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New talent site offers unknowns big break

December 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Its creators call it a cross between "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars," except the venue is the Internet, and the contestants come from all countries all around the world. The Web site called iCHOOZ.tv promises to give talented unknowns their big break.Hollywood can be a tough town to crack. It's something Christina Garcia knows all too well.

After a discouraging introduction to the entertainment industry, the aspiring actress and singer didn't give up. Instead, she brainstormed a way to give everyone a better chance at making it big.

The 26-year-old Garcia is the founder of iCHOOZ.tv, a Web site that is something of an international talent show. Entertainers around the world can upload their homemade videos, and the public votes on their performance via text messages.

Based on a performer's popularity, they move up through monthly competitions. Ultimately the finalists will compete for a recording contract or a management deal.

All the while, the contestants are getting sage advice from industry veterans like music producer Bob Robinson.

And for the Philippine-born immigrant-turned-Internet mogul Garcia, iCHOOZ is only the start of what she's hoping will be a virtual television and recording studio.


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