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Performers Shine at 8th Annual Showdown in Motown

12-year-old Hip-Hop dancer, Lil' T, doing some floorwork during the Showdown

More than 350 people attended the talent competition and fundraising event.  First-place performer and winner of the $1,000 grand prize was opera singer, Modestina Fernandez. Second and third place winners were rapper BossE and jazz vocalist Allyson Jones, who won $500 and $100 respectively.

The event was hosted by HOT 102.7’s midday radio personality, Paigion. Guest judges were WXYZ Channel 7 reporter, Glenda Lewis; poet/author jessica Care moore, Universal Republic recording artist John Brown and Star Factory Artist Development CEO, Brandon Smith.

The night was filled with live entertainment and a wide range of talent, as 10 Detroit-area performers made their mark on the stage. From 12-year-old Hip-Hop dancer, Lil’ T to slam poet Ralph Paulk and country singer Ashley Franso, each performance was well-received by the crowd.

Showdown highlights included a special tribute to former Executive Director, Beverly Manick, who retired in July and former Program Director, Rowland Watkins, who was killed in March in a car crash. Manick received awards from the Office of Councilman Ken Cockrel Jr., State Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi and the Young Detroit Builders Executive Board. In addition, 11 lucky audience members received free items from Slowe’s BBQ, Home Depot, Pete’s Chocolate Co. and the Majestic Theatre’s Garden Bowl during a gift giveaway.

Thank you to all of the Showdown corporate sponsors, table sponsors, judges, performers, host, The Majestic Theatre, Showdown volunteers and everyone who supported this wonderful event! We’ll see you next year!

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