What is the Voice of McDonald’s® (VOM)?
It’s McDonald’s worldwide employee singing contest, showcasing the talents of our restaurant employees. Over the course of five Voice of McDonald’s competitions, nearly 100,000 Crew and Managers have been inspired to enter and shine a spotlight on their talents. Through the international language of music, VOM demonstrates the kind of opportunities McDonald’s provides for our restaurant employees.
WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR?
In 2013, more than 58,000 McDonald’s restaurant employees from around the world entered by submitting videos to local VOM contests in more than 63 countries. There were 30 live events and 5 online competitions, in which more than a million visitors to www.voiceofmcdonalds.com rated professionally-recorded videos of top contestants. 16 Global Semi-Finalists were selected (four each from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific/Middle East/Africa). They are from 14 countries and range in age from 16 to 42 years old. All 16 will compete in the Global Competition at McDonald's 2014 Worldwide Convention in Orlando, Florida, USA, from April 28 – May 1, 2014 for exciting prizes that include a Grand Prize of $25,000.
Will there be another opportunity to vote online?
Yes – in the Global Fan Favorite Competition -- a fun online voting contest open to anyone, anywhere in the world, to vote for your favorite singer here on this website. Fan Favorite voting will begin in late March and run until the end of April (dates to be announced). The winner will receive $5,000, in addition to his or her other winnings from the Global Competition.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN ORLANDO?
In the preliminary competition on Monday, April 28, all 16 contestants will perform for a panel of music industry experts. The four receiving the highest scores (one from each of McDonald’s four Areas of the World) will be selected to compete for the Grand Prize on Thursday, May 1 as part of the Final Night entertainment.
CAN I Watch the global competition in orlando?
Yes. Both the Preliminary Round (Monday, April 28 at 5:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) and the Final Round (Thursday, May 1, time to be announced) can be seen via streaming webcast, live from Orlando, Florida. Details will be available on this website.
Each Global Semi-Finalist has already won a paid trip (with a guest) to Orlando to compete for top honors: First Prize: US$25,000, Second Prize: $17,500, Third Prize: $12,500, Fourth Prize: $7,500, Other Global Semi-Finalists will receive $3,000. Additional prizes will be announced on this website. In addition, they will each win $500 for their restaurant, and a contribution of $1000 will be made in their name to Ronald McDonald House Charities® or another children’s charity.
What has happened for past Voice of McDonald’s Global Finalists?
VOM has played a key role in a number of musical careers. In Orlando, Global Semi-Finalists train with some of the world’s best professional music coaches, perform for audiences of thousands, and have opportunities to make connections with top music industry executives, producers and performers. Some have recorded CD’s and sing in venues around the world, including numerous McDonald’s events. Last year’s winner, Australia’s Chrislyn Hamilton, performed with David Foster, Seal, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban & Reuben Studdard, recorded a song with LA music producer Ron Fair and a voice part in a DreamWorks animated movie. Zac Taylor, a 2012 Global Semi-Finalist, is now a member of Titanium, New Zealand’s #1 Boy Band, and calls his experience in Voice of McDonald’s “life-changing.”