Halloween, easily the most rock ‘n’ roll holiday on the calendar, is almost here, and we knew there were many of you who were game to trick and treat the Billboard.com audience by showing off your ability to channel a particular pop star better than anyone else by submitting a photo of yourself in costume. We received many many entries in our Halloween costume contest, and had ten great finalists, but three of them really raked in the votes. Congrats! Here are the winners:
It was Scott Clanin’s impressive Adam Lambert costume that got the most votes. He’ll be receiving the grand prize; an iPad.
Michael Vela, who dressed up as Michael Jackson, wins the runner-up prize: an iPod touch.
And for her fabulous Dolly Parton get-up, Jill Whitfield wins third prize: a $100 iTunes gift card.
OFFICIAL RULES OF THE Billboard.com Halloween Artist Costume Contest
Sponsor of the Billboard.com Halloween Pop Star Costume Contest is Billboard.com.
The Contest begins Monday, October 11, 2010 and ends Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 11:59 pm EST (the “Entry Period”).¨
WHO MAY ENTER
Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. Employees of Sponsor, its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and such employees’ immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize.
HOW TO ENTER
Entrants must visit the contest page on Billboard.com to fill out the contest entry form. This includes attaching 1 image of entrant (the “Photograph”) and indicating which musician/artist entrant looks like.
Each submitted Photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by or on behalf of the entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, covenants and warrants that the submitted Photograph is an original work created by or on behalf of entrant and owned solely by the entrant, that the Photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.¨
The Photograph must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.¨
If the Photograph includes other people or the work of other people, entrant must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear, or whose work appears, in the Photograph submitted, authorizing use of the Photograph as provided below in “Third Party Releases/Licenses.” If entrant is unable to provide all required releases, upon request by Sponsor and in the form provided by Sponsor, then the entry may be disqualified. Entrants do not need to send the releases with the entry. Sponsor will contact the entrant if releases are needed.
Online entries must be posted by the authorized holder of the social account submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to a social account by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad valued at $599. Runner up will receive an iPod Touch valued at $299. 3rd place winner will receive a $100 iTunes gift card. Alternate prizes may not be chosen by recipients. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein in the Contest administrator’s (the “Administrator”) sole discretion.
Administrator reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Prize recipients are responsible for all federal, state, local, and any other carrier-related taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use and activation charges of the prize including any initial set up or other fees. Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received during the Entry Period.
Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Contest constitutes winner’s and Finalists irrevocable consent to the use of winner’s and Finalists’ name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or biographical information including without limitation, hometown and state by Sponsor, its parent companies, affiliates, subisidiaries, licensees, agents or assignees for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.¨
Contest consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation. In Round One, a panel of Billboard.com editors (the “Judges”) will review all entries and select a group of entries to proceed to the final round (the “Finalists”) on the basis of creativity, style and/or similarity to the artist they said they look like. In Round Two, users of Billboard.com (“Users”) will vote on the Finalists’ entries selected by the Judges and posted on Billboard.com.
Round One of evaluation will take place Friday, October 22 , 2010- Sunday, October 24, 2010.
Round Two of evaluation will take place Monday, October, 25, 2010 – Thursday, October 28, 2010.
Winners will be announced Friday, October 29, 2010.
Decisions of the Users and Judges are final and binding.
If the Photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the Photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the Photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any persons appearing in any Photograph is a minor in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.
Some restrictions apply. Each prize is subject to availability. Costs and expenses related to participation in the Contest (including acceptance of prizes) are not included and are solely the prize winner’s responsibility, unless specifically provided herein.
By receipt of any prize, the recipient irrevocably agrees to defend, release and hold harmless Sponsor, its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each company’s officers, directors, employees and agents, including without limitation, the Administrator and Judges from and against any costs, expenses, damages, harm, claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of or in connection with, (i) preparation for, travel to, or participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity; (ii) delivery, possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of a prize; or (iii) publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or who attempt to interfere with the Contest in any way shall be disqualified.
THIRD PARTY RELEASES/LICENSES
Upon Sponsor’s request, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear, or whose copyrightable work or other intellectual property appears, in the photograph submitted, authorizing Sponsor, its parent companies, affiliates, licensees, subsidiaries and agents to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the Photograph in connection with the Billboard.com Halloween Pop Star Costume Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to: publication in Billboard magazines showcasing the winners; Billboard.com Halloween Pop Star Costume Contest gallery on Billboard.com; the Billboard.com Halloween Pop Star Costume Contest page on billboard.com; and in marketing, exhibits and promotions related to the Billboard.com Halloween Pop Star Costume Contest.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By participating, entrants release, discharge, indemnify, defend and hold harmless Sponsors and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, damages and costs (including, without limitation, reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance, use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.
Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.
This contest is void where prohibited. This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Sponsors are not responsible for late, lost, stolen, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, misdirected, or postage-due mail. Entries void if Sponsors determine the entry to not be an original work created or on behalf of entrant and owned solely by entrant, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.
Entrants shall (a) be bound by these Official Rules; (b) accept that the decisions of the Judges and Users are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins, consent that Sponsor, its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees and agents may use each winner’s and Finalists’ name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.
RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. Additionally, Sponsor may elect to terminate the Contest if an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by the Sponsor and the Judges in their sole discretion. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return any entry fees.
Know the Rules Before You Enter
Review the official rules before you enter, and only submit images that are eligible for judging. Images are subject to disqualification if they do not meet the terms outlined above. Click here if you are ready to submit to the Halloween Pop Star Costume Contest.