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Country Music Showdown

Ekka's Country Music Showdown Presented by Ringers Western 

Ekka’s Country Music Showdown presented by Ringers Western is a place for rising stars to showcase their talent and catch their big break, along with the chance to share in more than $12,500 worth of cash and prizes.

Music artists aged 12 years and over will get a true live music experience when they’re backed by a live band.

For the very first time in 2017, applicants also went into the draw to win a ‘Wildcard Workshop,’ where stage coaching mentor and Judge Rob McGowan will show them the ropes of live performance before they take the main stage.

The first prize in the junior competition is valued at almost $5,000 and includes the sought-after Troy Casser-Daley Ekka Country Music Scholarship to the Tamworth Academy of Country Music, while the prize for the Open Category winner, also valued at almost $5,000, includes a studio recording session with Tarmalin Sound.

Save the date! 2018's Country Music Showdown Competition will be held on Sunday 19 August 2018.

2017 Winners

2017 Open Category Winner - Hannah Marie

Hannah Jones (who goes by the stage name Hannah Marie) impressed the judges by performing her rendition of the song ‘Whiskey Lips', winning the 17+ years of age category.

Fellow emerging artists Amber Goldsmith from Nanango and Ebony Wickham from Brisbane took out second and third place respectively, with all contestants backed by live band The Kelly Gang.

2017 Junior Category Winner - Blake O'Connor

Blake O’Connor hit all the right notes whilst performing the song 'My Old Man', to claim the 16 years of age and under category.

Fellow emerging artists Finnian Johnson from Cessnock and Anais Campbell from Brisbane took out second and third place respectively, with all contestants backed by live band The Kelly Gang.

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   Contact

For general enquiries, contact the Entertainment Department on 07 3253 3900 or via email at rqsentertain1@royalqueenslandshow.com.au

The 2018 Country Music Showdown will be held on Sunday, August 19. Applications will open early 2018.