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McDonald's welcomes Chris Daughtry and Wayne Brady as celebrity hosts for "Voice of McDonald's" Global Singing Competition

McDonald's restaurants employees participate in global singing competition with opportunity to win $25,000

By MARKETWIRE
April 7, 2014

OAK BROOK, IL McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Chris Daughtry and entertainer Wayne Brady will share their talents with contestants in the fifth biennial "Voice of McDonald's" global singing competition, held as part of its global convention in Orlando, Fla later this month.

Sixteen global semi-finalists were selected from a field of nearly 58,000 restaurant employees representing 63 countries competing for the "Voice of McDonald's" title in Orlando and a $25,000 grand prize. Top music industry professionals selected the semi-finalists, who will receive a star-studded experience and benefit from expertise in vocal coaching and stage presence.

Additionally, fans around the world can vote for their favorite semi-finalist from April 7-28 at www.voiceofmcdonalds.com. The Fan Favorite winner will receive an additional $5,000.

"We're proud of the opportunities available to McDonald's employees, and this program adds a whole new layer of excitement," said Rich Floersch, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at McDonald's.

Chris Daughtry, lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band Daughtry, will serve as a mentor to the semi-finalists and judge the competition, along with David Foster, multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning music producer and composer; Ken Hertz, prominent entertainment attorney and brand marketing strategist; and Skylar Grey, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter.

As a multi-platinum recording artist Chris brings a unique perspective. "I know what a competition can mean to a developing artist's career," said Chris. "I couldn't be more excited to partner with McDonald's and mentor these contestants like I did during this season on American Idol."

Wayne Brady, Grammy-nominated vocalist and Emmy Award winner, will be the master of ceremonies for the semifinals on April 28 where the contestants will perform for thousands of McDonald's employees, Owner/Operators and suppliers. From there, four employees, one from each global region, will be selected to perform in the May 1 finals, where the winner will be announced.

"I got my start in show business by working as a crew member for a major brand, paying my dues and taking advantage of great opportunities," said Brady. "I can relate to these young people who are looking for their big break. What a cool chance McDonald's is giving them to showcase their talents and learn some early career tips that could help their musical dreams come true."

The Global Semi-Finalists Are:

Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Oneg Israel, Israel
Precious Mahlangu, South Africa
Rocky Rosabal, Philippines
Nicole Thornton, Australia

Europe
Victoria Frostad, Norway
Chloe Jones, United Kingdom
Patrick Reis, Switzerland
Sevil Velieva, Ukraine

Latin America
Jonathan Carreno, Argentina
Werbson Cunha de Sena, Brazil
Natalia Esparza, Mexico
Lucy Ospitia, Colombia

North America
Roosevelt Boles, Jr., USA
Ashlae Nelms, USA
Krystal Parker, USA
Vanessa Sears, Canada

The Voice of McDonald's grand prize winner will receive $25,000. The second prize winner receives $17,500, third prize winner receives $12,500, fourth prize winner receives $7,500, and all other contestants will win $3,000. All 16 semi-finalists will 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.

To learn more about the Voice of McDonald's finalists and to view live webcasts of the competitions on April 28 and May 1 visit www.aboutmcdonalds.com or www.voiceofmcdonalds.com. You also can join the conversation by following the competition on Facebook, Twitter (#voiceofmcdonalds), and Flickr.