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Winners of the 2023 Route 66 Talent Search Contest

Springfield, MO— Musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, baton twirlers, poets, magicians, and anyone else with a talent to share were invited to bring their skills to the Great Route 66 Talent Show at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.
KY3 and the City of Springfield were proud to host the inaugural talent competition, which was free to enter. There were categories for both Amateur and Professional performers.
A panel of four local judges, well versed in the entertainment industry, reviewed the videos of the semifinals and determined 10 Professional acts and 10 Amateur acts to advance to the final live competition. Judging criteria include: 25% showmanship, 25% execution of performance, 25% general audience appeal, and 25% technical skill.
Congratulations to Brecka Henderson, worship leader at Deliverance Temple Ministries, who won the amateur round, and Vic Vaughn musician and singer at Washington Avenue Baptist Church won the professional round. As winners in the Great Route 66 Talent Search, they will now compete for a chance to perform on NBC’s America’s Got Talent!
Springfield City Councilwoman Monica Horton and Sam Timmerman, founder of the Melody Room, served as two of the four judges.

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