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Aerial Awards radio ad winner: KFC 'Money'

Why January's winner hits all the right notes...

Winners: Jack Smedley and George Hackforth-Jones, creatives, Bartle Bogle Hegarty London

Judge: Ana Balarin, executive creative director, Mother

I chose this ad because…

My favourite ad from the shortlist was "Money" for KFC. A nice little song about a couple who cannot agree on how to spend their savings except, of course, on a bucket of chicken. The music is well crafted, with authentic nods to the brand’s US heritage. The voice is warm and easy on the ear, while carefully written lyrics hold your attention throughout. It could have been perfect had it not played into gender stereotypes but I will let it pass since, out of the bunch, it was the only spot I felt compelled to play twice.

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Winning ad: KFC - ‘Money'

Sung A man and his wife
Had a row about their savings
She wanted a facelift
He’d like the drive re-paving

They’d talked about that money
And still, here they were,
In a row ‘bout having work done
To the grouting or to her

Despite their little tiff
Both could sure agree,
a 10-piece Bargain Bucket
with three extra pieces free!

Is a mighty good deal
To help make them both nicer
So they went to KFC
To discuss a high-yield ISA

Spoken At participating stores only until Jan 29th.


Client KFC
Agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty London
Creatives Jack Smedley and George Hackforth-Jones
Producer Sarah Finnigan-Walsh
Composer Joe Wilkinson
Singer Mac McDonald
Facilities house String and Tins
Engineer Joe Wilkinson

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The Aerials are awarded monthly by Radiocentre to the creative team behind the best radio ads entered at and chosen by an invited creative-director judge.


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