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Colgate Country Showdown Finals Show

 

Eddie Montgomery, of Montgomery Gentry,

singing their current hit, Somewthing To Be Proud Of

 

Eddie, along with Troy Gentry, opened the show

for the 24th Annual Colgate Country Showdown

 

Troy Gentry, singing on the Montgomery Gentry hit, My Town

 

The five contestants joined in on My Town

 

Eddie and Troy

 

Kassie DePaiva, singer and actress on the ABC soap One Life To Live,

hosted the Colgate Country Showdown

 

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 would go on to win the contest and the $100,000 prize)

 

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 the show

 

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

 

The youngest contestant was 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 perform was Jessi of Bardstown, KY,

the Northeast regional winner

 

Jessi sang Breakdown Here and God Fearin' Women

 

After a change of wardrobe, the contestants came back to talk about what inspired them to enter the contest and become a singer

 

Michelle Rene

 

Jessi

 

Ashley Ford

 

Catherine Ritter

 

Rebecca Frederick

 

Kassie DePaiva joined the girls and asked questions

as they described their inspirations...

 

...then took the stage and sang a song from her new CD

 

The five girls waited in anticipation...

 

...as Eddie, Kassie and Troy announced the winner

 

Michelle Rene took the prize!

 

Montgomer Gentry, Kassie DePaiva and Michelle Rene

 

Posing for the cameras

 

Michelle Rene showing off her prize...

 

and posing with her parents, John and Lori Nettles

 

After the show, Troy Gentry stood outside in the cold

and signed autographs for fans attending the event