PRESS STATEMENT FROM AVON:
Avon Products, Inc. announced the names of the 10 Finalists from nine countries who will be advancing to the final round of Avon Voices, the company's first-ever global online singing talent search.
From 6,000 entrants, Philippine representative Joy Loria was chosen to be part of the 10 talented women who started their Avon Voices journey in December 2010 by simply submitting a 30-second performance video.
Since that time, she along with the 9 other finalists have advanced through three rounds of voting, with 2.4 million votes cast from around the world. As part of this journey, they have travelled on two unforgettable trips on behalf of Avon Voices, the most recent in July when they ventured to Hollywood, California to record their final performance videos.
"I really got thrilled upon knowing that I qualified to the final competition! It is such a privilege to be part of this global singing talent search with all the trainings, travel and new people I've met," shared Joy. "Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa Diyos sa biyayang ito and, of course, to Avon for the wonderful opportunity for me to share the talent God has given me."
Ultimately, two winners will be announced in November, when the Finalists travel to New York City for the Avon Voices Finale and the Avon Foundation for Women Gala. While in New York City, the Final 10 will perform live in front of the Avon Voices celebrity judges and an invited global audience at the world famous Hard Rock Café in Times Square.
Other highlights of their trip will include recording the Avon Voices anthem written by music industry legend Diane Warren, and performing at the highly-anticipated Avon Foundation for Women Gala, where the two Avon Voices winners will be announced.
Both the Avon Voices Finale and the Avon Foundation for Women Gala will be Livestreamed on AvonVoices.com on November 1 and November 2, respectively.
"Watching these amazingly talented women reach for their dreams over the past 10 months has been a tremendous source of inspiration for our 40,000 Avon Associates and 6.5 million Avon Representatives around the world," said Joe Billone, Vice President, Global Representative Branding & Communications, Avon Products, Inc. "We are so proud of the 10 Finalists who truly embody women's empowerment and while there will only be two official winners of the talent search, all of our global Contenders have felt as though they've already won, having been on this once-in-a-lifetime journey with Avon Voices."
Also announced today are the winning songs selected for the Avon Voices songwriting competition for men and women which drew in 2,000+ entries from more than 50 countries. All winning songwriters will have their song professionally critiqued by David Pack, Grammy Award winning record producer. Two Grand Prize winners will be selected and will join the Avon Voices Finalists in New York for the Avon Foundation for Women Gala and may be offered a music publishing contract.
The two Avon Voices talent search winners will be selected by a combination of online public voting and a renowned judging panel of music industry leaders from around the world, including: Fergie, six-time Grammy award winner; Diane Warren, legendary songwriter; Natasha Bedingfield, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter; Lea Salonga, Filipina singer and actress; Valeriya, Russian sensation; Delta Goodrem, Australian Artist of the Decade; Sheila E., breakthrough, Grammy-nominated female percussionist; David Pack, Grammy award-winning singer/composer and music producer; Ivete Sangalo, Brazil's biggest pop star; Maia, Colombian singing star; and Diego Torres, Grammy nominated singer/composer.
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