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On-Line Voting Starts For Stables' Singers in Michigan's Got Talent

Vote For Your Top 5 Once a Day -- Every Day

July 3, 2008       14 Comments
By: O. J. Cunningham

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It's "Go Time" at Stables Martini & Cigar Bar on Bay City's West Side..

On Wednesday, July 2, judges picked the last five performers to compete in the semi-finals of the Michigan's Got Talent II competition.

That brings the total number of finalists to 15. And these 15 will compete over the next four weeks leading up to Pig Gig Weekend.

Each week, the performers will compete, singing a different kind of music.

  • July 9 -- Rock & Roll
  • July 16 -- Country Music
  • July 23 -- MoTown
  • July 30 -- Singer's Choice

    On July 30, the judges will choose 5 performers to appear Friday night (August 1) on the big stage at the Pig Gig as the lead-in act for Eddie Money.

    The Grand Prize winner will be named after the Friday night performances. The winner will receive a all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and will also be the "Opening Act" for the Grass Roots on Sunday at Pig Gig.

    (Last Year's winner was Steve Armstrong.) Click here to see Armstrong's 2007 winning Friday night performance.

    On-Line Voting begins today. You can vote once per day (every day) for your top 5 favorites in the competition. And you can come to Stables every Wednesday to see your favorites in person or you can watch full-performance video here at MyBayCity on the following Sunday.

    Click the links below the write-ups on each singer to see all previous videos of that performer during their career at Stables' competition. (NOTE: MyBayCity has over 500 videos posted on YouTube)

    (NOTE: MyBayCity Publisher, O. J. Cunningham, has seen every performance at Stables over the past two years. The comments on the individual singers below are insights from his ongoing observation. He thinks you're an awesome group of performers.)

    Always a surprise for the crowd as he moves in and out of musical genres. Comfortable with a 60's ballad as with a current pop hit.

    Drew Brady
    Long-haired "rocker" in the Journey, REO Speedwagon, tradition. Yet, comfortable with Elton John, Van Halen and most any style. A beautiful voice.

    Bridgette Ballor
    Entered the contest as a 14-year-old little girl. Transformed into a charming young lady with one, very special voice. One to watch!

    Joe Atchinson
    Comfortable with Country and Aerosmith. When he's "on", his voice puts his mark on each song he sings.

    Geno Cummings
    Blues Harmonica player -- And a solid singer too. Passionate about his music and his performance. When he's focused, he's a talent to be enjoyed and applauded.

    Joe Dipiero
    Young, talented singer-guitar player. Depending on song selection, he can be great and/or sensational. You might say: DiPiero has superman potential -- and he's flying higher with every Stables' performance.

    Di Marie
    When she sings, the crowd at Stables listens. A singer with Country-girl charm and a truly beautiful voice. Her performances are "right on" and her songs completely fill the room.

    Mark Kelley
    Mark is a multi-talented (guitar, harmonica) performer who belongs on-stage. Made "points" with the judges for his original music but his Jimmy Stewart impersonation was show-stopping.

    Chuck Kirkbride
    Chuck is "Mr. Sunshine." Always entertaining, always prepared and genuinely loves the singing competition. A crowd favorite!

    Debbie Kirkbride
    Veteran karaoke performer who enjoys the spotlight and the performance. Enjoys the camaraderie of the night. Is a joy to hear and to listen to.

    Kevin Sackett
    Kevin has a "There's Trouble in River City" kinda voice. Seems like he just stepped off a Broadway musical stage. Some in the Stables crowd refer to him as "The Voice."

    Jessica Rex
    The girl of many hair colors and outfits. Sincere about her music. The judges keep telling her to stay focused and be more careful about her song selection.

    Steve & Steve
    Lead guitarist Steve Gould and bass player Steve Solinski seem to improve and "fit together" more with each Stables performance. Gould's vocals are solid and reminiscent of a Bryan Adams or Eagles' performance.

