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Acclaimed Music Producers, Award-Winning DJs to Judge McDonald's Flavor Battle Finale

McDonald's USA today announced renowned spin veterans/beatsmiths DJ Clue, Just Blaze and GRAMMY Award winner Spinderella will judge three of the nation's hottest, emerging mix-masters as they battle live for $10,000 and the 2013 McDonald's Flavor Battle championship title. DJ/digital guru Funkmaster Flex will emcee the exclusive Finale event Thursday, February 7, at Cameo nightclub in Miami Beach.

"Flavor Battle is an important program for up-and-coming DJs and I'm thrilled to be part of the finale," said Funkmaster Flex. "As a DJ, I love to scratch and mix music, and I know how meaningful it is to the three finalists to show off their skills before some of the most notable names in the industry."

McDonald's Flavor Battle is a national DJ competition featuring some of America's hottest, emerging mix-masters. The competition began online last November with 24 DJs representing three McDonald's iconic burgers and U.S. regions Big Mac (West), Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese (Central) and Angus Third Pounder (East). The top three DJs have advanced to the final round of the competition.

The Flavor Battle Finale is a private event, but anyone can experience the best-in-booth battle via live webcast at FlavorBattle.com, February 7 at 9 p.m. EST. Celebrity blogger and official Flavor Battle Social media correspondent Necole Bitchie will also bring the action alive on Twitter with live updates from the event. Audiophiles everywhere are encouraged to join the conversation at #FlavorBattle.

"After years of working with some of the hottest music artists, I know it takes time to get to a national level of stardom," said Just Blaze. "I look forward to helping select the next Flavor Battle champion. I can't wait to hear the DJs live and see where this competition takes them."

"There are some skilled DJs in this year's final competition," said DJ Clue. "The finalists must have talent to make it this far, but the ultimate champion will have to do more than just mix, they'll have to rock the crowd, and the judges, to take home the title."

More than 400,000 fans voted online and now three finalists DJ Jena Red of Pasadena, Cali., representing the Big Mac and West region; DJ Arty J of St. Louis, Mo., representing the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Central region; and DJ Element of Brooklyn, N.Y., representing the Angus Third Pounder and East region will compete before a panel of industry legends, who will rate them on mixing skills, technique, performance flow and crowd appeal. Ultimately, only one will be crowned the 2013 Flavor Battle champion.


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