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You've watched them on TV for decades, those picture-perfect hosts who are experts in, well, everything. The kind of people who can solve decorating dilemmas, explain proper party planning and even show you how to can preserves. If you think you have what it takes to join the ranks of these entertaining experts then we want you as we start the search for "Today's Domestic Diva."
This is your chance to shine.
To enter the series, make a one-minute audition tape detailing your domestic dominance and show us why you should be America’s next domestic diva.
Demonstrate your baking skills, guide us through your garden, or get creative. And guys, we haven't left you out, this is your chance to get into the game and become the king of the castle.
We'll choose 3 domestic diva finalists who will face-off for the chance for a special turn on the today show.
But hurry, the search for "Today's Domestic Diva" won't last long. See complete entry rules and requirements below.


Official Rules

March 12, 2004

To enter, make an original VHS videotape of yourself showing us why you should be America’s next domestic diva, showing off your range of domestic and home arts skills (e.g., cooking, decorating, gardening, arranging, etc.). The footage should last no longer than one minute (the "Video").  In addition, please tell us about yourself, and why you think you are a “domestic diva”, in 500 words or less, in a typewritten essay (“Essay”).

By entering, you and everyone appearing in Video agree that the Video may be broadcast on TODAY and in promotions and advertisements for TODAY.  Videos must not include any music or singing.  Videos and Essays must be original, truthful, unpublished, created solely by the submitting entrant, must not have been submitted in any other competition, and must not infringe upon any rights of any third party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, and rights of privacy and publicity.  In addition, you must be the owner or legal lessee of the home or property depicted in the Video, if any.  All Videos and Essays become the property of the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. ("NBC") and will not be acknowledged or returned.  Limit one entry per household.  Multiple entries received from any household will void all such additional entries.  Entries that are incomplete, illegible, postage due or corrupted are void and will not be accepted.

Mailing Instructions: Print your name, address, telephone numbers (daytime and evening) and email address on a label affixed to your Video. Send the Video with the label, and your Essay, in a single package, to the following address: TODAY, NBC, c/o TODAY’S DOMESTIC DIVA, 30 Rockefeller Center, New York, New York10112.   All entries must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, March 22, 2004. 

You must be a legal U.S. resident physically residing within the Continental United States (residents of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam are excluded from entry and participation) who is 18 years of age or older as of March 12, 2004.  Employees of the National Broadcasting Company, Inc., MSNBC Cable, LLC, their respective advertising and promotion agencies, their parent, subsidiary and joint venture companies, as well as members of their immediate families and households (including children, spouses and siblings and/or persons living in the same households as such persons (whether related or not)) are not eligible.  Entrants must also be of good moral character. TODAY reserves the right to exclude anyone convicted of a crime  (other than moving violations of a misdemeanor type that did not involve personal injury, drugs or alcohol).  Entrants must have nothing in their background that would be an embarrassment to NBC News or TODAY, and entrants may not be elected officials or currently running for any political office (local, state or federal). TODAY reserves the right to exclude entrants for these or any other reasons, in TODAY’s sole editorial discretion. Please note that by entering you agree to undergo a background check conducted by TODAY and, if necessary, to sign waiver forms authorizing the release of personal and background information.

Three finalists will be selected by TODAY ("judges") on a rolling basis as Videos and Essays are received, beginning on March 15, 2004, from eligible entries received.  The judges will select the entries based on the following criteria in their sole discretion: 50% creativity, 25% appearance 25% presentation based on the Video; the content of the Essay; and optional telephone interviews TODAY may elect to conduct with some or all potential finalists. Each Finalist may be required to submit to a background check.  If for any reason any of the Finalists do not meet any of the above eligibility requirements in TODAY’S sole discretion, the Judges may select an alternate finalist. The decisions of the Judges are final and entrants agree to be bound by these decisions. Entrants agree that TODAY may record and broadcast TODAY advising entrant that he or she has been selected as a finalist.

Potential finalists will be contacted during the weeks of March15 and March 22, 2004, and Finalists must agree to make themselves available on or about March 24 or 25, 2004 for an on-air appearance and announcement, during the TODAY show, that they are a chosen Finalist. Potential finalists must agree to keep in strictest confidence and not to disclose to any person, including other entrants, family members, or any other third party, any information whatsoever concerning the fact that they are potential finalists.  Finalists must also sign authorizations and releases required by TODAY in order to remain eligible to participate in the competition. 

Following the announcement of the Finalists, from approximately March 24 thru March 28, 2004, Finalists must agree to make themselves available in their homes (or in another location selected by TODAY in its sole discretion) to demonstrate their skills in the home arts and to do so on video, for possible broadcast by TODAY.  In this regard, Finalists may be asked to perform tasks of a competitive nature, determined in TODAY’s sole discretion, and must agree that all footage recorded by TODAY may or may not be used by TODAY, in any manner and any medium, in the sole discretion of TODAY. 

