Twenty-nine contestants competed in the semi-finals of the annual 2016 Car Credit Nation Apple Blossom’s Got Talent! Presented by PMSI (Pest Management Services Inc.), the contest was held Wednesday April 6 at the Bright Box Theater in Winchester.
Thirteen winners were named to compete in the finals. They include Ryan Jewell, Victor Furtado, Melanie Miller, Chauncey Baylor, O’Reilly’s ( James, Joseph, Finnbarr), Ryan Phillips, Charles Bailey, Marco Mendoza, Stephanie Connell, Madalyn Martin, Malachi Strother, Angelica and Olivia Bullock, and Jennifer “Baby” Jackson, winner of Voice of the Valley contest at the 16th annual Concern Hotline Fish Fry (automatic entry into ABGT!).
“The talent was amazing, and the contestants did an excellent job,” said Jeffrey Hunter Fortune, co-director of ABGT! along with Theresa Gaines.
The contestants were judged by a panel made up of Mario Orsini, illusionist who has judged this contest in past years, Gwen Pangle, a singer who has performed in many theatrical productions, and Donnie Walton, a keyboard player and vocalist for 40 years. Master of ceremonies was Chuck Atkinson.
The 13 winners will compete in the finals April 27, held during the 89th festival whose theme is Unforgettable! The contest begins at 7 p.m. at the Bright Box in downtown Winchester. Prizes awarded at the final event include first place, $5,000; second place, $1,500, and third place, $500.
Below is a stream of the event for those who couldn’t attend that starts tonight at 7pm.