Curb Records recording artist LeAnn Rimes will again host and perform at the 26th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Final on 1/24 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Showdown is the Nation’s largest and longest-running country music talent search and radio promotion.
Each year the competition begins in the spring with country radio stations producing live shows to find the best new talent in their market. These winners then compete at the state and five regional competitions throughout the summer and fall. The five finalists compete for the grand prize of 100,000 at the National Final.
Annually, more than 50,000 artists compete in the Colgate-sponsored local competitions with 450 radio stations throughout the U.S. and over 300,000 in cash prizes are awarded throughout 550+ live competitions. The competition boasts a "who’s who" in the Country Music industry with past local, state and regional winners including Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
The one-hour special is syndicated nationwide by MG Perin and will also air on the GAC (Great American Country) Network.