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In addition, Finalists agree to make themselves available to appear live on TODAY and to otherwise be available to TODAY, in the broadcast studio in New York (or in another location selected by TODAY in its sole discretion), on dates selected by TODAY (anticipated to be Wednesday, March 31 through Friday, April 2).  On these dates, Finalists may be asked, among other things, to give interviews, to be videotaped, and to compete with other Finalists in a variety of tasks relating to the home arts, both on tape and live on the air.  All dates are in TODAY’s sole discretion, and are subject to change.

TODAY viewers will then be asked to visit the TODAY Web Site at www.today.msnbc.com and vote for the finalist they most want to win.   Each viewer may vote only once.  Multiple entries from any email address will be voided. 

The Finalist who receives the most votes will be the winner. If there is a tie, the winner will be selected by the Judges from the tied Finalists or in the manner selected by the Judges in their sole discretion.

The Winner will appear in a segment on TODAY at a date and time to be specified by TODAY, in the sole discretion of TODAY. TODAY in its sole discretion shall determine the length, content and nature of the appearance. The right to appear on TODAY cannot be transferred or rescheduled or redeemed for cash.

TODAY reserves the right to substitute the appearance or elements thereof with a prize of equal or greater value at their sole discretion. TODAY further reserves the right to postpone the concert or cancel the broadcast of the appearance for any reason, in the sole discretion of TODAY. The winner shall be responsible for applicable taxes and other expenses.

1. By entering, you agree to participate in telephone interviews with TODAY, to appear on the TODAY show for the initial Finalist introduction, to perform the tasks as directed by TODAY, to permit a film crew to shoot footage of you and your home, and to travel to New York and make yourself available to appear on TODAY at TODAY’s direction.  Reasonable travel expenses, including standard hotel, transportation and meals in connection with the Finalists’ in person appearance on TODAY, and any publicity and promotion activities required by TODAY, will be paid for by TODAY.  Travel and hotel arrangements to be determined by TODAY. TODAY, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to provide ground transportation in lieu of air transportation. 

2. Finalists agree to make themselves exclusively available to TODAY for publicity and promotion from the day entrant prepares entry to the final on-air appearance of the winner, and must agree that they will not allow interviews by other media outlets, including television, magazines, newspapers, radio, and internet, unless authorized by TODAY during this time.

3. Entry in this competition constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s Video, name, city, state, likeness, appearance and voice on TODAY for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation.

4. Finalists may not wear apparel that contains recognizable commercial logos during their appearances on TODAY. Finalists’ on-air wardrobes are subject to TODAY’s approval in its sole discretion. 

5. The program reserves the right to make public personal information about the contestants on-air, prior to, during, or following the competition.   Contestants acknowledge that any negative information regarding a contestant that TODAY may disclose during the program may be more or less favorable than similar information disclosed by TODAY regarding other contestants.

6. In all disputes, TODAY is the sole judge and its actions are final.

7. Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and NBC in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the state of New York, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of New York.  If any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the Official Rules, or the breach of any term hereof, cannot be otherwise resolved, it shall be resolved by binding arbitration conducted in the County of New York, and administered by JAMS in accordance with its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures or subsequent versions thereof (the “JAMS Rules”).  The JAMS Rules for selection of an arbitrator shall be followed, except that the arbitrator shall be an experienced arbitrator licensed to practice law in New York. 

All entrants and Finalists and their legal guardians if minors assume all liability for any injury or damages caused or claimed to be caused by their participation in this special event, including the acceptance of the concert and recording session.  All entrants and Finalists and their legal guardians if minors release National Broadcasting Company, Inc. and their respective advertising and promotion agencies, their parents, subsidiaries and joint venture companies, as well as their respective officers, directors, and employees, from any such liability. 

NBC, and its respective advertising and promotion agencies, their parent, subsidiary and joint venture companies, as well as their respective officers, directors, and employees assume no responsibility for any injury (including but not limited to any personal injury that may occur while on NBC premises or during tasks performed in connection with this contest), damage or losses of any kind to any entrant, or to any entrant’s or other person’s computer, relating to or resulting from participating in this contest, including downloading materials or software.   NBC and its respective advertising and promotion agencies, their parent, subsidiary and joint venture companies, as well as their respective officers, directors, and employees are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the user or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this event or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in this event.   

NBC and MSNBC Cable, LLC are not responsible for errors or failures of any kind, for inaccurate transcription of entry information, for errors in any promotional or marketing materials, for errors in these rules, for any human or electronic error, or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed by computer transmissions, lost, late, damaged, or postage due.

TODAY reserves the right to terminate the entry period prior to its scheduled end date and to choose among entries received prior to the date of such termination.

Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the voting viewers whose decisions are final. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this contest.   NBC reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these rules.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited or restricted by applicable federal or state laws and regulations.

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