Wahl Most Talented Beard in America Contest Official Rules
Wahl Most Talented Beard in America Contest
Please note, the Entry Period has been extended to Aug. 18, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM CT.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
BY ENTERING OR VOTING IN THE CONTEST, ENTRANTS AND VOTERS AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH CREATE A BINDING CONTRACT, SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING. WITHOUT LIMITATION, SUCH CONTRACT INCLUDES GRANTS OF RIGHTS AND INDEMNITIES TO THE CONTEST ENTITITES FROM YOU AND A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.
CONTEST DESCRIPTION: The Wahl Most Talented Beard in America Contest (“Contest”) begins July 7, 2021 at 12:00:01 AM Central Time (“CT”) and ends October 15, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM CT. Men 18 years of age or older with a beard will have the opportunity to enter online for a chance to win prizes and be designated the “Wahl Man of the Year” by submitting a video of themselves performing a talent.
ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be male, 18 years of age or older at time of entry and be legal residents of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. This Contest is void where prohibited by law. To be eligible, entrants must have a beard at the time of entry; the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners of the 2020 Wahl Most Talented Beard in America Contest are ineligible to enter or win any prize in this Contest. Finalists of the 2020 Wahl Most Talented Beard in America Contest can enter or win a prize in this Contest but must submit a new video to be eligible. Employees, officers, and directors of WAHL Clipper Corporation (“Sponsor”) and its parent company, affiliates or subsidiaries, and advertising and promotional agencies, judging organization, and any other individual or company involved in the development, promotion, or execution of the Contest, and members of those employees’ immediate families (spouse and parent, children and siblings, and their respective spouses and children, regardless of where they reside), and persons living in the same household (whether or not related) of such employees are ineligible to enter or win. Sponsor will determine in its sole discretion whether a potential entrant meets the eligibility requirements. By participating, entrant agrees to these Official Rules, and the decisions of the Sponsor and/or its independent judges, which are final and binding in all respects.
HOW TO ENTER: Beginning July 7, 2021 at 12:00:01 AM CT and ending August 18, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM CT (“Entry Period”), go to Wahl Grooming’s Facebook page (https://facebook.com/wahlgrooming/) or @wahlgrooming on Instagram and click on the “Wahl Most Talented Beard in America Contest” page tab to access the Contest Application. Follow the directions to enter the Contest. Submit a video of yourself that displays a talent you have (the “Video”), and enter your contact information (collectively, an “Entry”). You must upload your Video to a video-streaming service platform (such as YouTube or Vimeo) to enter, and the link to your video must be posted on the entry form. All Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM CT on August 18, 2021 to be considered. Each Entry must comply with the Contest Entry Requirements (defined below) and these Official Rules.
Limit one Entry per person. Entries received from any person in excess of the limitation will be void if discovered by Sponsor. Multiple, separate Entries may be submitted from different individuals residing in the same household. No forms of entry other than as stated in these Official Rules will be accepted.
Contest Entry Requirements: In addition to the provisions set forth herein, each Entry must comply with the following guidelines or will be subject to disqualification:
- The Video must be in English
- It is recommended that the Video is no more than three minutes long
- The Video must be uploaded to a video-streaming platform
- It is recommended that the Video is filmed horizontally
- The Video must be the entrant’s original work and must not infringe the copyrights, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other intellectual rights of any third-party person or entity
In addition to the requirements set forth above, each Entry must comply with the following:
a. may not have been submitted in any other competition;
b. may not have been published;
c. must not be inappropriate, offensive, defamatory, or obscene;
d. must not infringe upon any third party's rights, including, but not limited to, copyright, patent or trademarks/trade names/logos, or rights of privacy or publicity;
2) The Video must be the original and sole creation of the entrant, owned solely by the entrant;
3) Any Video, in the sole opinion of the judges and/or Sponsor, found to contain dangerous, harmful or objectionable content, or deemed to be inappropriate for publication or to otherwise violate any of the above requirements, will be deemed ineligible;
4) Videos cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, or contain nudity;
5) Videos cannot show or promote cruelty, harm, abuse or exploitation of anyone or anything;
6) Videos cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or promotes any particular political agenda or message;
7) Videos cannot endorse any form of hate or hate group; or appear to duplicate any other submitted Entry;
8) Videos must be in keeping with the Sponsor’s image, and may not be offensive, nor can they defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsor or its products or other people, products or companies, as determined by Sponsor and the Contest Judges in their sole discretion;
9) Videos cannot advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
10) Videos cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including music, photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in web sites, television, movies or other media), without permission;
11) Videos cannot contain materials embodying the names, likeness, voices, or other indicia identifying any person (other than the entrant), including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;
12) Videos cannot consist of or contain look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
13) Videos cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill with which Sponsor wishes to associate; and
14) Videos cannot violate any law.
Round One: All eligible Entries will be evaluated and reviewed by an initial judging panel appointed by the Sponsor and consisting of employees of the Sponsor’s marketing team to determine whether the Entry complies with these Official Rules and to score the Entry based on the following judging criteria:
- Talent (30%)
- Creativity and originality (25%)
- Well-groomed beard (20%)
Prior to the close of the Entry Period, Sponsor may begin provisionally reaching out to entrants with the potential to advance to round two to begin the background check process. This does not mean the individuals contacted have been selected to advance to round two because entrants who advance to round two will not be confirmed until after the close of the Entry Period. At the end of round one, the top 15 - 20 entrants with the highest score will advance to round two.
Round Two: Sponsor will attempt to contact entrants with the highest score (approximately 15 – 20 entrants) after round one for a phone interview to determine the potential Finalists. Potential round two participants must respond within 72 hours of initial notification attempt and confirm their participation in the round two interview. If a potential round two participant fails to respond to the initial notification by the deadline set forth above or is not in compliance with these Official Rules (including eligibility requirements), Sponsor may select an alternate round two participant (the round one Entry with the next highest score) if time permits. The potential Finalists’ performances in the phone interviews will be judged based on the following judging criteria:
- General enthusiasm for facial hair (15%)
- Potential for brand ambassadorship for the WAHL Brand (10%)
The 10 highest overall scoring Entries (combination of round 1 and round 2 scores) will be deemed finalists (“Finalists”), pending confirmation that they meet the eligibility requirements, and will move on to the Public Voting phase for a chance to win the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. If there is a tie for the tenth Finalist position, the score for “Talent” will be the tiebreaker.
FINALIST NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION
Finalist Notification and Verification: Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential Finalists by email or telephone. Potential Finalists must respond within 48 hours of initial notification attempt and confirm their participation and acceptance of the Finalist designation. All potential Finalists must also sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability Form, Publicity Release (where lawful), a Release from any recognizable individuals in the Video, a Federal Form W-9 (with a valid Social Security number) and submit a photocopy of a valid government issued photo ID (either driver’s license or passport) as validation to verify he is the person in the Video, within 72 hours of the time Sponsor sends form to potential Finalist. If potential Finalist fails to respond to initial notification by the deadline set forth above, fails to sign and return required documents or provide identification by the deadlines set forth above, refuses to cooperate with a background check (as set forth below), or is not in compliance with these Official Rules (including eligibility requirements), Sponsor may select an alternate Finalist (the non-Finalist Entry with the next highest score) if time permits.
Public Voting: Beginning on or about September 23, 2021 at 9:00:00 AM CT and ending on or about October 15, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM CT (the “Voting Period”), the 10 confirmed Finalist Entries will be posted for public voting on the contest app on @WahlGrooming Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wahlgrooming/). At the end of the Voting Period, a potential Wahl Most Talented Beard in America winner will be chosen based on the results of the public vote (40%) and the score from a second and different judging panel appointed by Sponsor based on the following criteria (60%):
- Talent (30%)
- Creativity and originality (25%)
- Well-groomed beard (20%)
- General enthusiasm for facial hair (15%)
- Potential for brand ambassadorship for the Wahl Brand (10%)
The entrants who submitted the Entries with the three highest total scores will be declared the first, second, and third prize winners, respectively. If there is a tie for one of the three winning positions, the score for the “Talent” criteria will be the tiebreaker. The Wahl Most Talented Beard in America contest winners will be announced on or around October 20, 2021.
Conditions Applicable to Voting: Each voter must be located in the United States at the time he or she casts his or her vote, and each vote must be routed through servers located in the United States. Voter must be at least 13 years old. Each voter is limited to one vote per finalist. The use of automated devices for voting is not permitted and will result in the disqualification of all votes received through that method and/or from that voter, if discovered by Sponsor. Any use of robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, script, macro, or any other automated means or similar participation methods or agents, vote exchange websites, vote “farming” or other method to vote or unfairly increase votes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, is prohibited and will void all votes submitted by that voter, if discovered by Sponsor. Sponsor will determine the eligibility of voters and votes in its sole discretion and may disqualify votes at any time. Moreover, if Sponsor concludes, in its sole discretion, that any entrant has colluded with such voter or has participated in or actively encouraged such activity, whether directly or indirectly, Sponsor may disqualify that entrant from further participation in the Contest and or eligibility for prize.
