Country Showdown deadline nears
|Jessica Brown, of Chester, performs Taylor Swift’s “Mean” and Miranda Lambert’s “More Like Her” during the Texaco Country Showdown. Her big brother Zach won the showdown a couple of years ago. File photo|
May 18, 2013 — The Texaco Country Showdown is America's largest Country music talent show and is designed to find the most promising country music talent in the nation and to give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.
The Country Showdown begins each spring with over 450 local talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the U.S. Once again Susanville’s KJDX/KSUE is sponsoring the local competition.
Winners advance to their respective state competitions held at leading fairs and venues. Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the state title and the opportunity to advance to one of five regional finals. It’s the last step before the prestigious, televised national final. This year marks the 32nd annual Country Showdown.
Past Country Showdown contestants include Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Sara Evans and many others.
The Country Showdown is a four-level competition beginning in the spring. Contestants enter at their local country radio station. Winners advance to state competitions that are held in the summer at fairs, festivals and theme parks for a $1,000 prize.
State winners advance to one of five regional events that happen in the fall.
The regional prize is an all-expenses paid trip to the national final to compete on a televised national special for the grand prize of $100,000 and title of “Best New Act in Country Music.”
This year’s deadline is June 1.
To register for the competition, call Ruth Dike at 257-2121 or stop by the KJDX/KSUE radio station and pick up a registration form. You can also register online at countryshowdown.com/HowToEnter.php.
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