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Dance With Whitney Sweepstakes Rules

posted: 09/09/15




Please read these Official Rules carefully. They contain important information about your rights and obligations, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply to you if you enter TLC's Whitney Live Dance Party Contest ("Contest"). By entering the Contest, you signify your agreement to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Promotion Administrator. If you do not agree to the Official Rules, you may not enter in the contest.

  1. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the continental U.S. who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Employees, officers and directors of Discovery Communications, LLC ("Sponsor"), Promotion Mechanics, Inc. ("Promotion Administrator"), their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, TV production partners, advertising agencies, promotional suppliers and the immediate family members (spouses and parents, children and siblings and their spouses, regardless of where they live) or members of the same households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors (collectively, "Contest Entities") are not eligible. All applicable federal, state, and local rules apply. Void in Alaska, Hawaii, and where prohibited or restricted by law.


  1. CONTEST DESCRIPTION: The Contest provides entrants an opportunity to write an essay of 200 words or less which describes why they deserve to take part in Whitney Thore's "A Fat Girl Dancing" Dance Party to be held in Greensboro, NC, on October 21, 2015 ("Entry"). Entrants will have the option of submitting an original photo of themselves, but doing so is not required for entry. The Entries will be judged according to the process and criteria set forth in Section 8; photos will not be judged. The Entries will be judged according to the process and criteria set forth in Section 8.


  • Entry Submission Period: The Entry Submission Period will begin at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time ("ET") on September 9, 2015, and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on October 7, 2015. The Sponsor's computer or that of its designee is the official timekeeper for this Contest.
  • Winner Notification: Potential winners will be contacted on or about October 9, 2015.


  1. TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY: Visit the Contest page at during the Contest Period, complete the online entry form, and follow the instructions to submit your essay. If you wish, you may also submit an original photo of yourself, but the photo will not be judged nor will it be used to determine the winner of the Contest. Directions on how to upload the photo will be included on the entry page. The photo may be in color or black and white, must be only in GIF (.gif) or JPEG (.jpg) format and may not exceed a file size of 4 megabytes. Files exceeding the maximum size will not be accepted. Photo must be the property of the entrant; entrant must know the names and addresses of all identifiable persons in the photo and must have permission from those persons to submit the photo.


Entries must be received by Sponsor's server by 11:59 PM ET on October 7, 2015. Refer to Section 5 for more details regarding the requirements for your Entry. You may enter more than once, however each Entry must be different and must comply with these Official Rules. Duplicate entries will be void. For the avoidance of doubt, entrant must own or have the right to convey any and all rights, title and interest in and to the Entry. Submitting an Entry that is copyrighted by another individual will make you responsible for any legal action the legal copyright holder might take against you.


  1. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRIES: Entry essays must be submitted in English and may not contain any personal identification information, such as names, e-mail addresses or street addresses. Any elements that appear in the Entry must be entirely original, created by the entrant, or be in the public domain. Use of any elements that are not original or in the public domain will result in disqualification of an Entry, in Sponsor's sole discretion. Entries that do not include all required information and do not adhere to the foregoing and following requirements will be considered void and will not be considered in the judging of this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entry at any time which, in the Sponsor's reasonable opinion [a] is deemed to be immoral, obscene, profane, defamatory or not in keeping with Sponsor's image; [b] describes dangerous conduct, stunts or tricks that could lead to physical injury or property damage; [c] endangers the safety or well being of any person; [d] contains any third party materials or otherwise violates or infringes (or may infringe) on any copyright, trademark, logo or other proprietary right of any person living or deceased; [e] defames or invades the privacy or publicity rights of any person, living or deceased; or [f] is in violation of these Official Rules.


  1. ENTRANT'S REPRESENTATIONS: By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that [a] you are the creator of the Entry, [b] the Entry is wholly original, [c] the Entry is true and verifiable, [d] the Entry does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party, and does not defame any person or identify any person by name or other identifying information, [e] the Entry has not previously been entered in any other contest, [f] the Entry has not been previously published in any medium, [g] the Entry does not violate any law or regulation, [h] you own all rights to your Entry (including, without limitation, any copyrights contained therein), [i] you agree to waive any claim for reimbursement for any equipment or materials necessary to submit an Entry regardless of whether or not that Entry is selected for any prize. Sponsor's determination as to whether any Entry potentially violates the rights of any third party is final.


  1. 7. SPONSOR'S RIGHTS TO ENTRIES: Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. By submitting an Entry, you grant the Sponsor and its affiliated companies the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use the Entry (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party. By submitting an Entry, you forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, patent rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights in the Entry that may preclude the Contest Entities' use of the Entry, or require your permission for the Contest Entities to use the Entry. By submitting an Entry, you further agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against any Contest Entity, or any other person, on the grounds that any use of the Entry, or any derivative works, infringe any of your rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, or moral rights. You further acknowledge that the Sponsor is in no way obligated to broadcast, publish or use your Entry in any way. Nothing herein shall constitute an employment, joint venture, or partnership relationship between you and the Sponsor. In no way are you to be construed as the agent or to be acting as the agent of the Sponsor.