BACKGROUND CHECKS: The potential Finalists and/or winners must agree to a background check, to complete a background check release, and to provide any information that Sponsor reasonably requests to conduct a background check, including Social Security number, and understand that no further notice is required to be provided to them by Sponsor with respect to such background check, and that Sponsor has the right, but not the obligation to conduct such background check prior to identifying a potential Finalist or winner. Factors that may result in disqualification as a Finalist or winner, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, include, without limitation, negative driver history or record, any drug or alcohol dependency, criminal arrests or convictions, civil law suits alleging misconduct - either settled or still pending, and any other fact or allegation that, in Sponsor’s reasonable discretion, would be inconsistent with the image, messages, and goodwill that Sponsor seeks to convey and be associated with, whether such facts are revealed to Sponsor in connection with a background check or otherwise. If a potential Finalist or winner is disqualified for any reason, the entrant with the next highest scoring Entry may be declared a potential Finalist or winner, as applicable, or the Sponsor may elect not to designate a Finalist or winner, as applicable.
WINNER NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION
After the close of the Voting Period, Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winners by email or telephone. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners in the Wahl Most Talented Beard in America Contest must complete, sign and return, within 72 hours of the time of notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability Form, Publicity Release (where lawful), a Release from any individuals appearing in the Video, and Federal Form W-9 (with a valid Social Security number) as well as any other documents required by Sponsor. As a condition of winning and qualifying for the prize, the potential Wahl Most Talented Beard in America winners will be required to have a beard at the time the prize is awarded. The potential Wahl Most Talented Beard in America Contest winners also will be required to cooperate in publicity activities in connection with the Contest as reasonably required by Sponsor for a period of one-year after the awarding of the prize (the “Publicity Period”), and this may include agreement not to participate in publicity activities for other brands during the Publicity Period. Wahl may schedule a Mobile Barbershop experience near each winner’s hometown for a beard grooming visit and check presentation event. Details about the locations, dates, and times of the Wahl Mobile Barbershop events will be announced after the winners have been confirmed and are subject to change or cancellation at any time. Winner will not receive any compensation for publicity activities, and winner’s refusal to participate in such activities could result in forfeiture of prize. Winners must also be deemed to project an image consistent with Wahl’s corporate values during the Publicity Period, and, if Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that winner has failed to do so, winner may forfeit prize. If the releases or any required documentation are not returned within 72 hours, if any prize notification or any prize is returned as undeliverable, if a potential winner does not respond within 24 hours of initial notification attempt, or if a potential winner is found to be ineligible, declines the prize, or otherwise is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize may be forfeited, and the entrant with the next highest scoring Entry may be declared a potential winner, or the Sponsor may elect not to designate a winner for that prize. Winner may be required to forfeit prize after it is awarded if he violates any of the agreements signed with Sponsor.
10 Finalist Prizes: One WAHL Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Trimmer (exact make and model to be determined solely by the Sponsor), a wet goods bundle (beard softener, beard wash, and beard oil), and a $500 general use prepaid card. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Finalist Prize is $609.98.
One First Place Prize: In addition to the Finalist prize, the 1st Prize winner will receive $20,000 in the form of a check. The first prize winner will also be designated the “Wahl Man of the Year.”
One Second Place Prize: In addition to the Finalist prize, the 2nd Prize winner will receive $10,000 in the form of a check.
One Third Place Prize: In addition to the Finalist prize, the 3rd Prize winner will receive $5,000 in the form of a check.
Total ARV of all prizes: $41,099.80.
Only the stated number of prizes in these Official Rules will be awarded. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the winners. If an inadequate number of qualified winning Entries are received to award the prizes or some of the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right to: (a) not award any prize to any Entry; or (b) award fewer than the number of prizes stated above.
All federal, state, and/or local taxes (including income taxes), duties, and the like, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner. The Finalists will be issued an IRS 1099 form for the value of the Finalist prize. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will be issued an IRS 1099 form for the value of the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize, respectively, and the Finalist prize. No substitution, assignment, redemption for cash, or transfer of any prizes permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if an offered prize becomes unavailable. Actual value of prizes may vary based on consumer electronic industry fluctuations. Winner will not receive difference between actual and approximate retail value.
Allow 8 to 10 weeks for shipment of all prizes. Sponsor shall not be held responsible for any delays in awarding any prize for any reason outside of their control. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. A prize will be delivered only to a verified Finalist or winner.
