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LeAnn Rimes Hosts the $100,000 Country Showdown | 03/07/2012 

Nashville, TN, (March 7, 2012) - America’s largest and longest running country music talent search, the 30th Annual Country Showdown National Final, will air on nationally syndicated television this spring. LeAnn Rimes hosts the show from the stage of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for the sixth consecutive year. Five talented rising country artists compete for $100,000 and the title, “Best New Act in Country Music.” To find your local television listing information, please visit, .

The five National Finalists were chosen through a series of over 450 local, state, and regional live shows produced by country music radio stations held throughout the country. Local winners then advance to State and Regional Showdowns held at major entertainment venues where the field is narrowed to five National Finalists.

With cash prizes at various levels, the Country Showdown is the best high stakes competition in country music with a uniform judging system. Some of country music’s biggest names like Willie Nelson, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell and Loretta Lynn have hosted and performed at the Country Showdown.

About Country Showdown: 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 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, and Miranda Lambert.

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