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Mayer Hawthorne enters Detroit Thanksgiving Day halftime fray

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If petitioners succeed in pushing Nickelback out of its performance at the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day football game against the Green Bay Packers, Mayer Hawthorne is willing to step in.

The Ann Arbor-raised singer, who recorded most of his new sophomore album, "How Do You Do," in Detroit, has created a video announcing his "candidacy" to take over the slot. In the clip, posted exclusively at RollingStone.com, a sunglassed Hawthorne (real name Andrew Cohen) stands in front of an American flag and says that "I just booked my flight home and I'm going to be eating Turducken with my family and I hear there may be a spot opening up and I need your vote."

Hawthorne asks fans to support his campaign at his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The song "A Long Time" from "How Do You Do," which came out Oct. 11, was inspired by and dedicated to Detroit, according to the singer.

Nickelback is the object of an online petition drive started by a University of Michigan student to get the Canadian band booted from the high-profile slot in favor of an act from Detroit. More than 41,000 have signed on so far.

The last two years' Thanksgiving halftime shows -- which are part of the National Football League's partnership with the United Way -- have featured Kid Rock and a Motown 50th anniversary revue. But previous years' performers have been national artists such as Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, the Goo Goo Dolls, John Fogerty and John Mellencamp.

No announcement has been made about the fate of the halftime show by the league, the Lions, the United Way or Nickelback.

Web Site: www.mayerhawthorne.com

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