GENERAL: By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, Inc., Instagram, Twitter, and their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, franchisees, advertising and promotion agencies, judging organization, and any other individual or company involved in the development, promotion, or execution of the Contest, including Premier Business Solutions, LLC, and all of their respective officers, employees, directors, representatives and agents (individually and collectively “Releasees”) from all liability, losses, claims, action, or proceedings, losses, all injuries and damages of any kind to person(s), including death or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activities, or violation of intellectual property or personal rights (such as but not limited to, copyright, patent, trade name/trademark, and/or rights of privacy or publicity or portrayal in a false light) due in whole or in part to acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize; or participation in this Contest, or participation in any Contest-related activity and from Sponsor’s use of the Video as provided for herein. By claiming a prize, the Finalists and winners agree to confirm that consent in writing upon request, to Sponsor and those acting pursuant to the authority of Sponsor, the right, in perpetuity, to the use of his name, voice, picture, image and/or likeness (and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in these Official Rules, Finalists and winners license the use of their Video to Sponsor, which may be altered, changed, modified, edited, used alone, together or with other works, and/or in distorted form, as solely determined by Sponsor) at any time(s) and in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, including on the Internet and World Wide Web, for advertising, commercial, trade and promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law, and without notice, review or approval. Entrant agrees that submissions are gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction, and will not place Sponsor under any obligation, and that Sponsor is free to disclose the ideas contained therein on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without restriction and without any additional compensation to entrant. Entrant acknowledges that, by acceptance of his Entry, Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas from any source. Any waiver of any obligation hereunder by Sponsor does not constitute a general waiver of any obligation to entrant. By entering, entrant acknowledges that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Entry submitted and further agrees he will not post or publicly make any disparaging or negative comments about Sponsor or its parent, affiliates, or subsidiaries, or any of their products on any web site or in any other type of media. If a dispute arises regarding compliance with these Official Rules, Sponsor may consider, in its sole discretion, data reasonably available to Sponsor through information technology systems in Sponsor’s control, but Sponsor will not be obligated to consider any data or other information collected from any other source. Any failure by Sponsor to enforce any of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of such Official Rules. If there is a conflict between any term of these Official Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Contest, the terms of these Official Rules will govern.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Releasees are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, illegible, delayed, misdirected, separated, or non-delivered Entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable satellite, unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider, website or other connections availability, accessibility or traffic congestion, or miscommunications, or failed computer, network, telephone, satellite, or cable hardware, software or lines, or technical failure, or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions, or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic or network, including typographical, printing, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information or the failure to capture, or loss of, any such information with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the tabulation of votes, the announcement of the prizes, the incorrect uploading of the Video or in any Contest-related materials. Releasees are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, or by any equipment or programming associated with or used in this Contest, and assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or tampering with or hacking of the entry process or voting app. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual (entrant or voter) it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the voting process, or operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the terms of the applicable social media platform or voting app or if such entrant or voter shows a disregard for, or attempts to circumvent, these Official Rules; or if such entrant or voter threatens the integrity of the Contest by posting or otherwise disseminating material on Twitter, Facebook, or any other social network that is offensive, vulgar, obscene, or defames anyone or any entity; or if such entrant or voter acts: (i) in a manner the Sponsors determine to be not fair or equitable; (ii) with an intent to annoy, threaten or harass any other entrant, voter or Sponsors; or (iii) in any other disruptive manner. Releasees are not responsible for injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading, printing, or copying materials from or use of social media or the voting app. If, for any reason, Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, worms, bugs, tampering, hacking, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend Contest. If Sponsor terminates the Contest during the Entry Period, Sponsor will determine the Finalists from eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor, and Sponsor will determine the Wahl Most Talented Beard in America winners by applying the judging criteria set forth above but without a public vote, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. If Sponsor terminates the Contest during the Voting Period, Sponsor will determine the Wahl Most Talented Beard in America winners from eligible, non-suspect votes received prior to action taken and by applying the judging criteria set forth above, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. If Sponsor terminates, modifies, or suspends the Contest, Sponsor shall post notice at www.WahlUSA.com and on Sponsor’s Facebook page.
DISPUTES: As a condition of entering, entrants agree (a) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (b) all causes of action arising out of or related to this Contest, or any prize awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (c) all claims, judgments and award will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys' fees and court costs.
JURISDICTION/CHOICE OF LAW: By entering, entrants agree that this Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois and agree to venue and jurisdiction solely in Whiteside County, Illinois for the resolution of all disputes.
WINNERS LIST: To view the winners log on to www.WahlUSA.com on or about October 20, 2021, which will remain available for a period of up to sixty days.
SPONSOR: WAHL Clipper Corporation, 2900 North Locust Street, Sterling, Illinois 61081. WAHL is a registered trademark of WAHL Clipper Corporation.
This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
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