IMPORTANT UPDATE:

The voting on this public opinion poll was compromised severely, blatantly and verifiably. I have discontinued this portion of the competition. The contestants have been notified that the winners of the “Only Love” Vocal Competition will be chosen based on the judges’ markings (already rendered) as well as any input Sally might have. Those results will, as stated below, be available by the end of this month. The public opinion portion of the competition will not be used in the final tally, and–for anybody playing along at home–was not in any way an accurate reflection of ability or like-ability of the contestants.

Needless to say, I’m pretty disappointed. And, frankly, offended. For me, and for the participants in this contest. I apologize to anyone else who is disappointed, or who feels that someone they love and support was poorly represented in this part of the contest.

I was probably naive to assume that a public opinion poll about a song of this nature could be approached with integrity and honesty.

Lesson learned.

(PS–thanks to so many people that came, listened, and voted in a genuine way. It is much appreciated.)

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So, remember last year when Sally DeFord visited my blog and encountered this video of me singing Trololo, which somehow led to her deciding to write a song with me, and then it turned into a competition where people submitted their own versions of the song, and it was really, really awesome?

Well, I have the finalists, and it’s time to vote on the version of the song you like best. (Voting will take place on the sidebar to your right, below the ad and above the “followers” box.)

These finalists were chosen by a panel of judges who have extensive musical training. I’m proud of all of these finalists and their work and talent.

Online voting can be an interesting thing. While I don’t want this to become a “who has more friends on Facebook” contest, there’s really not much one can do to prevent people from trying to drive random people they know to get to a page, not listen to the entries, and just vote for the person that sent them.

I hope that if you are here as prompted by someone’s (understandable) self-publicity, you will take the time to listen to at least 20 seconds of each entry and truly vote for the one that sounds best to you. These guys really poured their hearts into this, and each person deserves a running chance.

The online voting will only be one component of the final tally, and the winner, first and second runner up will be determined based on various factors. Online voting will close at midnight on Sunday, January 19th. Winners will be announced by January 31st.

Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order by first name. Again, please listen to at least 20 seconds of each entry (which will take two minutes) before making a choice. Also remember that the name of the person singing is above the embedded video, not below.

All right. Go for it. (Remember voting takes place to your right on the side-bar, below the ad and above the “followers” box):

Amiee Erickson

Andrea Reynolds

Cecily Jorgensen

Franchesca Retford

Joshua Watson

Robyn Paskett