Top Hit Like A Girl Contestants Make The Cut As Finalists

Celebrity Judges To Make The Ultimate Decisions To Be Announced April 3, 2014

It’s getting down to the wire for Hit Like A Girl 2014, the global contest for female drummers. The public voting came to an end this weekend and all of the finalists, chosen by friends, fans, and sponsors have been chosen. There are now twenty-two finalists in the 18+ category and twenty in the Under 18 category. Fifteen countries are represented in the finals group including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.

FAN VOTING VICTORS

The winners in the Under 18 fan voting include Issey (Indonesia), Milana (US), Avelyn C (US), Payton Taylor (US), Selma (France), Maddie M. (US), Roo (US), Nat Drum-Her (US), CatDrummerGirl (US), and Daga (Poland).

The winners in the 18+ fan voting include Lorena Perez Batista (Venezuela), Tosha Jones (US), Fer Fuentes (Chile), Rikki Woods (US), Vivien Tiszai (Hungary), Corlie Hervé (France), J-Burd (US), Alana Dym (US) Stephie G (US), and Vicky ‘Buttfairy’ Reader (UK).

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Over the weekend we asked our sponsor judges, including the editors of DRUM!, to choose twp more finalists. Associate editor Andrew Lentz said “It’s so tough. There are 20 to 30 women who are at a very high level of skill. Since they all play different styles, you're not always comparing apple to apples. It's difficult to say one artist is better than another.” But the judges conferred and added two outstanding choices to the finals in the 18+ category. Asli Polat (Turkey), and Louise Bartle (UK). For a complete list of finalists visit http://www.hitlikeagirl.com.

NOW IT’S UP TO THE CELEBRITY JUDGES: WINNERS ANNOUNCED LIVE APRIL 3 ON DRUMCHANNEL

Sheila E, Dawn Richardson, Cindy Blackman and the other celebrity judges now have their work cut out for them. They’ll review the entry videos and score contestants in ten categories such as technique, groove, and style before choosing the winners. They’ll be profiled and discussed in a live Drumchannel.com event April 3, 2014.

PRIZES: EVERYONE WINS

The top three finalists are guaranteed to win acoustic or electronic drum sets from Pacific Drums & Percussion or Yamaha DTX Drums. Runners-up 3 through 10 will receive additional prizes that may include drums, hardware, cases, sticks, and heads.

CELEBRITY JUDGES

  • Emmanuele Caplette
  • Hannah Ford
  • Jess Bowen
  • Meytal Cohen
  • Dawn Richardson
  • Alexey Poblete
  • Senri Kawaguchi
  • Emily Dolan-Davies
  • Valeria Sepulveda
  • Allison Miller
  • Lux
  • Sheila E
  • Kate Schellenbach
  • Nia Lovelis
  • Jen ledger
  • Didi Negron

INDUSTRY JUDGES

  • Mindy Abovitz
  • Craigie Zildjian
  • Sarah Heil
  • Michelle Levitt
  • Kim Willis
  • Jordan Liffengren
  • Prudence Elliott

SPONSORS

  • Ahead
  • Alfred
  • Avedis Zildjian
  • Bateros-com
  • Big Bang Distribution
  • Cleartune
  • Crush Drums
  • Dark Horse Percussion
  • ddrum
  • Drum For Goodness Sake
  • Drum Guru
  • DRUM! Magazine
  • Drum Workshop
  • Drumchannel.com
  • Drummer Cafe
  • Enter Music Network
  • Evans
  • Go Pro
  • Guitar Center
  • Heil Sound
  • Hudson
  • Indian Drummer
  • Innovative percussion
  • Kickport
  • Music Radar
  • OnlineDrummer
  • Overtone Labs
  • Pacific Drums & Percussion
  • Percussion Marketing Council
  • Percussive Arts Society
  • Performance Drumming
  • Planet-Drum
  • Pro-Mark
  • Rhythm Magazine
  • Robert Downs Photography
  • SKB Cases
  • The Black Page
  • Tom Tom Magazine
  • TRX Cymbals
  • Vater
  • Women In Music Network
  • Yamaha DTX

The Hit Like A Girl Contest was founded by DRUM!, Tom Tom and TRX. "Hit Like A Girl" is a trademark of the Percussion Marketing Council. http://www.playdrums.com