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Drew Brady entertains during the competition . . . and then looks for another song for an encore.

IDOL-like Competition at Stables Is Sure To Heat Up During June

Stable Manager John Buehl Says 'Get Ready for June'

May 25, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: O. J. Cunningham

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A few weeks ago, Joe Atchinson, Jessica Rex, Laure Thomas, Drew Brady & Kevin Sackit earned a spot in the Michigan's Got Talent competition.

In two weeks, another set (4 or 5) of finalists will be added.

Chuck and Debbie Kirkbride, Joe DiPiero, Bridgette Ballor Geno Cummings and Mark Kelley are hoping to join the first group when judges name "gold ticket" winners in two weeks - on Wednesday, June 4th.

"We're still expecting a big turnout for the last 4-6 weeks," said Stables Manager John Buehl. "As soon as school lets out," Buehl said, "We usually get a big rush of singers."

Buehl is referring to a number of competitors from the 2007 edition of the competition that have yet to compete this year.

Karen Powell, Ashley D. January , Kalei Sousa , Tim Draves, Steve Armstrong, Kate Gembrowski, Carl Neveau , Ed Reaume, Jenna Moeggenborg, John Cudworth, Jodie Griffin, Amy Shurlow and Sara Jane have yet to sing this year. Buehl is also hoping that Sarah Schingeck and the group Branded Heart might also make an appearance.

Others that have performed previously but not yet (in this competition) are: Rudy Skillman, Josh Rex, Deanna Cooper, Tarah Bailer, Craig Blanchard, Keagan Cerny, Chris Claude, John Howley, Gwen Kolbiaz, Eric Smith and Emily Thomas.

"It could get very interesting during the next six weeks," said Buehl.

VERY MAGICAL - Magician Tommy Anderson (Also an Mi Talent Judge) entertains MyBayCity Entertainment Editor, Julie McCallum during a break in the competition. At right, is one of the magical martini drinks available at the Stables Martini and Cigar Bar.
(MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)

Chuck and Debbie Kirkbride enjoying the night and the competition.
(MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)

Judges Dick Bork and Tommy Anderson pose for a photo with Mike Bacigalupo, Manager of State Theater. Bacigalupo, who plays locally with the Josh Ramses Band, stopped in to see what all the excitement was on Wednesday night. "You people are having way too much fun," Bacigalupo laughed.
(MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)

Show Emcee Doug Dore and Judge Kathy Lagalo take a break between musical acts.
(MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)
Video Performances From May 21, 2008

Joe Atchinson

Drew Brady

Joe DiPiero

Kevin Sackit

Lauren Thomas

Mark Kelley

Debbie Kirkbride

Chuck Kirkbride

Bridgette Ballor

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 feature a Rock Week (where finalists 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 chance 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."

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O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.

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