made it official - Kodiak has won a visit from Miami singer Pitbull, and he may
be coming here in less than two weeks.
Spencer, the director of corporate communications for Walmart in Bentonville,
Arkansas, phoned KMXT with the news this morning:
"Kodiak, Alaska is the winner of the Walmart and
Sheets Facebook contest, which means Mr. Worldwide will make his first trip to
Alaska at the end of the month."
said July 30th is the most likely date for Pitbull's appearance, as
it fits in with his current worldwide tour. The singer, whose real name is
Armando Perez, said in a Youtube video he's looking forward to the visit:
"This is Mr. Worldwide. I'm over in Madrid, Spain,
right now, rocking Rio. There's a huge Walmart/Sheets Energy Strips campaign
going on, and I heard Kodiak, Alaska, has the most likes. So I said okay,
great, this sound really good. You got to understand I'd go anywhere in the
world for my fans. With that said, enjoy, and follow me to Kodiak. Dale'."
the contest by racking up over 72,000 likes on Walmart's Facebook page, easily
outpacing any other store in the country. A lot of the attention was spurred on
by Boston Phoenix columnist David Thorpe, who latched on to the idea of sending
Pitbull to the most remote Walmart he could find, which turned out to be
of crying foul over the hijacking of the contest, Pitbull embraced the "Exile
Pitbull" movement on Twitter and turned the tables on Thorpe, inviting him to
join him here in Kodiak. Thorpe, in his column, has agreed to come.
said exactly what Pitbull will do here in Kodiak is still up in the air - it
could be a few songs at the local Walmart, or more:
"Well, we're still thinking everything through, and we
hope to have the exact date and what the appearance details will looking like
in the coming days. I'm not going to confirm anything right now. We're going to
hold onto the suspense as we try to nail everything down, but definitely more
currently has a Top 40 hit with "Back in Time," a song from the new Men in
Black 3 movie.