Wednesday, December 3, 2008
– For the third consecutive year, LeAnn Rimes will host and perform at the 27th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Final on Jan. 15, 2009 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Showdown is the nation's largest and longest-running country music talent search and radio promotion.
The televised one-hour special is syndicated nationwide. Dean Unkefer, President of Special Promotions, Inc. and producer of the Colgate Country Showdown, commented, "Colgate has been dedicated to helping give aspiring artists the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences and be exposed to industry professionals. We are all excited to have LeAnn join us again at the National Final and look forward to finding the best talent in the nation. Regional winners and judges will be announced in the coming weeks."
Annually, more than 50,000 artists compete in the Colgate-sponsored local spring competitions with 450 radio stations throughout the U.S. and over $300,000 in cash prizes are awarded throughout more than 550 live shows. These winners then compete at the state and five regional competitions throughout the summer and fall. Five finalists compete for the grand prize of $100,000 at the National Final.
All participants are consistently judged on five core criteria: Marketability in Country Music, Vocal/Instrumental Ability, Originality of Performance, Stage Presence/Charisma and Talent. Optional bonus points can be awarded to acts with original music in the Songwriting category.
The competition has included Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert.