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I first heard about this contest (well, the original music portion of it) when the Hollywood band Orange excitedly announced that it won several preliminary and semii-finalist rounds. The upshot: These guys are appearing on the FUSE network at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time tomorrow, as part of the so-called "Hollywood round."
I'm rooting for Orange, a pop-punk outfit that's the first Hollywood band I saw after moving to Los Angeles a year and a half ago. They obviously worship at the altar of Social Distortion, in a good way, and I've been hearing that songwriter Joe Dexter has some really interesting compositions in the works.
Really, though, I'll be happy for any decent, struggling band to win the $10,000 grand prize!