Davis declared CMT contest’s national grand prize winner

Brittany Davis, music theater junior

Brittany Davis was named as the national grand prize winner for Country Music Television’s Country Strong Singing Challenge. The music theater junior received the most public votes out of 16 regional winners.

Sony Records officials called Davis on Thursday to notify her of her win.

Voting on the contestants began Dec. 10 at cmt.com.

Davis’s winnings will include:
-Tour of CMT offices and a visit to the set of and possible appearance on CMT’s “Top 20 Countdown” show,
-Possible “meet & greet” with a Sony Nashville Music executive,
-Filming by CMT representatives of the grand prize winner and his or her travel companion throughout portions of their Nashville travel experience,
-Recordings made by CMT of the winner’s experience and the opportunity for the grand prize winner to experience his or her own recording session at CMT’s CMT 330 Studio,
– And recording the authorized song that the grand prize winner performed in his or her winning taped performance, according to official contest rules.

Davis was chosen as Oklahoma’s regional grand prize winner from a pool of 27 local singers. Davis sang the song “Country Strong” a cappella in front of a panel of local celebrity judges. Judges included a recording artist, radio DJs, and a KFOR-TV personality, said Michelle Langston, publicist for Sony Entertainment. Entrants were judged on their execution, originality and stage presence, she said.

“Brittany was chosen for her fantastic voice,” Langston said after Davis won the regional competition. “She is incredibly talented.
“We could not have been more pleased with the judges selection. This is a big deal.”

Davis won $500 and a special advanced screening for her and her friends of “Country Strong” for her regional win.

“I would be so incredibly thankful and honored to have you vote for this contest with CMT.com,” Davis said after winning Oklahoma’s regional contest. “I know it’s going to be hectic with finals but if you have any down time please go online and vote.
“This truly is a chance of a lifetime for me and I really need your help to make this happen.”

Dancers help make family’s ‘dream come true’

Four OCU students will be seen on ABC television network this weekend.

Jenna Jackson and Ali Rosenstein, dance pedagogy seniors; Chip Byars, dance performance junior, and Gracie Verkamp, dance performance sophomore, will appear on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at 8/7 p.m. Central time Sunday.

Gracie Verkamp, Chip Byars, Jenna Jackson, and Ali Rosenstein in June on the set of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show will be at 8/7 p.m. Central time on ABC.

The dancers filmed the show in June in Long Island, N.Y. after they were chosen to audition by Broadway Dance Center officials. The performers were summer interns at the dance center, 322 W. 45th Street, New York, N.Y.

About 30-40 performers auditioned for the show, but 12 were chosen, Jackson said.

“The family that the show was about were big fans of music theater,” she said. “We basically did a continuous music theater number while they were tearing down the house.”

Jackson said she enjoyed the experience.

“It was really neat to do two things I love to do at the same time,” she said. “I love dancing and helping people. It was cool to make the family’s dream come true.”

To watch a preview of the show visit the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition website.