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Colgate Country Showdown Rehearsals


The contestants of the 24th Annual Colgate Country Showdown are (l-r)

Michelle Rene, Jessi, Ashley Ford, Catherine Ritter and Rebecca Frederick

at the rehearsal for the show


First up was Ashley Ford from Cavalier, ND. 

Ashley was the Midwest regional winner


Ashley sang There You Are and God Fearin Women


Next up was Michelle Rene, the West regional winner from Phoenix, AZ.


Michelle sang Heart of Love and Cowgirl Heart Of Mine


Rebecca Frederick of Ada, OK, Southwest regional winner,

was next to take center stage at the Ryman during rehearsals


Rebecca sang Lovin' In The Mud and Nothing Like A Song


The youngest contestant is Southeast regional winner,

17 year old Catherine Ritter of Linden, TN


Catherine sang Mississippi Girl and When I Think About Cheating


The final contestant to rehearse was Jessi of Bardstown, KY,

the Northeast regional winner


Jessi sang Breakdown Here and God Fearin' Women


Show host Kassie DePaiva, singer and star of the ABC soap opera, One Life To Life, and Jessi took a moment to share a smile...


...before Kassie took the stage and sang for the audience


Kassie has sung at the Grand Ole Opry, along with acting on television


After each contestant had rehearsal time to practice their songs, the group sat with Kassie and talked about their individual inspiration to enter the Colgate Country Showdown contest


As each contestant talked or sang, their photo was show on

the billboard-sized television monitor behind them


Michelle Rene


Jessie took her turn at the mic,

explaining her reason for entering the contest...


...before singing again


Next up was Ashley Ford


Jessi looks on as Ashley sings her inspiration song


Catherine Ritter explained how it was her mother that influenced her


After singing her song, Catherine looked on... Rebecca Frederick spoke about her inspiration


Rebecca, singing another song


Afterwards, the contestants, along with Kassie (l) posed for a group shot


On Thursday morning, the contestants held a press conference, answering questions about their tryouts and paths along the way to reaching the finals