Pam Tillis To Host Colgate Country Showdown Talent Search Competition in Branson

A talent search event that has launched more Country Music stars than any other competition is coming to Branson’s Welk Resort Theatre on Friday, April 13. Country Music superstar Pam Tillis will host a first-round competition Colgate Country Showdown on April 13 at 8 p.m.

KHOZ Radio 102.9 in Harrison, Arkansas is partnering with the Welk Resort Theatre to present the April 13 event. Between 8 and 10 contestants will perform live, backed by Pam Tillis’Nashville/touring band. General admission to the live event is $10. Tickets are available at the Welk Resort Theatre Box Office, by phone at 417-337-7469, on-line at and at KHOZ in Harrison.

In addition to hosting the Colgate Country Showdown and appearing in the BransonFest 2007 Big Show on Friday afternoon, Pam Tillis will also give fans a sneak preview of her new CD due out April 17 called “Rhinestoned, Bridges Present and Past.”

Colgate Country Showdown
Long before American Idol or Nashville Star, there was a long-running American icon called the Colgate Country Showdown. Now in its 26th year, the Showdown has been a career-booster for more future country music stars than any other contest in history. The Showdown was the first national event to spotlight Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Billy Dean, Billy Ray Cyrus and a stage full of other performers who went on to earn major recording contracts.

The talent search is produced by Special Promotions, Inc. (SPI) of Nashville and backed by Colgate. The Colgate Country Showdown attracts more than 10,000 acts annually through partnerships with over 470 radio stations across America. Local winners compete for state championships and state winners go on to five regional contests. The five regional winners contend for the national title on a syndicated television special judged by a panel of distinguished music industry professionals. Great American Country (GAC) airs the special during primetime in May and the show is also carried internationally on the overseas network. The winner of the Showdown’s National Final takes home a cash prize of $100,000. An additional $300,000 in cash prizes is awarded each year at the various other levels.

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