April 27, 2007 The 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Final will air Sunday, April 29th, at 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. EST on Great American Country (GAC).
The Colgate Country Showdown is the nation's largest and longest running country music talent search. The National Final took place at the Ryman Auditorium hosted by Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes. The five regional winners who compete for $100,000 are Lindsey Earl (KZUA Show Low, Arizona), Jill James (WDNY Dansville, New York), J Juliano with Adrienne Grove (WUSN Chicago, Illinois), Megan Peeler (WKSK West Jefferson, North Carolina) and Hailey Stout (KSHR Coos Bay, Oregon).
Each year the competition begins in the Spring with more than 450 country radio stations producing live shows to find the best new talent in their markets. Over 50,000 artists compete in local competitions throughout the U.S. Past participants include Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus and Sara Evans. In March, Advertising Age named the Colgate Country Showdown one of America's Top 10 Promotions for the year.