(CelebrityAccess News Service) – The Coca-Cola Company, The American Music Awards (AMAs), dick clark communications (DCC) and The CMJ Network (CMJ) have finalized the highly anticipated semi-finalists for the third annual "American Music Awards Presents The Coca-Cola New Music Award" Competition. The 10 unsigned bands and artists will compete against each other at a playoff event at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles on September 12 and vie for the opportunity to perform live on the American Music Awards in November.
The semi-finalists from this year's competition were handpicked from 50 qualifiers by Dick Clark and CMJ founder and CEO Robert Haber. Representing various styles of music and hailing from all over the country, each band and artist will perform two songs live and a panel of elite judges will pick the top three to move on to the final leg of the competition.
"We've discovered a lot of great unsigned talent this year and it was difficult to narrow down the entries to the top 10," said Dick Clark, AMA creator and executive producer. "These semi-finalists have the talent and capability to become major music stars. We look forward to introducing one of them to millions of television viewers in November on the AMAs."
Following the Los Angeles event, the three finalists will advance to compete in a final playoff event during the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City on October 23. The winner of the finalist event will perform live on the 31st Annual American Music Awards telecast on ABC-TV, November 16.
The 10 semi-finalists include: Elcodrive (Boston, MA), Frolic (Dallas, TX), Jag Star (Knoxville, TN), Mere (Hoboken, NJ), Relax to Paris (Sherman Oaks, CA), Terell (Jamestown, NJ), the argument (Morgantown, WV), The Bomb Squad (New York, NY), Tian (New York, NY), and UNCROWNED (Atlanta, GA). –by Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen