Back in the day, if you entered a contest to win tickets to see your favorite singer — Frank Sinatra, say, or Paul Anka or Bobby Sherman — you sent in a dozen postcards, crossed your fingers, and hoped for the best.
Of course, you never won.
Today Michael Jackson and Rick Springfield have been replaced by Justin Bieber. And if you want to win a nationwide contest to see Usher (and the world’s) favorite 16-year-old Canadian — or at least his new movie — you have to make a video that everyone and her sister votes on.
Alexa Davis, Kendall Rochlin, Emma Boland, Colby Kranz and Olivia Lev have done just that.
The 8th graders want to win tickets to the premiere of “Never Say Never,” which apparently will be to 2011 what “A Hard Day’s Night” was to 1964. According to Alexa’s mother Lee, the girls are in 1st place, neck and neck with a bunch of Floridians.
What’s as impressive as their chance to actually win, Lee says, is the video the 13-year-olds created. With quick cuts, fast forwards and a clever cardboard cutout of Justin himself, it’s as professional as any music video I’ve seen. (Not that I watch a lot of them.) (Or listen to pop music).
When Lee asked Alexa — who goes to Coleytown Middle School — where she learned to edit video, her daughter said, “We just figured it out. And, oh yeah, we also learned to do this in school.”
If they win the contest, the girls promise to give some of their tickets to the Boys and Girls Club. The most clicks win — so click here, play the video, then pass the link on.
What else are you going to do on a snowy day? Listen to Justin Bieber tunes?