Intel® Video Superstars Competition Heats Up In Semi-Finals

The semi-final round of the Intel® Video “Superstars” Competition is underway, with only the top music videos, game trailers, and short films making the cut.  Who will go through to the final judging panel?  It’s up to you, movie buffs!  Judge now, and help decide who’ll win up to $5,000 in prizes, including an HD GoPro camera, Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite, and much more!  If only you had as much control over the Oscars.

Finalists Announced For The Second Annual Intel Superstars Competition

Let’s face it, folks”being a superstar isn’t easy. But, these lucky six finalists sure fooled us. Each one battled to the top of their respective channels in the 2nd annual Intel® Superstars Competition, and are walking away with one hell of a prize package including an Intel® Core i7â„¢ processor-based Orange OPC, Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite Software, a Yeti Pro from Blue Microphones and a Gibson USA Les Paul Studio 60s Tribute Darkback Electric Guitar! It’s practically an all-in-one home recording studio.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, they’re also in the running”along with the Top 20 artists from each of the six Superstars Channels”to win the $10,000 Grand Prize. Check out these rising superstars below!

Pop Finalist: Pullman Standard

Urban Finalist: Terri J-Songwriter

Latin Finalist: Gregory Telfort

Singer-Songwriter Finalist: Austin Renfroe

Rock Finalist: Specyphi

Country: Xolie Morra and The Strange Kind

**Xolie Morra and The Strange Kind won landslide victories in the Intel® “Superstars” Pop, Country and Singer-Songwriter channels, however due to the official rules the finalist prize was awarded to runner-ups in Pop and Singer-Songwriter.

Superstars Wanted For The Ultimate Prize From Intel

Fur coats and diamonds eh? You think you’re a superstar, that’s cool, we’re down with that sort of thing. So is Intel®. They’ve assembled a veritable super-group of sponsors including Cakewalk, Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphones, Orange OPC and yours truly to give you the superstar treatment you truly deserve. To lock it down, all you need to do is enter the 2nd annual Intel® Superstars Competition on OurStage by November 22nd.

We’ve got the bases covered with six genre-exclusive competition channels for singer-songwriters, pop divas, rock stars, country giants, rap moguls and músicos Latinos. If you’re track makes it to the Number 1 spot in your channel, you’ll win:

  • Intel® Core i7â„¢ processor-based Orange OPC
  • Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite Software
  • Yeti Pro from Blue Microphones
  • Gibson USA Les Paul Studio 60s Tribute Darkback guitar

Finish in the Top 20, and you’ll automatically be entered to compete in the finals round, where you could score $10,000! So, superstar, here’s your chance to prove your chops. Enter now.

Announcing The Grand Prize Winner Of The Intel Superstars Competition!

The Intel Superstars Competition kicked off in July, offering artists from around the country a chance to compete for laptops equipped with Intel® Coreâ„¢ processor technology and Cakewalk music creation software in genre-specific music channels including rock, pop, country, urban, singer-songwriter and Latin. The Top 20 artists in each of these channels earned a place in the Intel Superstars Finals Competition for a shot at winning $10,000!

Six months, 5,900 artists, 13,000 songs in 6 genres and over 220,000 votes later, a grand prize winner has been chosen by a panel of judges including Kristin Bredimus (, Bruce Tyler (former EVP Sony Music), Mike Rivet (Intel Corporation), Jimmy Landry  (Artist Relations/Cakewalk and former A&R, EMI and Capitol Records), Rev. MOOSE (VP of Content, CMJ Network) and Jason Jordan (VP, A&R  Hollywood Records).  Meet Sara Lindsay, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Lakewood, California. Sara entered her winning song into the Intel Superstars Pop Competition Channel and battled all the way to the top with her song Best of Me. It was that very song that caught the ears of the judges in the competition, landing her the $10,000 grand prize and a special performance slot at the Intel booth at the CES conference in Las Vegas. Join us in congratulating Sara Lindsay on her win! Stay tuned to the OurStage blog for our interview with Sara in the coming weeks. To check out the full list of laptop winners from the first round of the competition click HERE and HERE.