  1. JUDGING: All Entries will first be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria. Then, a panel of judges selected by the Sponsor will score qualifying Entries using the following Judging Criteria, weighted equally: [a] Originality, [b] Content, [c] Relevance to the Contest theme, and [d] Sincerity. The judges will rank all eligible Entries received. The three (3) highest scoring Entries will be deemed Grand Prize winners. In the event of a tie at any level, the Originality score will be used as a tiebreaker. The decisions of Sponsor and Judges are final and binding in all matters.


Notwithstanding any other provision of these Official Rules, if at any time during the Contest Period, the Sponsor determines that not enough or no eligible entrants exist from which to determine the winners, then Sponsor may in its sole and exclusive discretion determine that not enough or no eligible contestants exist, and then may either suspend or terminate the Contest or modify it (or any parts thereof) in any equitable manner that Sponsor deems appropriate in its sole and exclusive discretion, including, without limitation, by not awarding and or all of the prize set forth in these Official Rules.


  1. PRIZES: Three (3) Grand Prizes will be awarded, each consisting of a trip for the winner and one guest to Greensboro, NC, where the winner will participate in a Whitney Thore "A Fat Girl Dancing" Dance Party, to be held on November 4, 2015. The prize consists of round trip coach air travel for two (2) people to Greensboro, NC, from a major commercial airport near winner's residence (as determined by Sponsor), double-occupancy hotel accommodations for 3 days/2 nights, airport/hotel transfers, and $500 spending money. Winners must take the trip at the time to be determined by the Sponsor or they will forfeit the prize in its entirety. Approximate retail value ("ARV") of prize is $3,500. Actual value will be determined by winner's residence and seasonal rates. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability and certain restrictions. Winner and guest must travel on the same itinerary and will be responsible for all necessary travel authorizations, for any travel insurance and for all trip expenses not specified. Air carriers, hotels and other transportation will be selected by Sponsor. If winner lives within 100 miles of Greensboro, NC (as determined by Sponsor), Sponsor reserves the right to substitute ground transportation in lieu of airfare at its sole discretion, and any difference in value will not be awarded.


No prize transfer or cash redemption permitted. No prize substitution, in whole or in part, except by Sponsor due to prize unavailability, safety or security considerations, or any other reason as solely determined by Sponsor, in which case a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded. All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.


  1. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified on or about October 9, 2015, by telephone at the telephone number stated in the entry submission and/or by email at the email address used at time of entry submission If a potential winner is not available or if there is no answer at the time a notification telephone call is made, a phone message will be left (if possible). Any such email or phone message will instruct the potential winner to call a specified telephone number within twenty-four (24) hours after the time that the notification message was left. A potential winner must call the specified number, identify him/herself and confirm his/her eligibility and availability for him/herself and his/her guest to travel to Greensboro, NC, and take part in the Dance Party. If the potential winner and/or his/her Guest is unable to travel to Greensboro, NC on the dates specified (estimated to be November 3-5, 2015), he/she must forfeit prize and an alternate winner will be chosen and contacted. If the selected winner cannot be reached when telephone and/or email notification is attempted, is not eligible to win, or does not verbally confirm at that time his/her acceptance of the prize, he/she forfeits the prize which will be awarded to the entrant whose entry received the next highest score, pending verification of eligibility.


Each potential winner will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, liability and (where legal) publicity release which must be returned within time period specified in the notification letter or, at Sponsor's sole discretion, a potential winner may be disqualified and if so, an alternate potential winner will be selected. Inability to contact a winner or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in the prize being forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Each winner's guest, who must be 18 years of age or older, will be required to complete and return a notarized liability/publicity release prior to issuance of travel documents. Each winner or winner's guest must provide hotel with a major credit card issued in one of their names to cover room security and incidental expenses.


Each potential winner and his/her guest will be required to submit to, and cooperate in, a confidential background check to confirm eligibility and to help ensure that the use of any such person in advertising or publicity for the Sponsor or this Sweepstakes will not reflect unfavorably on the Sponsor, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.


By accepting a prize, each winner and his/her guest represent that they understand that travel, whether by plane, automobile, or other conveyance, or by foot, contains some inherent element of risk of accident, illness, injury, loss or death, which may be caused by negligence, forces of nature, or other agencies, known or unknown. Each winner and guest represent that they recognize that such risks may be present at any time before, during and after the trip. In order to be considered a winner and partake of the enjoyment of this trip, the winner and his/her guest must be willing to accept the risk, and to confirm their acceptance to such risk in writing at Sponsor's request.


