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Former Battle for the Big O Finalist Paul Jolley Featured on American Idol [Video]

This is VERY exciting.  Paul Jolley, who two years ago was a finalist in WBKR's Battle for The Big O talent competition, is going to Hollywood!  Paul was featured on last night's episode on American Idol and was shown auditioning before the judges in Baton Rouge.  Take a look at Paul's performance and see what the judges had to say about his powerful voice and story!

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Two Acts Tied for Second at Battle for the Big O [Video]

Last Saturday, we crowned the champion of the 2012 Battle for the Big O!  It was an amazing night of competition at Diamond Lake's "Good Time" Theatre and the grand champion was Brian Hart of Henderson.  He pocketed $1,000.00 and gets the honor of opening The Big O Music Fest, Saturday, August 18th at Reid's Orchard.  Brian was awesome Saturday . . . but got a run for his money from two different acts:  Dakota Cummins and Ryan Hayden and The Bourbon Barrel Band.  Since the score was SO close, we thought you should see our runners-up too!  They were terrific and missed the title by a mere FOUR points!  TAKE A LOOK!

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Skylar Cain To Perform at Battle for the Big O Finale [Video]

Saturday night's finale for the Battle for the Big O is already a star-studded line-up.  That night, eight phenomenal tri-state music acts will fight for the chance to win $500 and open for Blake Shelton at the 2012 Big O Music Festival at Reid's Orchard in Owensboro.  And now, WBKR is pleased to announce a very special guest performer who will be keeping the audience entertained while our judges deliberate and choose the winner.  Yep!  She's 9-year-old Skylar Cain, who recently performed at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.  On Saturday night, she'll be performing for us.  Here's a sneak peak!

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Meet Marshall Dowdy: Battle for the Big O Finalist #8 [Video]

Over the last couple of weeks here at WBKR.com, we have introduced you to all the acts competing in the finale of our 2012 Battle for the Big O.  It's our annual competition where we search for someone to open the Big O Music Fest.  It's a great opportunity to open for huge names in country music and step on a stage in front of thousands to get your music heard!  On Saturday, August 4th, WBKR will head to Diamond Lake's "Good Time" Theatre for our Battle finale event in which our eight finalists will compete for $500 and the right to open for Blake Shelton at this year's Big O Music Fest.  Among those finalists, Marshall Dowdy of Marshall County, Kentucky.  He came to our Battle audition at Towne Square Mall and, appropriately, rocked out Blake Shelton's "Ol Red."  WATCH!

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Meet Blake Knott: Battle for the Big O Finalist #7 [Video]

The 2012 Battle for the Big O finale is coming up Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort.  Eight acts from around the tri-state will compete for $500 and the opportunity to take the stage at the 2012 Big O Music Fest and open for Blake Shelton, Tracy Lawrence, Jo Dee Messina and more!  The youngest of our eight finalists is Blake Knott from Hawesville, Kentucky.  After auditioning at Towne Square Mall, he was offered a wild card invitation to the finale from our panel of judges.  Check him out!

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Meet Dakota Cummins: Battle for the Big O Finalist #6 [Video]

In late June, Dakota Cummins and Eddie Goins were in Owensboro for ROMP.  During their trip they happened to stop by Towne Square Mall at the same time we were setting up for our final Battle for the Big O audition.  Eddie came over to me and asked what was going on.  He saw the stage, the sound equipment and the judges' table, so he knew something was up.  I explained to him that we were searching for an act to open the 2012 Big O Music Fest starring Blake Shelton.  So, Eddie quickly turned to Dakota and said, "Wanna go back to the hotel and get your mandolin?"  Dakota said, "Sure."  And we're sure glad they did!  Check this out!  AMAZING!!

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Ryan Hayden & The Bourbon Barrel Band: Battle for Big O Finalists #5 [Video]

A couple of weeks ago here at WBKR.com, we introduced you to our first four finalists for the 2012 Battle for the Big O, our exciting talent competition in which we find an act to open the Big O Music Festival coming up August 18th at Reid's Orchard.  Now, we're going to start introducing you to the rest of the acts in the running for our $500 grand prize.  Meet Ryan Hayden & The Bourbon Barrel Band from Owensboro!  They showed up at our open-call audition at Towne Square Mall and rocked out "Liza Jane."  WATCH!

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Big O Headliner: BLAKE SHELTON (image from Blake's Facebook page)
Big O Headliner: BLAKE SHELTON (image from Blake's Facebook page)
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Get Your Tickets for The Battle for the Big O!!

The field is set.  Now, let the BATTLE begin!  Tickets are on sale NOW for the 2012 Battle for the Big O, Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground's "Good Time" Theatre!  It's American Idol meets Nashville Star meets WBKR and it's one of the most entertaining shows you'll see all year!   And the musical acts we have lined up this season are PHENOMENAL!!  Throughout the month of June, we held a series of "open-call" auditions to find the best musical talent the tri-state has to offer.  We had some amazing acts show up and qualify for this special finale event.  To find out who made the cut and to get your tickets for the show, KEEP READING or click HERE!!

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WBKR Battle for the Big O Finalist #4: Jenny Beth Willis [Video]

Here at WBKR.com, we are thrilled to introduce you to the finalists for the 2012 Battle for the Big O presnted by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC.  Our finale event is 7pm, Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort and 8 regional acts will “battle” it out for $500 and the chance to open the Big O Music Festival.  Tickets for that event are $9.25 and go on sale Monday, July 9th at WBKR studios, WBKR.com and Diamond Lake.  Today’s featured finalist is the only female act to make the cut this year!  This is Jenny Beth Willis from Owensboro, KY!

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WBKR Battle for the Big O Finalist #3: Brian Hart [Video]

Here at WBKR.com, we are thrilled to introduce you to the finalists for the 2012 Battle for the Big O presnted by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC.  Our finale event is 7pm, Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort and 8 regional acts will “battle” it out for $500 and the chance to open the Big O Music Festival.  Tickets for that event are $9.25 and go on sale Monday, July 9th at WBKR studios, WBKR.com and Diamond Lake.  Today’s featured finalist is Brian Hart from Henderson, KY!  Check him out!

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WBKR Battle for the Big O Finalist #2: Rodney Watts [Video]

Here at WBKR.com, we are thrilled to introduce you to the finalists for the 2012 Battle for the Big O presnted by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC.  Our finale event is 7pm, Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort and 8 regional acts will "battle" it out for $500 and the chance to open the Big O Music Festival.  Tickets for that event are $9.25 and go on sale Monday, July 9th at WBKR studios, WBKR.com and Diamond Lake.  Today's featured finalist is Rodney Watts, from Vine Grove, KY!  Check him out!

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Final Battle For Big O Audition Saturday!

It's all come down to this.  One more audition.  One more shot at the Battle For The Big O finale event which is coming up Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort

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