BOUNTIFUL — "Honey-comb's big … yeah yeah yeah! It's not small … no no no!"
Five little girls hope people will vote for their version of that cereal jingle from the 1970s and '80s and earn them $5,000 in the process.
The Holley family found out about the contest one morning while at the breakfast table.
"We saw the advertisement on the back of the Honeycomb cereal box for a Big jingle contest, and my wife said, 'We've got to do this. We've got to have our girls enter this contest.'
They had six days to come up with a jingle video and had to use the original lyrics, but everything else was up to them. Nine-year-old Anna Belle came up with the tune.
"I was just talking to my dad, and he was like, 'What do you think? What kind of tune should we have?" And I just started randomly singing," she said.
That spontaneous song turned into a 30-second jingle. Musician and school teacher Lamar Holley crafted that melody into a tune, with multiple parts of course. The girls, 11-year-old Phebe, 9-year-old Anna Belle, 7-year-old Violet, and 5-year-old June love to sing and dance.
"They have cute little voices, and they're learning to harmonize now," their father said.
"They're great at working together, some of the time," said their mother Linsey.
For the Holley family, including 7-month-old Eloise, the cute approach seems to be working.
"I can't believe we've gotten this far … like … it's crazy," Phebe said.
Honey-comb's nationwide search garnered a wide variety of videos; some upbeat, others more hard rock, and some even had fancy special effects.
The Holley sisters went for a more straightforward approach, and that pushed them through the semifinals and into the top two.
If they pick up the most votes on Facebook, they'll get the $5,000 grand prize.
"They're trying to get their friends to vote," said their mother. "They're going up to strangers on the street, 'You should vote for us!' "
But regardless of the results, the Holleys said they've already won something more important than money.
"Even if we hadn't placed at all, it would have been worth it just to have this family experience together," Lamar said. He makes an appearance at the end of the video because the girls needed someone at least 13 years old in their entry in order to be eligible.
The finalists were chosen by the group We the Kings. But the final winner will be chosen by viewers. The video can be seen at facebook.com/PostHoneycomb. People can vote once a day through Oct. 19.
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