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Entertainers hope to take grand prize in talent show finale

Posted: September 5, 2012 - 12:08am
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Pyroteque, selected as a finalist for the Columbia County Amateur Series, performed at the Columbia County Amphitheater in July.   Special Photo
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Pyroteque, selected as a finalist for the Columbia County Amateur Series, performed at the Columbia County Amphitheater in July.

Five acts compete Saturday to become champion of Columbia County’s talent series.

After nearly three months and 10 Friday night shows, the finalists of the inaugural Columbia County Amateur Series have been whittled down to five: Steel Cross, Dayz to Come, Pyroteque, Miranda P. and She N She.

The series, modeled after America’s Got Talent, featured nearly 40 performers of all ages.

The winner for each month secured a spot in the finale. In June there was a tie between Steel Cross and Dayz to Come and in July the winners of both a variety and regular talent performance were chosen to compete in the finale.

Scoring was compiled from judges, audience votes and a decibel reader used to measure applause.

“It was like sitting in the audience of a live taped television show,” said county Rental Facilities and Venues Manager Sandy Boner, who helped organize the program. “It was a production each and every night.”

The free finale will be held at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion. Gates at Evans Towne Center Park open at 4:30 p.m.

Several fan favorites not competing in the finale will entertain the crowd beginning at 5 p.m.

Contestant performances begin at 7 p.m. Four are musical acts and Pyroteque is a fire performance troupe, Boner said.

Judges will deliberate after all entertainers have finished and announce a winner that night.

“The audience reaction is part of what the judges will consider, but it’s strictly the judges who will choose the winner,” Boner said.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

“The first-place winner, first and foremost, will be brought to the judges of America’s Got Talent,” Boner said. “They will be skipped to the front of the line.”

The top act also will open for Eddie Money and Starship when they perform Oct. 12 in Columbia County, and receive studio time and a professional photo shoot, in addition to other prizes, Boner said.

Entertainers who finish in second and third place will have a performance video submitted to judges at America’s Got Talent, she said.

The series received “excellent feedback,” with crowd sizes averaging between 350 and 400 people each night, Boner said.

The county is moving forward with plans to hold the talent shows again next year, she added.

For information about the Columbia County Amateur Series, visit www.ccamateurseries.com.

IF YOU GO

What: Columbia County Amateur Series finale

When: Saturday; Gates open at 4:30 p.m., pre-show at 5 p.m. and finale at 7 p.m.

Where: Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Towne Center Park

Cost: Free

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