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Representing TechRepublic in the CNET Networks Idol contest


Only the geekiest of geeks would know that American Idol's Ryan Seacrest hosted a TV show for CNET Networks in 1996, called The New Edge, which showcased new technology. How do I know this?

CNET Networks decided to uncover some of the hidden talent from its employees around the world by holding its own CNET Networks Idol contest. CNET employees from every branch (including TechRepublic, News.com, ZDNet, GameSpot, BNET, MP3.com, mySimon, Search.com, TV.com, and Webshots) and every location (including several offices in the U.S., Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the U.K.) were encouraged to submit a video with their talent, from "singers, jugglers, pole vaulters, napkin folders, magicians, musicians, mathematicians and more." 

I'm a big American Idol fan, but I've surpassed the age limitation to compete with all of the Kelly Clarksons and Taylor Hicks of the world. So what a better opportunity than to partake in the CNET Networks Idol contest!! Submissions were due in late November of last year, and the CNET holiday video - hosted by non other than, you guessed it, Ryan Seacrest - was released earlier this week, which launched the voting phase of the competition.

My video submission is one of 32 entries, all of which are truly entertaining. The poll is open until February 2nd, but CNET requests that only CNET employees participate in the voting process, and that each employee only votes one time. I've posted my video in this blog entry so that TechRepublic members can get an inside peek. Enjoy the music, and wish me luck!

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

9 comments
JamesRL
JamesRL

I enjoyed the song, and the singing. I'm from the classical side of singing, and when I sing I have an accompanist at least and often a choir - much easier. You've got a great voice, and a good song. I hope you go far. Whatever you do, enjoy it. James

dawgit
dawgit

Outstanding really. You got my vote. (where do we get to do that anyway?) -d

jtgalbreath
jtgalbreath

I do really appreciate a great singer and guitar player with a nice song! Thanks for sharing the video. You'd have my vote! (Wait! I've lived in Chicago, so you could have my vote, my deceased grandparents' votes, my old dog's vote, the vote of the vacant lot on the corner, and the votes of Bears and Cubs fans everywhere because we really appreciate waiting!

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

But I greatly appreciate the positive feedback!! Wish me luck!!

uberg33k50
uberg33k50

...we can't vote. I haven't seen the others of course but your in really good. I would vote for you. Even Simon would have to admit you have a good voice.

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

You sound really good. I could listen to you and hang with friends with a frosty beverage in my hand. Kudos! It is not all about computers all the time.

Leee
Leee

Obviously our favorite at TechRepublic HQ. It was so incredibly fun listening to Sonja rehearse. I tried to get her to wear green eyeshadow for the video, but alas... Maybe if all of us get together we can convince her to hit the coffeeshop circuit...?

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