    Lauren Thomas
    Her jazz and blues vocals are a driving music force. Lauren continuously pushes her voice to higher performance levels. She is young but her voice is that of a veteran talent -- not only a voice of strength, but a voice of versatility.

    The Main Attraction (TMA)
    Chris Cerbus & Matt Wazbinski write and perform well-designed, energetic and entertaining hip-hop rap. Their dynamic choreographed performance fills the stage with music and has created a strong following.

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    Alayna Gibbons says:       On July 05, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    If The Main Attraction or Bridgette Ballor doesn't make it all the way there's something wrong! They get the most YouTube plays and the biggest movement from the crowd!!!
    Krystal Remmington says:       On July 05, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    Bridgette or The Main Attraction better win! They're awesome.
    oj Says:       On July 10, 2008 at 01:49 PM
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    doctobe5678 Says:       On July 10, 2008 at 05:32 PM
    I SOOOOOOOOOO disagree with anyone who thinks that anyone OTHER THAN Di Marie should win! People! Are you tone deaf????? Di Marie has talent, showmanship, and I'm sure she rocks the house!!!!! Get a clue, Bay City!!!!!! The only true musical talent you have in this show is Di and she needs to win!!!!!!!!! Personally, I think someone is stuffing the ballet box...
    OJ Cunningham says:       On July 10, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    Doctor, Doctor, Doctor -- Nobody is stuffing the ballot box. Let's keep it civil and friendly and stop the finger-pointing
    doctobe5678 Says:       On July 10, 2008 at 05:55 PM
    No worries, OJ...that was just my way of making a joke...I'm sure the balloting is on the up & up. Still SORELY DISAPPOINTED that such a shining star as Di Marie isn't rising to the top faster...she's AMAZING!!!!!
    freefallrebound Says:       On July 11, 2008 at 08:46 PM
    hey its matt from TMA
    i just want to thank you all for voting for TMA and all the other contestants :)
    this whole contest is amazing and i'm glad i could be a part of it! Everyone who made it to the finals has amazing talent and it stinks we can only vote for five lol
    as you all know next week is country week and the judges seem to have thought we missed the mark for rock week so come out and see what we have up our sleeve this time ;)
    love you all and God bless
    Cheesh44 Says:       On July 17, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    TMA thinks they can throw in a few country words and call it country. Rap is Rap, not hip-hop, rock, or country.
    mustanggirl says:       On July 18, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    I totally agree with the (previous) TMA comment. I think they are incredibly talented young men, but all they can do is rap. They haven't changed from rap to rock or country like they were supposed to, which I'm pretty sure just threw them out of the running for the top 5. Oh well, better luck next year.
    genocummings Says:       On July 24, 2008 at 02:52 AM
    Ok folks listen up I got a few things to say about this damn compaition as it is suppose to be. first I don't think I did anything that wasn't already done. And second I told everyone that if that's the way this game was going to be played than I was going to do just what I did I went and I went and I got myself some real musicans not ones that play in bars for money but who play for the love of the music.Now for those of you who didn't like that but who still used our equipment well tough titty say's this bad one. and if you can't stand the Heat Than Get Off My Stage. Also I'd like it to be known That this voting thing is way way out of line if anyone has been following it. I for one know that at least 4 of my Family member who live out of state have been voting for myself since they where give the site address and I'm not seeing their votes in the voting so if anyone got the right to say that this voting is skewed it's me.
    %OJ says:       On July 24, 2008 at 05:01 PM
    Geno -- Just an FYI . . . there have been almost 10,000 votes in this competition. You have received just over 200 . . .
    genocummings Says:       On July 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM
    Just FYI OJ that is just what I'm talking about that is just how many times that I myself have voted and all the poeple that I have with me each and every week the Family that has been voting for me from out of state that's never been counted and I know better. So that's why alot of us as well as myself feel that this voting thing is fixed. But that's ok let's see what this week will bring when we all get to do our own thing Free For All Poeple. Let's give it Our Best Shot and may the Best Person Win.
    Agree? or Disagree?

    O. J. Cunningham

    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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