You've decided to say "I do" … so how would you and your beloved like the chance to say it in front of millions of people on live TV?! Good Morning America's Epic Wedding Showdown will give one lucky couple an unforgettable Valentine's Day wedding ceremony, complete with a live performance by John Legend for the first dance. But it won't be easy! READ THE OFFICIAL RULES BELOW AND CLICK HERE TO ENTER .
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Contest sponsored by Good Morning America ("GMA") and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ("ABC"), (collectively, the "Sponsors").
Entrants, Finalists and Winners of "GMA'S EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest ("Contest") must be currently legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia, and 18 (eighteen) years old or older. If any person appearing in the Entry is under the age of majority in his/her state of residence, the parent or legal guardian is required to provide permission. Entrants must also currently be engaged to be married. Entrants and Finalists must be available to travel to New York City to compete in physical, skill-based and knowledge-based competitions on "Good Morning America" on or about February 4 – 8, 2014. Winner must be available to be legally married on "Good Morning America" on or about February 11 – 15, 2014. Familiarity with social media is helpful, but not required for entry.
The winning couple is responsible for procuring its own valid New York State marriage license prior to the wedding ceremony to be performed on "Good Morning America" on or about February 14, 2014. The fiance and fiancee must both appear in person to apply for the marriage license, and it must be procured at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the ceremony. For further information, please refer to this website:
Any individuals (including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six months, performed services for the Sponsors, any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest or supplying the prizes, and their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.
"GMA'S EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest ("Contest") entry period begins 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on January 21, 2014 and ends at 3:00 p.m. ET on January 28, 2014 (the "Contest Period"). Sponsors' computer is the official clock for this Contest.
To enter, navigate the Internet to www.goodmorningamerica.com and click on the link for "GMA'S EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest which will take you to the Contest home page. There you will find instructions on the appropriate and acceptable file formats and sizes for submitting your entry electronically.
You must be a registered member of ABCNews.com or one of the WDIG Family of Sites to enter or you may become a member. Registration is free and only required once. Enter as follows:
a) If you are an existing ABCNews.com member, simply sign in on the Sweepstakes home page with your current member name and password.
b) If you are not an ABCNews.com member, you can register by clicking on the link located on the Sweepstakes home page. You will be asked to provide your first and last name, mailing address with zip code/postal code, phone number, e-mail address, gender, birthday, country, and to select a username and password.
You must submit an essay, no more than 300 words, on why you and your fiancé/fiancée want to compete on "Good Morning America" and if you win, why you and your fiancé/fiancée deserve the chance to be married on the show. You must also submit one (1) photo of yourself and your fiancé/fiancée. Limit one (1) Entry per person, per email address. Entries submitted from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void.
You warrant and represent that all of the Materials submitted by you are original to you (and not based on or derived from any other materials), that you own all necessary rights in and to the Materials which are fully transferable, and that you are not subject to any agreement which would interfere with your ability to enter into this Contest or grant all of the rights to be provided hereunder. Accordingly, you further warrant and represent that you have the right to enter into this agreement and grant the rights hereunder without the need for permission from or payment to any other party. In addition, you warrant and represent that the exercise of the rights set forth herein and in the Contest Rules by the Sponsors will not violate any third party rights and will not violate any contractual obligations or confidential relationships which you may have to or with any third party.
Any entries submitted with inappropriate or offensive content will be immediately disqualified. No entry may be submitted in any other contest or promotion.
Upon submission, you will see a thank you message on your screen indicating that you have successfully entered. You will not receive a further acknowledgement. Free internet access is available at most public libraries.
Judging Procedure, Notification and Finalists Judging:
Eligible entries will be judged on the basis of why the Entrant and fiance/fiancée deserve to win a wedding on "Good Morning America", creativity, on-air appeal and originality. As part of the judging process, additional pre- interviews, photos and/or videos may be asked to be submitted and may be used during the judging process. Decisions of the judges are final as to all contest-related matters.
Upon satisfaction of all rules and conditions, Entrants and their fiancés/fiancées must respond to emails and phone calls from the Sponsors within twenty-four (24) hours of being contacted as of January 21, 2014. Entrants and their fiancés/fiancées must be willing to be subjected to background checks.
Based on the essays and the background checks, the judges will choose four (4) Finalists ("Finalists"). Finalists are considered to be the Entrant and fiance/fiancée. In the event of a tie, Entrants with the highest score in the judging category of why the Entrant and fiance/fiancée deserve to win a wedding on "Good Morning America" will be declared the Finalists. In the event that any of the Finalists is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with Contest procedures, or is not available to participate as specified, then the first runner-up and fiance/fiancée will be selected to participate as Finalist, time permitting. Sponsors reserve the right to terminate the contest at their discretion. Finalists will be notified on or about January 31, 2014.
The Finalists must be available to travel to New York City to compete on "Good Morning America" sometime between February 4 – 8, 2014. Finalists must also be available for one or more videotaped segments the broadcast may produce related to the Contest.
From on or about February 5 – 7, 2014, on three (3) broadcasts of "Good Morning America", the Finalists will compete against each other in physical, skill-based and/or knowledge-based competitions to attempt to score the highest number of points. ("Competition Score")
In addition, viewers will be asked to vote ("Viewer Vote") at goodmorningamerica.com for their favorite Finalist from 12 noon ET the day before each broadcast through 8:45 am ET the day of each of these three (3) broadcasts. Each day of the competition, the combination of the Competition Score, along with the Viewer Vote, will result in one Finalist with the lowest daily score being eliminated from the contest.
On the first day's competition, all four (4) Finalists will compete in a physical challenge that incorporates obstacle course events while wearing wedding attire that "Good Morning America" will provide. Finalists will score points based on their successful completion of the competition. Those Competition Scores combined with the Viewer Vote will determine which Finalist with the lowest score will be eliminated at the end of that broadcast.
Finalists must sign waivers prior to the broadcast signifying that they are able to compete in a physical challenge.
On the second day's challenge, the remaining three (3) Finalists will compete in a decorating competition. Sponsors will designate judges who will award points to the Finalists. The combination of the Competition Score and the Viewer Vote will determine which Finalist with the lowest score will be eliminated by the end of the broadcast.
On the third day's challenge, the remaining two (2) Finalists will compete in a knowledge-based game. The Competition Scores and the Viewer Vote will determine the higher scoring Finalist, who will be announced as the Grand Prize Winner on that broadcast.
In the event of a tie, the two (2) Finalists will participate in a tie breaker round where a question will be asked and the Finalist to buzz in first and give the correct answer to the question will be deemed to have the highest score that day and will be announced as the Grand Prize Winner ("Winner"). The Winner is considered both the Entrant and the fiance/fiancée. Final determination of the Winner is always conditional on verification of eligibility and compliance with all rules and procedures.
In the event the Winner is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with contest procedures, is not available to participate as specified, is or becomes unable to completely fulfill all aspects of the Contest including but not limited to full execution of awarding the prize as specified by the Sponsor, or for any other reason, then the first runner-up will be selected to be married on "Good Morning America" and receive the associated prizes.