By People Staff
Updated May 19, 2006 05:20 PM
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.

The Hottest Bachelor Contest (“Contest”) begins at 12:01 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) on May 19, 2006 and ends at 11:59 PM (ET) on May 26, 2006 (“entry period”).

SPONSOR: People Magazine, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to unmarried males age 18 or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia at time of entry. Applicants should not have prior professional modeling experience (e.g., someone who has never received any type of compensation for appearing in a national print or television advertisement and/or a publication with a circulation of 100,000 or higher) and/or can not be members of SAG, AFTRA or Equity. All entries submitted, including statements and photographs, become property of the People Magazine ( Sponsor ).

Submission of an entry grants the Sponsor and its agents the right to record, copy, publish, use, edit, exhibit, distribute, perform, merchandise, license, sublicense, adapt and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation and without any compensation to the Entrant. Applicants agree to abide by these official rules and the judges’ decisions, which are final.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, follow all contest entry instructions, including completing the online submission form ( entry ). To qualify for Round 1 competition, all entries must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on May 26, 2006. All entries must contain the following required information: 1) vital statistics (e.g., name, address, city, state, zip, birth date, and occupation), 2) responses to the Contest statements on entry form, 3) color photo from the waist and up. Photo must be uploaded in compliance with the contest requirements: JPEG or GIF format with picture dimensions no larger than 640 x 840 pixels and a file size not greater than 150kb (150 kilobytes uncompressed). Entries that contain photos that contain more than one photo and/or do not comply with the photo specifications or any other requirements stated herein will be automatically disqualified. Incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified. No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, altered, or illegible entries. Entry materials will not be returned or acknowledged. Limit: One entry per person. Multiple entries from a single person will automatically be disqualified.

JUDGING PROCESS:

There are 2 rounds in this Contest.

In Round 1: All eligible entries received by the deadline date stated above will be judged to determine the top 100 entries for Round 1. Judging will be based on the following equally weighted judging criteria: 1) Appearance, 2) Suitability to represent the hottest bachelor for People Magazine 3) the creativity conveyed in completing the following statements: a) I should be People s hottest bachelor because ________. b) People tell me I look like _______________. c) My secret weapon is ____________. d) I look best in ___________. e) In a woman, I m looking for ___________. Each statement response should not exceed 25 words in order for your entry to qualify. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined based on the highest score for Appearance. In the event of a further tie, winner will be determined based on the highest score for suitability to represent the hottest bachelor for People Magazine.

In Round 2: Editor(s) from People Magazine will judge the 100 top scoring Round 1 entries. Judging for Round 2 will be based on the following equally weighted judging criteria: 1) Appearance, 2) Suitability for Advertising and Publicity and 3) Sense of humor. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined based on the highest score for Appearance. In the event of a further tie, winner will be determined based on the highest score for Suitability for Advertising and Publicity.

The top ten scoring Round 2 entries will be declared the “Winners” of the Contest. The Winners will be determined on or about 6/2/06.

PRIZE: Each Winner s photograph will appear in People s Hottest Bachelor issue and on People.com. Approximate retail value of each prize: $500.00.

NOTIFICATION/RELEASES: Winners will be notified on or about 6/2/06 and will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability/Publicity/Grant of Rights, Consent and Release (“Affidavit/Release”) which must be signed, notarized and received by Sponsor or its designated agent within 7 days of date printed on notification. If any Winner does not return the Affidavit/Release within the time allowed, such Winner will be disqualified and the Round 2 Entrant with the next highest score will be declared the alternate winner. If a Winner is a minor under applicable state law, a parent or legal guardian will be required to execute Affidavit of Eligibility and an Affidavit/ Release on Winner s behalf. At the Sponsor’s discretion, a background check may be conducted on each Winner. At discretion of Sponsor, a Winner may be asked to promote future contests, advertising, media parties, in-store promotions and/or other promotional events without additional compensation (except where prohibited by law) as set forth in the Liability/Publicity Grant of Rights, Consent and Release, for a period of one year. In the event any Winner declines any prize, he will automatically be disqualified and an alternate winner will be determined. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use each Winner’s name, hometown, biography, photographic and artistic likeness, voice, prize won, for promotion and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

Submission of an entry grants the Sponsor and their agents the right to record, copy, publish, use, edit, exhibit, distribute, perform, merchandise, license, sublicense, adapt and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation and without any compensation to the Entrant. Submission of an entry further constitutes the Entrant’s consent to irrevocably assign and transfer to Sponsor any and all rights, title and interest in the entry, including, without limitation, all copyrights. In addition, if declared a Winner, each Winner must certify that the winning entry was original, written by him and no other person or entity holds rights to entry (statement and photo). At the Sponsor s or judges discretion, each Winner may need to provide a written statement that he has not had prior professional modeling experience (e.g., someone who has never received any compensation for appearing in a national print or television advertisement and/or a publication with a circulation of 100,000 or more) and is not a member of SAG, AFTRA or Equity. Furthermore, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or Winner for failing to execute any required paperwork, refuses to participate in any promotional or event, or engages in any activity which offends the public morals, embarrasses the Sponsor or violates the law of any jurisdiction and/or alters her appearance in any way whatsoever without the prior consent of the Sponsor of this Contest.

By entering this Contest, entrants release and hold harmless Sponsor, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Contest or prize received.

GENERAL: Employees (and their immediate families) of the Sponsor and its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, distributors, advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to enter. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Governed by U.S. law. Void where prohibited by law.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Sponsor is not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged, or illegible entries; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant s or any other person s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest. By participating in the Contest, you (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the independent judging organization, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any contest it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and (ii) withdraw the online method of entry if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Contest), and to determine the winners from among all eligible entries received prior to withdrawal.

LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

WINNERS LIST: For the names of Contest Winners (available by 6/16/06), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by 6/16/06 to: Hottest Bachelor Contest Winner, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.