WASHINGTON – After last week's promise — or threat — that Hillary Rodham Clinton will keep her singing to herself as long as her supporters pick a campaign song for her, Clinton's campaign says it's ready to announce the winner "in the coming days" as the votes come in.
Clinton has narrowed the original list of nine songs down to four, but added five more. In the process, her video appeal asking for help received more than 600,000 views.
Stealing a page from the "American Idol" playbook, and another from YouTube.com's most popular clips, Clinton turned to the popular video-sharing site to post her public appeal to choose the campaign song last week.
In the style of self-deprecating humor used in last week's clip (which showed an off-key attempt at singing the national anthem), she pokes a little more fun at herself with some of the not-so-ready for prime time submissions, plus some critics of the contest.
"Are you freaking kidding me?" shouts one skeptic into a camera.
The songs that made it through round one: "Suddenly I see," by KT Tunstall; "Rock This Country!" by Shania Twain; U2's "Beautiful Day;" and "Get Ready," by The Temptations.
The campaign added the five most popular write-in suggestions, too: "Are You Gonna Go My Way," Lenny Kravitz; "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," McFadden & Whitehead; "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," The Police; "You and I," Celine Dion; and "The Best," Tina Turner.