Verizon Customers Offered Chance to Be 'Star of the Day'

"Star of the day, who will it be?"  If you are a Verizon customer, it could be you.

Verizon customers who grew up in New England may remember that catchy phrase as the theme song of the popular TV show "Community Auditions."  Now they can enter a contest for a chance to be on the show.

Community Auditions, which originated in Boston in 1950, is New England's longest-running TV show and a forerunner of today's wildly popular national TV talent shows.

To enter the contest, Verizon customers must submit an audio or video clip of their singing or on-air talents by Nov. 14 at the Community Auditions website (www.communityauditions.com).  Six winners will be announced on the website on Nov. 19. Three of the winners will be among the singing contestants on the talent show, while the other three will perform on-air duties, either as a co-host or backstage interviewer.

The show will be taped on Dec. 5 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.  The six winners will be VIP guests of the show and treated to a stay at the resort for the weekend.  In addition, Verizon will make a donation to the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in the name of each winner.

Eligible contestants must be Verizon FiOS, High Speed Internet or landline voice customers in Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

"This unique contest will showcase the unique talents of our customers," said Bob Driscoll, Verizon's vice president of sales for the Northeast region, who will co-host the Dec. 5 show.  "FiOS is The Star at Verizon, and this is a chance for our customers to be The Star on Community Auditions."

Chuck Armstrong, president of Armstrong Interactive Inc., producer of Community Auditions, said: "We are delighted to have Verizon and its customers participate in our beloved show.  We have a very special relationship with Verizon, and this is just one example of the kinds of unique promotions that we can develop together."

Verizon FiOS TV customers have free video-on-demand access to Community Auditions programming, including the most recent episodes as well as those from prior years.  Those vintage shows include performances from contestants who have gone on to become celebrities, including comedian Sarah Silverman, who hails from New Hampshire, and actor Scott Grimes of the TV show "ER," who grew up in Dracut, Mass.

For the latest news, updates and information about FiOS TV, visit www.verizon.com/newscenter  and http://www.verizon.com/athomeblog.

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