Festival Organizers continue to make exciting announcements regarding the Finals of the Car Credit Nation “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!” event. This high-profile new Festival event will be held on Saturday evening, May 3rd, at 8:00pm, at the Sprint Festival Event Tent, on the grounds of the Winchester Medical Center.
8:00pm to 9:00pm – The evening opens with the 12 Finalists performing on the Sprint Tent stage. The emcee for the evening will be Bill “Mr. Extravaganza” Norris, musician, entertainer, radio deejay and the premier “in house host” in the Quad-State Area. Bill can carry a show in his own right; and, he will be the glue that binds the parts of this spectacular night. Bill’s story is one of perseverance and historical significance, as he chose to enter the traditionally white world of radio hosting and deejaying as an African-American man long before the days of the proliferation of rap deejays. And, as an obvious talent, working on his own, Bill came out on top!
The four judges for this part of the evening will be:
Mary Willis White – Local girl made good; working now as a New York City attorney; and, as co-founder and producer of Heiress Productions, a highly successful, not-for-profit, Off-Broadway production company, that stages at the famous Lion Theatre on 42nd Street, and raises funds for cancer research and awareness.
Landau Murphy – Rags-to-riches winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent!” in 2011. Landau is known for his devastatingly smooth interpretation of the music of the hippest of the Las Vegas jazz masters; and, for being, along with Harry Connick, Jr., one of the greatest current interpreters of the master: Frank Sinatra.
Bill Walton – One of the greatest basketball players of all time; and, a highly intelligent, adventuresome and entertaining guy. Bill wants to “hang around the area and drink up the atmosphere.” He wants to “dive into the community and be a part of the whole Festival;” and, he relished the chance to help out with our talent show.
Celebrity Judge #4 – Please stay tuned! Event Organizers will make this announcement soon!
9:00pm to 9:30pm – As the audience is biting its nails waiting for the Celebrity Judges to choose the 6 Super-Finalists who will continue on, master magician, Mario Orsini, will entertain the crowd with his illusions and his comedy. Mario is a bright, glib young man who is quick with a quip. He loves to interact with his audience; and, he has moved from being a West Virginia talent to a regional talent to a burgeoning national talent.
9:30pm to 10:00pm – The 6 Super-Finalists will perform for the final time on the stage of the Sprint Tent.
10:00pm to 11:00pm – As the crowd votes for the winners from this final round, Landau Murphy and his band will entertain with a full one-hour concert of the best of classic, big-band, big-sound, Sinatra-styled jazz.
11:00pm to 11:30pm – The top prizes of $5,000, $1,500 and $500 and other perks will be announced and awarded by event organizers, Landau Murphy and other celebrities attending the event.
11:30pm to 12midnight – Time permitting [this is live show business, folks], this final segment is planned as a showcase for some of the “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!” performers that didn’t make it to the Finals.