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ASTROS ANNOUNCE “YOU MAKE THE CALL” MASCOT TALENT CONTEST

Search For Individual To Play New 2013 Mascot Has Begun; Finalists For Radio Apprentice Also Announced

HOUSTON, TX – The Astros announced that they will conduct a “You Make The Call” Mascot Talent Contest that will provide fans the unique opportunity to that will provide fans the unique opportunity to showcase their performing skills to be the 2013 team mascot.

As part of this second “You Make The Call” contest, fans will once again have the chance to be a part of the selection process by voting on the candidates online at astros.com. A panel of judges will also be a part of the selection process.

Aspiring participants can register online now at astros.com. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 19 at 5 p.m. CT. Applicants are to complete the online form and submit a resume. Once registration is closed, a panel of judges will select the top 50 applicants to compete in the next round (Interview Round). The judges for the contest will be: Robert Boudwin aka Clutch the Rockets mascot, Junction Jack, Michael Kenny, formerly General Admission from the Astrodome and Houston Chronicle columnist Ken Hoffman.

The Interview Round will take place on September 24 and 25 at Minute Maid Park. Contestants will be asked to perform in a standard mascot costume, provided by the Astros, which will give them the opportunity to display their talents performing in a costume. Judges will select the top 10 performers, who will advance to the Interaction Round.

The Interaction Round will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at Minute Maid Park. Contestants will once again perform in a costume during this round. Videos of the final 10 performing in the Interaction Round will be posted onto the website for fans to vote on between September 28 – October 4. The combined voting of the fans and judges will determine the top four that will advance to the Final Round.

The Final Round will be held on October 9. Video of the final four contestant’s performances will also be posted online for fans to vote on between October 11-17. Final Round fan voting results will be combined with the judges voting to select the winner.

“This is another opportunity for us to engage with our fans, which is extremely important to us,” said Astros President and CEO George Postolos. “The participation in the Radio Apprentice Contest has been outstanding and we anticipate that our fans will enjoy and appreciate being a part of selecting our new mascot as well. This is fun for us and for our fans.”

RADIO APPRENTICE CONTEST DOWN TO FINAL TWO; 111,000 VOTES CAST ONLINE

Voting in the semi-final round for the Astros “You Make The Call” Radio Apprentice Contest ended Monday, and the competition, which began with over 300 applicants, is now down to two finalists. Crawford Jones (Houston, TX) and Nate Kurant (Kenneth City, FL) are the last two standing in the month-long competition.

The final round begins today, with Crawford taking his turn at conducting pre- and postgame interviews and an in-game interview with a fan. Kurant will perform the same duties tomorrow night. The winner will be announced during the pregame ceremony of the final home game of the season (9/26). The Astros received over 111,000 online fan votes in the previous two rounds of the competition.

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