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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...

 

...as 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