Millions can play along at home as America’s most talented karaoke singers take the stage Friday, August 12 on “Karaoke Battle USA.” “Karaoke Battle USA’s” panel of all-star judges and show producers will select finalists from the best video submissions from aspiring amateur karaoke stars. Then viewers will pick a winning At-Home King and Queen online. Contestants should visit www.karaokebattleusa.com or the “Karaoke Battle USA” Facebook page and follow the directions to enter, starting at 9:00 a.m., ET on August 12. A karaoke version of either “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” or “Unchained Melody” will be available upon registration, and eligible contestants can upload a video of their solo performance using Facebook or YouTube.
“We are really rooting for the at-home karaoke singers to succeed, but they’re going to have to sing well to impress us!,” said show judge Carnie Wilson (“Bridesmaids” and Wilson Phillips). “We will be judging the at-home karaoke singers just as carefully as we judge the show contestants, with great attention to voice quality, interpretation and entertainment value.”
John R. Green, executive producer of “Karaoke Battle USA,” said: “We were so inspired by what we saw in karaoke bars across the nation, we wanted to give people at home a chance to channel their inner star for our judges from home.”
The winners receive a professional karaoke machine and $100 iTunes gift certificate.
Finalists for the At-Home Karaoke King and Queen will be chosen in advance of August 26, and their performances will be posted online for viewers to vote and ultimately pick a male and female winner to be announced in September. See the Official contest rules at Karaoke Battle USA for all the details. No purchase necessary.
“Karaoke Battle USA” shines the spotlight on the best karaoke singers across the country in six one-hour episodes, hosted by Joey Fatone (*NSYNC, “Dancing w/the Stars”) and premiering with a two-hour episode, Friday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. The series will air regularly Fridays from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET.
Host Joey Fatone and a judging panel including singer/songwriter and TV host Carnie Wilson (“Bridesmaids”), music journalist Joe Levy (Maxim, Rolling Stone) and 2009 National Karaoke Champion Brian Scott will travel to the regional competitions at House of Blues locales, semi-finals and finals, along with officials from the pre-eminent Karaoke World Championships USA organization, which crowns two U.S. champs each year. As part of “Karaoke Battle USA,” the best male and female performers at each regional competition will move on to the Los Angeles House of Blues, where they will square off for the titles of King and Queen of Karaoke. In addition to those bragging rights, winners will also receive a prize package that includes a recording released by Hollywood Records and a trip to compete at the Karaoke World Championships in Ireland later this year.
Lilly Diabetes today announced the launch of an innovative collaboration with Disney Online and Disney Publishing Worldwide that combines Lilly’s deep understanding of diabetes with some Disney magic to provide inspiration, education and practical advice to families with children who have type 1 diabetes. The companies have created a variety of resources for families, including a special online hub found on Disney Family.com and a series of custom books by Disney Publishing Worldwide for children of various ages and stages of life with diabetes.
Each year, more than 13,000 young people in the United States are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. For both the child and family, the challenges of living with diabetes can be daunting. Through the collaboration, the companies hope to provide an empowering message for families with children who have type 1 diabetes—changing the focus from what they can’t do to what they can do.
To help families add some magic to their everyday lives, a special online destination dedicated entirely to type 1 diabetes will live on Disney Family.com at www.family.com/type1. The site will contain articles, videos and advice from caregivers raising children with type 1 diabetes and will highlight ways for families to establish a new routine and let kids be kids. The site will feature important topics such as how to plan for vacations, sleepovers and extracurricular activities as well as tips on how to talk to friends, teachers and coaches about type 1 diabetes. Content will be refreshed monthly and contributors will include dietitians, psychologists, nurses and everyday families, making the hub a rich destination for parents and caregivers.
“Through this collaboration, we hope to provide suggestions to families on how to help them experience the fun and magic of everyday life,” said Brooke Chaffin, SVP, Disney Interactive Media Group.
Lilly Diabetes and Disney Publishing Worldwide will launch a collection of custom books for children of various ages and stages of life with diabetes. The books, which will be released over several years and made available through select doctors’ offices, focus on the many adventures of childhood with type 1 diabetes, such as returning to school after diagnosis, going to birthday parties and playing sports.
One such book is part of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse series, and features Coco—a charismatic and fun-loving monkey who has type 1 diabetes. Coco, along with Disney characters, helps readers understand that with planning, these families and children can still experience the fun and magic life has to offer.
“Lilly Diabetes is proud to join forces with such an iconic and loved brand as Disney to bring families affected by type 1 diabetes much-needed resources,” says Dana Hardin, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist and clinical research physician at Lilly. “Type 1 diabetes affects the entire family unit, not just the child. We’re excited to offer practical tools that address what families need after a diagnosis, which focus on living a healthy and active life.”
