ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 04/26/12 -- This morning, Chrislyn Hamilton, a McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) crew member from Brisbane, Australia, amazed celebrity judges and rocked the stage in front of an audience of more than 15,000 with her powerful performance of "Natural Woman" to take top honors in the Voice of McDonald's global singing competition. In addition, the crowd witnessed incredible talent from second place winner Stephanie Savage from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, third place winner Dyscem Müldener from Munich, Germany, and fourth place winner Lyam Soto from Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
A panel of internationally-renowned music and entertainment industry professionals judged the final competition. The panel consisted of six-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Toni Braxton, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, legendary music producers Ron Fair and David Foster, and prominent entertainment attorney and brand strategist Ken Hertz.
As the new Voice of McDonald's winner, Hamilton receives $25,000, lends her voice to an upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie, a recording contract with award-winning producer Ron Fair, an appearance in an upcoming McDonald's TV commercial in her market, and, compliments of Coca-Cola, a VIP trip to the American Idol finals in Los Angeles. Savage receives $17,500, Müldener receives $15,000 and Soto takes home $12,500 for their outstanding performances. They also will appear in an upcoming McDonald's TV commercial in their respective markets. The other 12 global contestants win $3,000, $500 for a party with co-workers at their restaurants and a $1,000 donation in their names for their local Ronald McDonald House Charities or other children's charity.
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