywood Phase artists. Make A Star will conclude a 13 episode run as a syndicated program on Fuse on March 14th when the $10,000 Original Music winner is revealed for the first time.

About Make A Star:
'Make A Star' is a division of Contest Factory, which has been developing integrated product promotion, market research and game applications in the form of online contests for businesses, interactive television and wireless devices since 2001.

MakeAStar.com was first launched in 2001 as the first online music competition platform using a bracketed tournament format. The Make A Star TV show, which is created and produced by Equal Chance Productions, is a new music talent show and the first-ever Web-to-TV program. The show's debut air date was December 6, 2008 as a syndicated program on FUSE. It is created, developed and produced by Equal Chance Productions in association with Contest Factory.

Dubbed the 'equal chance show,' Make A Star is dramatically different from other reality contestant shows, like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Using a patented online contest process, Make A Star allows potential pop idols from around the nation to participate simply by uploading a video performance directly to MakeAStar.com instead of traveling to far away cities to audition.

Web site: MakeAStar.com

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