A Modern Day Superhero, an Oh-So-Cool Crib in Columbus, Two Terrific Songs and an L.A. Lady Crazy for Her Cat Claim Top Spots in the Apartments.com Roommate of the Year Contest
CHICAGO (August, 17, 2009) –Although summer may be coming to an end, the national Apartments.com Roommate of the Year contest is heating up as the search for America’s best roommate continues. Apartments.com today unveiled the five fabulous roommates who will compete for the ultimate bailout plan of free rent for one year, up to $12,000, plus $10,000 in cash and the coveted title of Roommate of the Year. After receiving online video submissions from renters around the country, five talented and lucky roomies were chosen through a combination of votes cast by America and the Apartments.com judging panel. All videos were judged with equal weight on originality and creativity, overall wow factor, persuasive argument and style and production.
The competition was stiff among the 12 finalists with nearly 20,000 public votes coming in from around the country between July 13 and August 2, 2009 on www.roommateoftheyear.com.The Apartments.com Roommate of the Year contest fantastic five are:
- The Lovable Compulsive Category: 1st Rate Rhythmic Roommate by Keaton Davis of Hockessin, DE
- The Superhero Category: American Superhero by Tina Quach of Berkeley, CA
- The Purr-fect Pet Category: Jen + Harvey 4eva by Jen Cady of Los Angeles
- The Coolest Crib Category: No More Nightmares by Martin Rosa of Canal Winchester, OH
- The Individualist Category: Roommate of the Year Official Music Video by Kevin Adams of Columbus, OH
“We received so many quality video entries and had such an overwhelming response fromAmerica during the public voting phase, it made for a very tough competition,” said Tammy Kotula, public relations and promotions manager, Apartments.com. “These five entries not only grabbed America’s attention, they also captured the essence of what it means to be ‘Roommate of the Year.’ We’re excited to have these talented individuals and their creative videos moving on to compete for the grand prize.”
All the remaining roomies are guaranteed to walk away with at least $500, but the grand prize—free rent for a year, up to $12,000, plus $10,000 in cash—is what they’re ultimately after, and only one person will be crowned the first-ever Apartments.com Roommate of the Year. The grand prize winner will be announced before October 1, 2009.
“With a $22,000 grand prize at stake, all our finalists went out and drummed up support for their video using every tool from distributing flyers around their college campus to highly sophisticated social media campaigns. It was really something to experience,” Kotula continues.
“We were thrilled by the creativity, time and energy all our finalists put into their video submissions and promoting themselves during the voting stage of our contest. There are certainly a lot of great roommates out there!”
Meet the 2009 Apartment.com Roommate of the Year Final Five:
These five entries have all moved a step closer to winning the ultimate bailout package of $22,000 and roommate bragging rights, while the four runner-up winners will each receive $500.
|The Lovable Compulsive Category—This roomie cooks, cleans and pays the bills on time to ensure the apartment is always in order.
1st Rate Rhythmic Roommate
|The Superhero Category—This category is for roomies who possess unique skills making their roommate value soar!
|The Purr-fect Pet Category—This roomie makes their four-legged cohabiters feel right at home by being a best roommate—and friend—to their pet.
Jen + Harvey 4eva
|The Coolest Crib Category—This roomie enjoys the high life and comes with a roommate-ready apartment furnished with the coolest stuff.
No More Nightmares
|The Individualist Category—This roomie is the all-around “great guy or gal” who can squeeze every ounce of creativity and originality into an entry to make it stand out from the rest.
Roommate of the Year Official Music Video
To view the five videos entries in the first-ever Apartments.com Roommate of the Year contest, visit www.roommateoftheyear.com.