To commemorate the collaboration and spark a national dialogue about diabetes, Denise Jonas, mother of the multi-platinum album selling and Grammy nominated Jonas Brothers, announced today the launch of the Once Upon a Time Contest. Having personal experience with raising a diabetic child after her son Nick was diagnosed at the age of 13, Denise is looking forward to sharing her unique story of how the Jonas family adjusted their everyday lives upon being impacted by diabetes.
“When Nick was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, our family’s world was turned upside down,” says Denise. “Suddenly, caring for Nick was more than just making sure he was loved, happy and safe; making sure he was healthy, while still living a full and active life, became our top priority. Although the adjustment was challenging, it ultimately brought our family closer together.”
Now, Denise is encouraging parents and caregivers like her to enter the Once Upon a Time Contest by submitting an original written work, such as a poem, story or essay, inspired by their child’s experience with type 1 diabetes. The best entry, as determined by a panel of independent judges, will be featured on Disney Family.com’s type 1 diabetes website, www.family.com/type1, and the winning family will have the opportunity to attend the 2012 children with DIABETES conference, Friends for Life, in Orlando.
For more information on the Once Upon a Time Contest, please visit www.onceuponatimecontest.com. The contest begins today, July 14, and will remain open for entries through November 30, 2011. The winning family will be notified by January 30, 2012.
For more than 85 years, Lilly has been a worldwide leader in pioneering industry-leading solutions to support people living with and treating diabetes. Lilly introduced the world’s first commercial insulin in 1923, and remains at the forefront of medical and delivery device innovation to manage diabetes. Lilly is also committed to providing solutions beyond therapy?practical tools, education, and support programs to help overcome barriers to success along the diabetes journey. At Lilly, the journeys of each person living with or treating diabetes inspire ours. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
Leveraging the success of the hit dance-driven series “Shake It Up,” Disney Channel will launch its first-ever talent competition exclusively for kids and tweens, “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ edition,” where kids will help decide the winner. Beginning Friday, July 1, with the consent of a parent, kids will have the opportunity to show off their “mad dance skills” by uploading their own short dance video, up to 45 seconds long, for a chance to compete in the ultimate dance off to air on Disney Channel this October. The Grand Prize includes a performance in an episode of “Shake It Up.”
Currently, viewers can shake it up and break it down at DisneyChannel.com/DanceStudio where online dance videos by “Shake It Up” choreographer Rosero McCoy and his assistant, Claude Racine, teach kids and families signature “Shake It Up” dance moves. New videos will be posted each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Users can also sign up to receive a text alert when a new dance video is posted by texting the word “MOVES” to DISNEY (347639).
Production began this month on the second season of “Shake It Up,” a comedy that has delivered record ratings since its 2010 premiere, and ranks as TV’s No. 1 series among Kids 6-11 and Tweens. Jeff Strauss (“Reba,” “All of Us,” “Friends”) has joined Rob Lotterstein (“The War at Home,” “Ellen”) as an executive-producer. Chris Thompson (“Laverne & Shirley,” “Bosom Buddies”) is the series creator.
Teen stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya’s music video, “Watch Me,” makes its world premiere on Friday, June 17 on Disney Channel. Walt Disney Records will release the digital single on Tuesday, June 21 on iTunes, Amazon.com and other online retailers. The Shake It Up: Break It Down CD + DVD Combo Pack includes “Watch Me” and the show’s theme song, “Shake It Up,” by Selena Gomez. The DVD features five instructional dance videos taught by the show’s choreographer Rosero McCoy. The Shake It Up: Break It Down soundtrack and the Shake It Up: Break It Down CD + DVD Combo Pack will be available on Tuesday, July 12.
“Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ edition” schedule:
Friday, July 1 – Wednesday, August 3 – “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ edition” commences. Kids age 8-16, with the consent of a parent, are invited to go to DisneyChannel.com/MakeYourMark to create and submit a dance video, up to 30-seconds long, with a maximum of five dancers, showing off their choreographed or free style dance moves. Kids are also invited to “like” their favorite videos and the most popular will be featured weekly on Disney Channel and DisneyChannel.com.
Thursday, July 7 – A five-city talent search kicks-off for “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ edition” at the Americana at Brand in Los Angeles, California, with a special guest appearance by Disney Channel stars. Kids and tweens will have the opportunity to record their dance video onsite for online submission. Additional cities include: Chicago (July 9), San Francisco (July 16), Atlanta (July 23), and Detroit (July 30).
Beginning in August, six (6) finalists will be revealed on Disney Channel to face off in front of a group of celebrity judges during the “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ edition” to air on Disney Channel in October 2011. Judges will narrow the selection down to three (3) contestants and kids can vote for their favorite to win. The Grand Prize includes a “spotlight dance” performance in an episode of “Shake It Up.”
