The first contest reached over 250,000 Facebook members. Eventually dubbed "The American Piano Idol" by the media, it was a new concept: upload a video of yourself playing the piano and then have your friends from your Facebook community vote foryou. With the grand prizes being a Knabe Grand Piano, a Steinway Upright and an Aeloian Player Piano, the contest immediately drew a lot of attention and people started uploading a wide assortment of videos in hopes of winning a free piano.
This innovative way of using Facebook and the app behind it is the brainchild of Sonny Dante owner of Sonny's Piano Warehouse in Holbrook, NY and the host and producer of Sonny's PianoTV Show a piano and wellness variety show that airs on Long Island Cablevision and on his website. The Internet personality, entrepreneur and native Long Islander said he wanted to come up with an innovative way to spread the word that piano playing is fun, healthy, relaxing and something everyone can do. His website http://www.SonnysPianoTV.com is an innovative all video TV Channel on the Internet that promote pianos and piano playing for health & well being and though which he buys and sells pianos worldwide.
The first contest was very exciting, votes poured in not just from the US but from many other countries including the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, England, Australia, Japan, Canada and more. The eventual first and second place winners were at times within 10 votes of each other, often trading the lead back and forth several times in one day. The contest built to a crescendo finish with thousands of votes generated for the top three contestants.
Fast forward to Spring 2012. The Grand Prize this time is a brand new Albert Weber Upright Piano,designed by a former Steinway Engineer, Joseph Pramberger. This high end brand new piano is made by the Young Chang Piano Company. Sonny calls Albert Weber Pianos "The Best Kept Secret on The Internet" as "people are just starting to be aware of how good it is". Second Place Prize is an Stief Baby Grand Piano, third place prize is a Wurlitzer Upright and contestants that come in from 7th through 10th will receive a copy of Sonny's Piano Yoga DVD Kit.
Sonny's "Piano Yoga", is a method Sonny developed for learning the piano instantly based on Yoga principles of breathing, relaxing and getting into the flow. His Piano Yoga DVD Kit is also available through his website.
http://SonnysPianoTV.com is an interactive all video website and Internet TV Channel that promotes piano playing for health and well being and features piano and wellness TV shows, tips, lessons, a jazz café and Sonny's piano video gallery with new and used pianos for sale. Sonny's Piano TV Company sells and ships pianos nationwide and worldwide. Sonny also hosts and produces other online TV websites, and his programs run on L.I. Cable TV.
Sonny is available for TV and radio interviews, and other media appearances.
For More Information, please contact:
Sonny's Piano TV
770 Broadway Ave.
Holbrook, NY 11741