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'SCV Rock Star' contest resets voting to ensure fair results

Online voting extended to Sept. 7

Posted: August 26, 2008 4:24 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Because some of the artists and bands entered in the's online "SCV Rock Star" contest and/or their fans have attempted to increase their votes by creating automated scripts that generate bogus email adresses to register and vote, contest organizers have been forced to make a rules change in order to keep the contest fair.

First, all voting numbers will be reset to zero at noon Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Second, new safeguards have been added to the SCV Rock Star contest software to filter and eliminate bogus email addresses.

Third, there will be a limit of five votes per day per each unique, registered and legitimate email address.

Fourth, the deadline for voting has been extended to midnight Sunday, Sept. 7. That will allow 11 1/2 days to re-cast legitimate votes.

"It's unfortunate that some of the SCV Rock Star candidates have exploited a flaw in the contest software, which its developer, U-Pick-Em, has now fixed," said Stephen K. Peeples, online editor of and contest producer.

"Because it's impossible to verify the legitimacy of the votes received so far, we are re-setting the vote numbers across the board so the playing field is returned to level for all entrants, as it was at the start," he said.

"It would be morally wrong to let the contest continue to be skewed, and to award prizes to ‘winners' who took advantage of this flaw," he added. "If I were in a band that played it straight and got very few votes while others got tons of votes because they didn't play it straight, I would be extremely bent out of shape."

"We will not reward cheaters," said Jay Harn, Signal publisher.

"We invite the artists and bands and their fans to vote again, using legitimate email addresses, and have extended the period to do so." Peeples said. "We apologize for the inconvenience."

The official rules state that The Signal has the right to change the rules at any time, Peeples noted, "and we're doing that now to ensure the results are legitimate and credible."

Twenty-one artists and groups registered for the contest and are vying for the "SCV Rock Star" title and valuable prize packages.

Once the new votes are tallied Sept. 8, the top three finalists in the contest's two categories, Professional and Amateur, will be invited to perform live at the "SCV Rock Star Night" contest finale Friday, Sept. 19 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

At the concert, to be produced by Higher Level Productions, a panel of expert judges will see and hear the finalists perform, and the judges' scores will be added to the online votes for a final tally that will determine the first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. A Best Video winner will also be named from among the entries.

The judges are Joe Elliott of Musicians Institute; Adam Philipson of the Santa Clarita Performing Artst Center at College of the Canyons, Thea Stern of the Stern Talent Agency, and Brian Vasquez of KROQ-FM/Los Angeles.

Top SCV Rock Star contest prizes include time at Command Recording Studios, time at Hubbadaddy's rehearsal studios, a new performance-based music video produced by Artistry Cinematics, a professional photo session from Paige Photography, a separate headlining concert produced by Higher Level, and coverage in The Signal newspaper and on

Finalists may also be included in "Rockstar Reality," a new documentary about the SCV music scene now being produced by Lisa Lane and Lisa Lujano of La Lu Productions, who will shoot the SCV Rock Star Night event for their video.

SCV Rock Star contest sponsors include Mission View Public School, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, Robek's Juice of North Park Village and Lowe's Music of Newhall.


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