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FINALISTS NAMED: Front, (L/R) Joe Atchinson, Lauren Thomas and Jessica Rex along with Drew Brady (Back Row) were named Finalists. Also pictured are Judges Kathy Lagalo, Dick Bork and Tommy Anderson. (Not Pictured: Finalist - Kevin Sackit)

Atchinson, Rex, Thomas, Brady & Sackit Get Gold Ticket to July 2nd Finals

New 4-Week Segment Begins May 14 For a Chance to Sing at Labadie Pig Gig

May 11, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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The first 4-week segment of competition is over at Stables in Bay City. Five singers got their "gold ticket" into the Michigan's Got Talent July 2nd Finals.

Kevin Sackit, Joe Atchinson, Jessica Rex, Lauren Thomas and Drew Brady all received high praise from the judges, who openly admitted that more than five of the competitors deserved a pass to the Finals. "We're going to pick five Finalists after every 4-week segment," said head judge Dick Bork. "Some didn't make it tonight but they will certainly get in during the next elimination rounds," Bork said.

"It was a good night for talent," said, judge Tommy Anderson. "We had outstanding performances," Anderson went on. "Just about everyone seemed to nail their performance tonight."

Joe Atchinson

Drew Brady

Tanya Branch

Geno Cummings

Mark Kelley

Chuck Kirkbride

Jessica Rex

Kevin Sackit

Lauren Thomas

Sponsors for the 17-week program that will include on-line voting once the 15 finalists are chose are: Starlyte Productions/Tri-City Party Rentals, Clock Doctor, Bay City Bakery, AP Sites, Dick Bork of Labadie New & Used Cars and Sheri Deardoff of Bay Area Real Estate.

The Four week finals week will hold a Rock week where finalist must sing a song in the rock and roll category followed by Country, Mo-Town and then a Free - For All.

You can guaranteed this week will be in full costume!

Winner of that 4 week competition will win a trip to Hooters Hotel in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, AND a spot to perform in the Labadie Pig Gig Concert on August 3, 2008 this summer in Bay City's Veterans' Memorial Park!

Manager John Buehl says . . . "Come on out Wednesday nights and enjoy a Martini with 54 flavors to choose from . . . or visit with the crew from . . . or just sit back, relax and enjoy a night of great entertainment, fun laughs and good company.

(Above Left) The always entertaining Jessica Rex had a great performance. (Above Right) Tanya Branch traveled an hour to compete in the competition. Her performance definitely livened up the night! Hell Yeah!

(Above Left) The always beautiful Lauren Thomas looks on as she watches the other singers. (Above Right) Not only does Geno Cummings put everything he's got into his performances, he also dressed the part. Cool shirt Geno . . .

CLICK HERE or Click the Image (Above) to view the Bay City Stables' version of the Dire Straits classic rendition of "Money For Nothing" . . ."I Want My MTV" . . . Featuring Doug Dore and O.J. Cunningham (Pictured) along with Tommy Anderson and Dick Bork.
(Video By Julie Munger, Entertainment Editor)

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