Over the past seven nights of competition, there are now 12 performers left in the running for the title of 2016 Stampede Talent Search Champion. These 12 finalists are:

Annie Pattison Calgary, AB
Craig Henderson North Saanich, BC
Devin Cooper Innisfail, AB
Jill O’Connell Calgary, AB
Kaleigh Jo Kirk Cochrane, AB
Kate Stevens Calgary, AB
Kristian Sadio Calgary, AB
Lian Croome & Brandon Haddow Calgary, AB
Lizzy Munson Calgary, AB
Ryan Gazzola Burnaby, BC
Tayte Mitchell Vulcan, AB
Zasha Rabie Okotoks, AB

Selected by earning the top marks from our panel of Semi-finals judges which included Tanya Chumak (Dance), Lauren Ireland (Vocals), and Pat McGannon (Musician/producer), contestants stepped into the spotlight and showcased their skill, charisma and showmanship.

Annie Pattison will be moving on to compete Saturday, July 16th in the Finals. (Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)
Annie Pattison will be moving on to compete Saturday, July 16th in the Finals. (Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)

“The amount of work required to be successful at this point in the competition is huge,” said Pat McGannon. “The hours of training, rehearsing and coaching that these contestants have invested showed up in what they brought onto the stage.”

“I was so caught up in the moment during several of the performances I almost forgot to score them,” said Lauren Ireland, vocal coach and semi-finals judge.

Sam Lundell performing "Break it to her Gently", by Burton Cummings on Friday night's semi-finals. (Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)
Sam Lundell performing “Break it to her Gently”, by Burton Cummings on Friday night’s semi-finals. (Photo credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo)

These performers will have to deliver a performance of a lifetime to earn the top marks from a fresh set of eyes, including Finals judges;

  • Tamara Beatty–Voice Coach Consultant from NBCs “The Voice”
  • Spencer Cheyne – award-wining musician/producer
  • Jean Grand-Maitre – Choreographer/creative director
  • W. Brett Wilson — Entertainment/Entrepreneur

With $10,000 cash available to be won, a one-of-a-kind Stampede Talent search belt buckle, the President’s Trophy and a customized performer development package on the line, it’s going to take a really special performance to make a lasting impression on the judges.

To be part of the audience and watch the final night of competition, the show starts at 6:30 pm in the Boyce Theatre on Stampede Park. It is free with park admission. Come early to ensure you get a seat!