Four Talented Employees Advance to Finals in "Voice of McDonald's" Singing Competition

Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:54pm EDT

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  ORLANDO, FL, Apr 23 (Marketwire) -- 
Tonight, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) Owner/Operators, employees and suppliers
from around the world witnessed powerful performances that rocked the
arena from 16 semi-finalists in the Voice of McDonald's singing
competition. Hosted by singer and actress KeKe Palmer, an audience of
thousands cheered on the contestants as they each sang a song in front of
a panel of judges from the music and entertainment industry, including
Latin Grammy-nominated singer and actor Diego Boneta. 

    Following tonight's competition, the four finalists are: 


--  Chrislyn Hamilton -- Brisbane, Australia
--  Dyscem Mueldener -- Munich, Germany
--  Lyam Soto -- Fajardo, Puerto Rico
--  Stephanie Savage -- Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

    

They will advance to the finals on Thursday to compete for the Voice
of McDonald's title -- an honor that yields a grand prize of $25,000. In
addition, the grand prize winner will lend their voice to an upcoming
DreamWorks Animation movie, work with a music-industry executive to
produce a record demo, appear in an upcoming McDonald's TV commercial in
their local market, and receive a VIP trip to the American Idol finale in
Los Angeles. The second prize winner receives $17,500, third prize winner
receives $15,000, fourth prize winner receives $12,500, and all other
contestants win $3,000. All finalists receive $500 for a celebration
party with co-workers at their restaurants and a $1,000 donation in their
names for their local Ronald McDonald House Charities or other children's
charity. 

    During Thursday's final round, the four contestants will be judged by
some of the biggest names in the entertainment, music and recording
industries, including: Grammy-Award winning singer Toni Braxton, veteran
music producers Ron Fair and David Foster, CEO of DreamWorks Animation
Jeffrey Katzenberg, and prominent entertainment attorney and brand
strategist Ken Hertz.

    "It was great to share the stage with such amazing singers tonight," said
Palmer. "There are some really talented employees that work at McDonald's
and they have bright futures ahead of them."

    "Judging this competition was extremely hard given the incredible
performances by the singers at McDonald's," said Boneta. "I can relate to
these kids because I was discovered at age 12 in a nationwide singing
competition in Mexico. It was great to be a part of Voice of McDonald's
and I look forward to seeing who will win."

    The Voice of McDonald's is a worldwide contest to discover, recognize and
reward the most talented singers among the approximately 1.8 million
restaurant employees in the McDonald's system. This fourth edition of the
competition started with an initial field of more than 20,000 entries,
included more than 70 country contests and 30 live performances before
the popular singing competition called on consumers in five markets and
top music industry professionals to narrow the field to 16 semi-finalist
contestants. 

    To learn more about the Voice of McDonald's finalists and to view a live
webcast of the final competition on Thursday, visit
www.aboutmcdonalds.com or www.voiceofmcdonalds.com. For downloadable web
and broadcast-quality video clips, visit
http://www.epklink.com/VOMSemifinals/. 

    About McDonald's
 McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice
retailer with more than 33,000 locations serving approximately 68 million
customers in 119 countries each day. More than 80 percent of McDonald's
restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and
women. To learn more about the company, please visit
www.aboutmcdonalds.com and follow us on Facebook
(http://www.facebook.com/mcdonaldscorp) and Twitter
(http://www.twitter.com/mcdonaldscorp). 

    
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Contact Information:

Becca Hary
McDonald's
Becca.hary@us.mcd.com 
cell: 847-373-1868

Lisa McComb
McDonald's
Lisa.mccomb@us.mcd.com
cell: 630-484-1158 

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