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Southern Ill. girl featured in national "Cutest Kid Search"

(Source: livewithkelly.tv) (Source: livewithkelly.tv)
Breanna with her new family on adoption day. (Source: Cyndi Louden) Breanna with her new family on adoption day. (Source: Cyndi Louden)
Breanna and her older sister Abigayle on her first Halloween. (Source: Cyndi Louden) Breanna and her older sister Abigayle on her first Halloween. (Source: Cyndi Louden)
(Source: Cyndi Louden) (Source: Cyndi Louden)
Breanna with her matching doll. (Source: Cyndi Louden) Breanna with her matching doll. (Source: Cyndi Louden)
THOMPSONVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

A southern Illinois girl is a semi-finalist in the "Cutest Kid Search" on "LIVE! with Kelly."

Breanna Louden from Thompsonville, Ill. is 3 years old and is in the Baby category.

Voting was to go until 11 p.m. Thursday on www.livewithkelly.tv

However, according to the publicity coordinator at 'Live with Kelly,' the website has suffered a technical issue and voting for Thursday's "Cutest Kid Search" semi-finalists has been suspended.  

Next week the photos of Thursday's semi-finalists will run again and voting will resume.  She adds that "no votes from today will count."

The day next week set aside for voting has yet to be determined.

Cindy and Travis Louden adopted Breanna when she was four months old. Breanna had been severely abused by her biological father who is still in prison. The Loudens were told she'd probably not be able to see and would be brain-damaged. Breanna joined them and their other adopted daughter and has grown into an adorable little girl with no medical complications.

Each days' entries will constitute a separate entry pool. From each of the daily entry pools one winner will be selected as that day's winner. Breanna was one of six semi-finalists revealed on Thursday.

Nearly 100,000 entries were submitted for consideration in two categories: Babies, for little ones between the ages of 6-48 months, and Big Kids, for 4 to 8-year-olds.

Three finalists in each category will be flown to New York City to appear on "LIVE" and participate in a professional photo shoot.

The finalists will be announced live on the air on September 10.

The winning Baby and the winning Big Kid each will enjoy a 7-day cruise for a family of four aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. The "Cutest Kid" winner with the most overall votes also will receive a fully-loaded, brand-new 2013 Dodge Journey for his or her family.

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