In the second season of “Shake It Up,” which will include new original songs, Rocky and CeCe dance in an aerial show, revisit how they first met, and need to convince Rocky’s dad that she can’t quit the show; Ty decides to follow his dream of trying to become a professional rapper; Flynn suspects his neighbor is an alien and is determined to prove it; Deuce finds a new job at Crusty’s pizza place; and Gunther and Tinka continue to exasperate their frenemies Rocky and CeCe. The series stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya as CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue, Davis Cleveland as Flynn Jones, Roshon Fegan as Ty Blue, Adam Irigoyen as Deuce Martinez, Kenton Duty as Gunther Hessenheffer and Caroline Sunshine as Tinka Hessenheffer. Recurring are R. Brandon Johnson as Gary Wilde and Anita Barone as Georgia Jones.
On Tuesday, May 31st, ABC Family will launch “Switched at Birth: Hunt for the Code,” an online scavenger hunt game, as part of the network’s launch of its new one-hour scripted original drama series “Switched at Birth,” premiering Monday, June 6th at 9:00PM ET/PT. To enter the game, viewers can log onto www.abcfamily.com/switchedatbirthgame.
“Switched at Birth” tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.
The game centers around the teenage character of Bay, a rebellious and talented street artist, who has been hiding the fact that she’s been painting her stencil art (image above) around the neighborhood. In the online game, players will hunt the internet for 10 of Bay’s signature pink Tags, each of which will have two letters written underneath it. Starting May 31st, the network will post two clues per weekday on abcfamily.com that hint to the sites where Bay’s stencil art can be found. On Monday, June 6th, the first eligible person to collect all 20 letters and enter the complete code on abcfamily.com wins the grand prize of $4,000 to switch their life for the weekend*.
Users can also scan the pink Microsoft Tags with a smart phone to access sneak peeks of “Switched at Birth,” including video, photos and script pages.
“Switched at Birth” is executive-produced by Lizzy Weiss (“Blue Crush”), Paul Stupin (“Make It or Break It”) and John Ziffren (“Melissa & Joey,” “Make It or Break It”). The series stars newcomer Katie LeClerc as Daphne Vasquez; Vanessa Marano (“Gilmore Girls”) as Bay Kennish; Constance Marie (“George Lopez”) as Regina Vasquez; D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”) as John Kennish; Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”) as Kathryn Kennish; Lucas Grabeel (“High School Musical”) as Toby Kennish; and newcomer Sean Berdy as Emmett.
Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer are teaming up once again to celebrate the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on May 7, 2011 with the ‘A Pirate’s Life For You’ Sweepstakes.
On Saturday, May 7 from 9 AM – 9 PM PT, Pirates’ fans can help celebrate the May 7 World Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland by connecting nationwide on Mobile, Twitter and SCVNGR to win a trove of treasure, including a Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera!
Pirates fans across the country have 3 ways to connect to the Disneyland World Premiere and win Pirates of the Caribbean Prize Packs including Hot Topic T-shirts, Xpand 3D Glasses, Pirates of the Caribbean Blu-ray™ Box Sets, Pirates Booty, a Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera and more!
WIN A GRAND PRIZE DISNEY CRUISE GIVEWAY
You could win a Mexican Riviera Cruise aboard the Disney Cruise Line plus gain access to exclusive Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides content. To enter, follow Producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Twitter (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) all day on May 7. Jerry Bruckheimer will tweet special instructions to how to enter the sweeps.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to legal residents of 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 years and older. Sweepstakes starts at 4:00 PM Pacific Time (PT) on 5/7/11 and ends at 11:59 PM (PT) on 5/8/11. For official rules go to http://www.facebook.com/piratesofthecaribbean
SCVNGR Hunt for the Fountain of Youth
Pirate fans in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco and Miami can participate in a local scavenger hunt in an attempt to win prize packs including including Hot Topic T-shirts, Xpand 3D Glasses, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Soundtracks, Pirates Booty and the Pirates movie poster.
To enter, download the free SCVNGR app for iPhone & Android at www.scvngr.com, tap ‘Treks’ and search for “Pirate’s Life.” Go to the places in the trek and do the challenges there to earn points.
All participants are automatically entered for a chance to win Sponsor selected prize packs. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to legal residents of Los Angeles; New York City; Chicago; Washington, DC; Boston; Dallas; Philadelphia; Seattle; San Francisco; Miami age 18 years and older. Sweepstakes starts May 7, 2011 9 a.m. EDT and ends May 7, 2011 when Participating Locations close for business. For official rules go to: For official rules go to http://www.facebook.com/piratesofthecaribbean
TWITTER PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAYS
Follow @DisneyPirates on Twitter between 9AM PT and 9PM PT on May 7 for your opportunity to win prize packs including Hot Topic T-Shirts, Skull decanters, Pirates of the Caribbean Blu-ray™ Box Sets, Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack Treasures Collection Box Sets and Pirates Booty!
