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Megan Peeler of Shelby, N.C., was named the winner of the 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown, Jan. 25, in Nashville.

Megan performed the classic hit “Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You)” along with an original song titled “Damsel in Distress.” She receives a $100,000 first prize for her victory. The Colgate Country Showdown is the nation’s longest-running country talent search and helped launch the careers of stars like Garth Brooks, Sara Evans and Billy Ray Cyrus. LeAnn Rimes hosted the show from the Ryman Auditorium and performed her latest hit “Something’s Gotta Give” and her debut smash “Blue.” The Colgate Country Showdown final will air as an upcoming special on GAC and local TV stations.

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