Congrats to the winners of our Black Eyed Peas tickets contest. Nearly 40 of you called in and, at our command, sang BEP songs to us. (And we thought we could NEVER get enough Boom Boom Pow, but we might've finally reached our threshold; it was the most sung song in our contest.)
Judging was quite a challenge -- there were lots of fine singers, rappers and Fergie wannabes out there in our voicemail cosmos. But in the end, we judged on style, energy, humor and originality.
And we did not entirely discount those who were blatantly sucking up to us.
You can check out the winners' snippets by clicking on the audio link above this story.
And now, the winners:
Kerry McEachern of North Arlington. Actually, her 3 1/2-year-old daughter Skylar did the singing -- one of several cute tots we heard. Skylar serenaded us with I Gotta Feeling.
Danya Bennett of Fort Worth. Meet Me Halfway, sucked up to us with a DFW.com-themed version of the song.
Michael Brown of Fort Worth. Dude had swagga, and he kicked quickly into an assured version of Boom Boom Pow.
Maria Bruce of Arlington. She laughed her head off all the way through My Humps, as if she couldn't quite believe she was doing such a thing. We loved that she went for it.
Kelvin Sanchez of Fort Worth. Kelvin called in three different times, trying to get I Gotta Feeling just right. We gotta feeling he might not make to American Idol's Top 12, but he charmed us with his persistence.
Amanda Villa of Haltom City. Her Boom Boom Pow had great energy, and a quick rap style.
Stephanie Bangs of Fort Worth. With her bad-ass little hip-hopping I Gotta Feeling, we wouldn't be surprised to see this extrovert on American Idol one day.