Grand Prize Winner of SPIN's Hot Pursuit to be Announced Thursday!

Larry Fitzmaurice

After months of voting by both this year's celebrity judges -- songwriter Butch Walker, Peter Bjorn & John's Peter Moren, the Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer, comedian Michael Showalter, and Spin Editor Doug Brod -- and you, the readers, the second annual installment of the Hot Pursuit talent search (presented by Spin, Hennessy, and Music Nation), has almost reached its end.The winning band -- selected from more than 500 finalists -- that's been deemed worthy of rocking out will be announced Thursday, here on victors will receive a record deal with Original Signal/Epic Records, a brand-new Gibson SG guitar and bass, national press coverage in Spin, and a performance slot at Spin's Year in Music party.

So check back here Thursday to find out which artist or band has been selected to make it big.And to hold you over, Spin Editor Doug Brod has given his top five personal picks for who should be possible winners of the Hot Pursuit; check them out below:

Doug Brod's Hot Pursuit Picks:

1. Wonderfool
2. the Lashes
3. Patrick Joseph
4. The Motion Sick
5. Rocket

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