  1. PRIZE PUBLICITY: Each potential winner and his/her guest will be required to provide written consent to be filmed during the Dance Party and to permit the live and/or recorded broadcast, publication, or other use of said film footage, in whole or in part, by Sponsor, and those acting on its behalf, for advertising or commercial purpose, worldwide without limitation and without additional compensation. Each winner and his/her guest agree to grant Sponsor the results and proceeds of the film footage (hereunder "Materials") with the right for the full period of copyright, including all extensions and renewals thereof, and thereafter in perpetuity, throughout the world, to use and re-use all or any part of the Materials for the purpose of making and producing television programs and other works, and advertising, publicizing and exploiting the same, by all means and in all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, and to authorize others to do so. Neither a winner, his/her Guest, nor any other party now or hereafter having an interest in the Materials shall have any right or action against Sponsor or any Sweepstakes Entities or any other party arising out of any use of said Materials. Each winner and his/her guest further agree that Sponsor may elect, in its sole discretion, to not use the Materials or to use only a portion of the Materials. The requirements of this section are void where prohibited by law.


  1. GENERAL CONDITIONS: In the event that any entrant is age 18 or older (as is required for entry) but has not yet reached the age of majority in his/her state of residence, such entrant's parent agrees to all conditions of these Official Rules on behalf of such entrant, and further agrees to co-sign any required documents if such entrant is chosen as a potential winner. In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: [a] suspend or modify the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; [b] award prize according to the Judging Criteria from among the eligible Entries received up to the time of the impairment; or [c] to proceed in such a manner as may be deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Any questionable activity that increases votes for a submission will result in disqualification or similar action. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any participant who is suspected of tampering with the submission, voting or selection process. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In the event of any discrepancy between these Official Rules, abbreviated versions or Contest-related advertising or disclosures, these Official Rules shall prevail.


  1. RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary and related companies, other companies associated with the promotion and operation of the Contest, and the respective officers, directors, employees, and agents of each (the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use/misuse of any prize, including, but not limited to: [a] unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; [b] technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; [c] printing errors or any errors made in the advertisement of the Contest; [d] lost, late, illegible, incomplete, misdirected, damaged, destroyed or mutilated Entries, or for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operations or transmissions, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alterations of Entry materials or failures in transmission of Entries; [e] errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of Entries; [f] injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Contest or receipt of any prize; or [g] lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail. Entrant shall not receive any compensation or credit for use of an Entry other than that disclosed in these Official Rules. Entrants further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties' liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney's fees. Entrants waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages. Without limiting the foregoing, the Contest, all prizes, and all materials provided on or through any Contest website are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.


All attendees at the Dance Party must agree to release and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of attendance at and/or participation in the Dance Party. All attendees at the Dance Party must further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties' liability will be limited to the cost of attending the Dance Party, if any, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney's fees. All attendees must agree to waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages. . Any failure of the attendees at the Dance Party to release and hold harmless the Released Parties will result in forfeiture of the prize, at Sponsor's sole discretion.


  1. INDEMNITY: By submitting an Entry, you agree to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Released Parties due to or arising out of your Entry, or your conduct in creating an Entry or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to: claims for trademark infringement; copyright infringement; violation of an individual's right of publicity or right of privacy; or defamation.


  1. PUBLICITY: By submitting an Entry, you grant to Sponsor and its affiliated companies the right, except where prohibited by law, to use your name, likeness, picture, address (city and state), voice, biographical information, Entry and written or oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes in promoting or publicizing Sponsor, its affiliated companies, and the products or services of each, in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, without compensation unless required by law. You shall have no right of approval, no claim to compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration, or use in composite form of your name, picture, likeness, address (city and state), biographical information, or Entry.


  1. PRIVACY: Information submitted in connection with the Contest will be treated in accordance with these Official Rules and Sponsor's Privacy Policy (as may be amended from time to time), currently located at, provided, that in the event of any conflict between these Official Rules and such Privacy Policy, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules shall prevail. By entering this Contest, you agree that Sponsor may share your personal information with the Contest Entities for the purpose of winner verification and prize fulfillment in the event that you are chosen as a potential winner.


  1. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of Maryland. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant's rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland.


  1. RULES/WINNER LIST: For a copy of these Official Rules or for a Winner List (please specify), mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by November 30, 2015, to: TLC's Whitney Live Dance Party Contest Rules or Winner List, PMI Station, PO Box 750, Southbury, CT 06488-0750


Sponsor: Discovery Communications, LLC, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Promotion Administrator: Promotion Mechanics, Inc., 87 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470.


(C)2015 Discovery Communications, LLC All rights reserved.


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