Anderson Cooper’s (@AndersonCooper) Two-Millionth Twitter Follower NYC Trip Giveaway

Anderson Cooper is about to hit a big milestone on Twitter — his 2 millionth follower!

To celebrate, the “Anderson” team is giving one of Anderson’s (@AndersonCooper) Twitter followers a trip to New York to see the show, plus, an opportunity to make an appearance on “Anderson.”

Are you following Anderson on Twitter? One lucky Anderson follower will receive…

  • Round-trip airfare to New York City from your hometown
  • Hotel accommodations during the stay in New York City
  • A ticket to a live taping of the show
  • Plus, an appearance on the show!

How to Participate:
If you’re not following him already, join Twitter and follow Anderson — it’s as simple at that! Help him reach his two-millionth follower! You could be on your way to NYC very soon.

Complete Rules for the giveaway:

The Anderson Team is giving away a trip to New York City to appear on the Anderson show to a lucky Anderson Twitter follower once Anderson gets his 2,000,000th Twitter follower! The selected Anderson follower will receive round trip airfare to New York City from his/her hometown, hotel accommodations during the stay in New York City, fifty dollars ($50) per diem and a ticket to a live taping of the Anderson show (collectively the “NYC Trip Giveaway”).

You don’t have to buy anything to win. But you must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the 50 United States or Canada (except Quebec, sorry) to participate. If you’re Canadian, you may need to answer an additional question testing your skills. You’re also not eligible if you’re an employee of, or immediately related to an employee of, ANE Productions, Inc., Time Warner Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., and/or any of their parent or subsidiary companies.

So how do you enter? It’s easy. Follow @AndersonCooper on Twitter.com. Anderson is projected to reach its 2,000,000th Twitter follower this January 2012. The giveaway begins at 7:45 a.m. Eastern Time on January 10, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on January 31, 2012.

The Anderson Team will select one (1) of Anderson’s followers to receive the NYC Trip Giveaway beginning February 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM PST. Selection of the winner will be in the Anderson Team’s sole discretion. Once selected, we’ll contact you via your profile to get your phone number, but if we don’t hear back within 48 hours, you forfeit your prize and we pick another Anderson follower.

Oh, and by participating in our giveaway, you’re consenting to our use of your information (e.g., name, profile, photo) to announce you as a winner. If you submit photos or other materials, you are allowing us to use them, forever, on our website, our TV or anywhere else. So please don’t send us anything you don’t own or control!

Follow @AndersonCooper on a daily basis on Twitter for the announcement of the winner. If you’re wondering, go to AndersonCooper.com and check out the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, which apply to this giveaway.

Finally, the legalese: Sweepstakes is void where prohibited. All prizes are delivered “as-is” and “with all faults.” By entering, you release, indemnify and hold harmless ANE Productions, Inc., Time Warner Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., and/or any of their parent or subsidiary companies from and against any and all claims. We are not responsible for human or mechanical errors that tamper or delay your entry in the sweepstakes, nor for force majeure events that interrupt or cancel this Sweepstakes. Governing law and jurisdiction is the state of California.

Good luck!!

American Idol Finalist Didi Benami duets with Keaton Simons on new song “If I Hadn’t Forgotten” (Review)

Keaton Simons’ new single entitled “If I Hadn’t Forgotten” features American Idol Season 9 finalist Didi Benami. It is now available to the public via iTunes and Amazon as a digital download.

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Keaton Simons is a thirty-something, multi-talented singer songwriter, and musician who has albums and EPs attached to his credential along with a degree in Ethnomusicology.

His musicality is always spot on and his voice soulful and bluesy. This was clear on the song “If I Hadn’t Forgotten” originally released as a solo single.

The song itself on first listen renders a feeling that you might have heard it before from somewhere. In its simplicity and timelessness, it could very well be placed in a movie soundtrack or perhaps a TV show.

And placed it was! ABC’s hit medical drama series “Private Practice” picked it up and put the song front and center on its November 3rd episode (EP506) entitled “If I Hadn’t Forgotten.” Not only is the episode the same as the track title, the main character Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) sings a few lines of the song!

“If I Hadn’t Forgotten” took another turn this week with a special release of a duet version. Lending the other half of this now two-tone harmony is the wistful, pulsing voice of Didi Benami.

Simons and Benami are long time friends and Didi has appeared in a number of Keaton Simons shows in Los Angeles.

While the tune could be carried fine on its own solo, we could see why Benami’s voice is the missing piece needed to perfect this song. Says producer and owner of Revolver Recordings (where the song was mixed and recorded), Mikal Blue:

“it was suggested that Didi could come and do a duet on one of (the) songs. I thought it was a great idea but I’ve no idea how amazing it was gonna sound. As soon as it got Didi’s voice into this track, the whole track took on a new vibe; it was beautiful hearing them both.”

In a post from Official American Idol site about the song release, Benami affirms:

“I’m very happy and excited about it. It’s been a long time in the works for me to get something out there, and I think the wait brought us to just the right song at just the right moment.”

Keaton Simons Didi Benami
via officialdidibenami.com

Whether there was conscious effort to bring in Didi Benami to ‘complete’ the track, the result is sublime and universally appealing. The give and take, the push and pull, the symbiosis brought the song into a whole new tier.

Benami’s voice hooks you in, inviting you to her world as she sings about the lost love. There is longing and yearning as she professes: “And I don’t know what you’ve been dreamin’ of, if your heart is haunted by our love, and I don’t know if you’ve tried movin’ on, But I can’t get past the way we left off…” leading into the chorus blending in tastefully with Simons’ crisp vocals:

If I knew now
What I knew then
If I hadn’t forgotten
What we meant
If I’d held on
Through the hard times
If I’d done what I needed to make things right
I’d know love before I lost it
If I hadn’t forgotten

Where the two draws the connection to the song, Benami might have sentimental attachment to it from the beginning as revealed on the behind the scenes video: “When I first heard the song, I felt like it was the last relationship that I was in, and it just brought me back… to what I could have done differently… It’s a message of hope for those of us that overthink everything and for those of us that don’t…

The track is Benami’s debut release since going on a nationwide American Idol tour in 2010. She was in New York City two months ago at the Rockwood Music Hall for an intimate showcase of what she’s been working on as far as her music goes. She is off to the Bahamas for a charity concert and dinner weekend on  November 11, and she’s chosen to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/musicgives).

We wish both of these artists much success in their respective careers and we surely won’t mind another collaboration in the offing.

There is a streaming song preview at Didi Benami’s Official website. You can check out Keaton Simons official site here. You could get FREE song download from Didi’s fansite. They have a contest giveaway going on at their site as part of supporting the song and Benami.

Follow up to the minute updates from the two on their social network:

@DidiBenami on Twitter
@KeatonSimons on Twitter

Keaton’s Official Facebook | Didi’s Official Facebook