Superstars Winners Walk Away With Laptops And Cakewalk Software

The Intel Superstars Competition gave artists nationwide the opportunity to compete for prize packages that included laptops powered by Intel® Coreâ„¢ processor technology, music creation software and equipment from Cakewalk. The top finalists in each of the Superstars channels”which included rock, pop, singer-songwriter, urban, Latin and country”recently received their prize packages, and we caught up with them to hear about the experience. The competition clearly helped each artist in different ways. For some, the prize helped form a foundation for building a home studio or added on to an existing setup, and for others it offered the opportunity to get their music out to a broader audience. Winning artists Anthony Rankin, ARENBE and Nick Drum of Brave Chandeliers weigh in on their experiences below.

Anthony Rankin discovered OurStage and the Intel Superstars Competition via friend and fellow OurStage artist Brooke Annibale”who won an opening slot for HANSON in the Shout it Out with HANSON Competition on OurStage this past summer. He came in at the Number 4 spot in the Superstars Singer-Songwriter Competition with his song Quicksand.  Just the idea that fans and music listeners of all persuasions voted for this¦ It was humbling to think that people felt one of my songs was in the upper echelon of that many talented indie artists, recalls Rankin. I received the PC and software the day after Thanksgiving, and started using it within an hour to work on some new material. I’m writing all the time, and the new equipment seamlessly integrated into my home studio and mobile rig, giving me a more powerful machine to track demos and start work on a new album. Beyond the inspiring new laptop and software, OurStage has brought me mass exposure through their network of listeners; it’s hard to argue a farther reaching or more obvious positive result than that.

ARENBE, who placed third in the Superstars Urban Competition, found success in the form of more fans not to mention the ability to record their vocal tracks at home. We have never got around to purchasing equipment. We’ve been going to a couple studios in Houston locally working on various projects, but now we can record at home on our own time. We’ve been looking to build a home setup just for the convenience of recording vocals, and it feels great to have won the PC and software. Now we can work on mastering the engineering side of things. We really appreciate what OurStage is doing for artists looking to breakout in the industry. Just the opportunity to compete with other artists out there and come out in good standing lets us know we deserve to be here. It helps us continue to push in pursuing our dream.

Portland Alt-Pop Rockers Brave Chandeliers, who placed second in the Superstars Rock Channel, recalled the benefits of winning the prize”for their careers and themselves. “We have used the success in our promotional materials, demonstrating that we have commercial viability and it helped us get our music in front of new listeners by being rated that highly during the competition. It also gave us a big boost of self-esteem (added bonus for extra credit)!”

Click HERE and HERE to check out the rest of the winning artists in the Intel Superstars Competition. The winners also have some serious love to share with YOU the fans:

Brave Chandeliers: “We love OurStage! Thanks to the many many fans who took time out of there busy days to vote incessantly for us”.

ARENBE: “We would first like to thank OurStage and Intel for the opportunity. There are not many Web sites or companies offering cash and various other prizes just by entering your music; especially not nationally. We’d also like to thank all of the fans and other artists as well in their contribution in the judging process, and getting us in the position we were placed in. Thank you again!”

Anthony Rankin: “Thank you, thank you, thank you to my longtime supporters, but also to the people who found my music for the first time through this competition, as well as the staff at OurStage, not just for hosting the contest but for being kind and communicative throughout.  You seriously rock.”

Calling All Judges To The Intel Superstars Competition

Back in July,  the launch of the Intel Superstars Competition offered artists nationwide the chance to win some amazing prize packages including personal computers based on Intel® Coreâ„¢ technology and equipped with music producing software from Cakewalk, industry leaders of music creation and recording software. The competition initially took place across six genre-specific channels including Latin, urban, singer-songwriter, rock, pop and country. The Top 20 artists in each of these channels earned themselves a spot in the Intel Superstars Finals Competition for a shot at winning $10,000. The winner will be determined in January 2011 by a panel of music industry experts including Bruce Tyler, former EVP of Sony Music. These artists need YOU to judge in the Intel Superstars Finals Music Channel so the best artists can find their way to the top. So whether you’re are a fan of latin, urban, singer-songwriter, pop, rock or country, head to the Intel Superstars Finals Channel now. Your vote may give these artists the push they need to make it to the spotlight. For official rules and competition information click HERE.