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Rachel Crow promotes 'Rio 2' with appearance at 'Rio 2' billboard unveiling

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Former "X Factor" U.S. contestant Rachel Crow, 16, is making personal appearances to promote the animated film "Rio 2," in which she has a role as the voice of a bird named Carla.

On March 18, 2014, she attended the unveiling of a "Rio 2" billboard in Los Angeles. The billboard is located at 8755 Sunset Boulevard, at the corner of Sunset and Sherbourne. The event included samba dancers and film-themed activations in the adjacent parking lot created a unique visual feast for motorists and pedestrians.

"Rio 2" is the sequel to 2011's "Rio."

Here is 20th Century Fox's description of "Rio 2."

"The entire cast of the animated smash 'Rio' returns in 'Rio 2,' and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth."

Crow is the voice of Carla, the eldest daughter of Blu and Jewel.

Crow came in fifth place on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2011. People who watched the show that year may remember her spunky personality and the high praise she received for her big-voiced singing style. She is also remembered for breaking down and crying on stage in a controversial elimination that caused a backlash against judge Nicole Scherzinger, who was largely blamed for casting the deciding vote to eliminate Crow.

Crow is signed to Syco Music/Columbia Records, which released her self-titled EP in June 2012. Even though Rachel did a high-profile summer tour as the opening act for Big Time Rush, the EP was a flop. Her career as an actress has fared much better. Under a development deal with Nickelodeon, she has made guest appearances on NBC's "The Office" and Nickelodeon shows "Big Time Rush," "Figure It Out" and "Fred: The Show." On Nov. 22, 2012, Crow participated in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which NBC telecast live in the United States.

Crow, who was adopted when she was a baby, also appeared in the CBS adoption special "A Home for the Holidays," which premiered in the U.S on CBS on Dec. 19, 2012. Performers in the TV special included Rascal Flatts, Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips. Presenters for the TV special included Wayne Brady, Kevin Frazier and Jillian Michaels.


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