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Colgate Showdown Winner Announced

Johnny Bulford of Orlando, Fla., was named the “Best New Act in Country Music” and won the $100,000 first prize at the 27th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Final, Jan. 15, at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.


LeAnn Rimes returned to host the televised event and perform several songs. The four other finalists in the nation’s longest-running country talent competition were Korey Blake, Lance Lipinsky, LiveWire and Matt Reeves. The 27th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Final one-hour special will air nationwide over syndicated television in March and April. For local broadcast information, visit the Colgate Country Showdown website at

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