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to legal residents of is open only to legal residents who are physically located in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (void in Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and all overseas military installations) who are at least 13 years of age or older at the time of entry. Sweepstakes starts May 7, 2011 6 p.m. PDT and ends May 7, 2011 9 p.m. PDT. For official rules go to: For official rules go to http://www.facebook.com/piratesofthecaribbean
Marvel’s ‘The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ Comic Creator Gives Kids Chance to Have Creation Appear in a Marvel Adventures Comic Book
Starting in May, kids are invited to show off their creativity in Marvel The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Comic Creator Contest. One grand prize winner will get their comic featured as an insert in an upcoming Marvel Adventures comic book and five finalists will win a fantastic Thor prize pack. To enter, kids can go to Disney.com/Create to design their own comic and then save and share it online for a chance to win.
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Comic Creator app on Disney.com/Create lets kids tell their own story by adding characters, backgrounds and dialogue to a series of comic book panels. Kids can also use a variety of unique drawing tools to create their own characters and scenes, just like a real comic book artist.
To help kids find their inner artist, two exclusive videos featuring Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada will be featured on the site. In the first video, Quesada offers insights into what it means to be creative, where his inspiration comes from, and his advice for young artists. The second video gives kids an over-the-shoulder view of Quesada drawing Marvel’s Thor character, in a time lapse video that showcases the artistic process.
The contest ends May 31, 2011 and official rules can be found here.
Beginning today, Disney Living, the official Facebook page of Disney Consumer Products, will kick off its month-long Mother’s May Sweepstakes to celebrate the special women in our lives. Every day in May, fans can enter to win Disney’s daily sweepstakes prizes including Disney Store gift cards, beautiful gift baskets, iPhone accessories, fashionable designer handbags and jewelry, and more. A total value of approximately $3,500 in prizes will be awarded throughout the month of May.
The sweepstakes will feature weekly themed product prizes for mom, the kids and the whole family and will conclude on May 31st with a grand prize of four passes to the Disneyland or Disney World theme parks, a value of approximately $550.
Entering is simple:
1. To enter, “Like” Disney Living’s page at www.Facebook.com/DisneyLiving
2. Fans can log-on to Disney Living’s Facebook page each day in May
3. Click on the “Mother’s May” tab to be directed to the daily sweepstakes entry form for a chance to win
4. Winners will be notified by email
5. Daily entries will be combined for a chance to win the grand prize
Mother’s May Sweepstakes entrants are limited to one entry per day. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and reside legally in the 50 United States, D.C. or Canada (excluding Quebec).
Courtesy of our friends at Walt Disney Studios, we have copies of the newest Disney Channel Original Movie, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, based on the popular High School Musical franchise, on Disney Blu-ray/DVD to give to two randomly selected Stitch Kingdom readers.
Just how fabulous do you have to be to make it big in the Big Apple? One aspiring diva is about to find out…the hard way! Ashley Tisdale shines in this totally captivating comedy. After a talent scout spots her performing with her dog Boi at a charity gala, Sharpay Evans (Tisdale) sets off for the bright lights of NYC, convinced instant fame and fortune are in the bag (designer, that is). But the theatre is a dog-eat-dog world, as she and Boi discover when they encounter the devious owner of a pampered Pooch named “Countess” and a scheming Broadway starlet who will do anything to crush the competition. Fortunately, Sharpay also meets Peyton (Austin Butler), a handsome student filmmaker who finds Sharpay nearly as fascinating as she finds herself.
Hilarious bonus features include bloopers of Ashley Tisdale and cast, special footage shot on-set by actor Austin Butler, and, exlcusive to the Blu-ray disc, ”The Evolution of the Sharpay,” a fun look back at the famous High School Musical character, Sharpay Evans.
Courtesy of our friends at Walt Disney Studios, this must-have edition of the popular franchise will be awarded to one Stitch Kingdom reader chosen at random.
In addition, the chosen winner will also receive a copy of the Jeff Bridges photo book, Making TRON: Legacy. This special soft-cover book was printed in Hong Kong and limited to an edition size of just 1,000 copies. It was never made available for retail sale, so this is a rare opportunity to win a copy of this exclusive book.
With full details to come, along with study aids, Disney D23 has announced the addition of the ‘Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament’ at the 2011 D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.
According to the announcement, ‘no corner of the magical empire will be left unexplored in this quest to find that uniquely talented individual who knows more about Disney than anyone else.’
The competition will begin on August 18, when the playing field will be whittled down to the select few that have risen to the challenge. The semi-final and final rounds will take place during the D23 Expo in the Arena, where all D23 Expo attendees will be invited to watch.
Until then, D23.com will post sample questions an provide links and suggested reading to assist those brave enough to test their skills against the Disney masses.