Season 36 Coming Soon!

The search begins March 1st for the “Best New Act in Country Music!”

The Country Showdown, in partnership with radio stations across the country, will begin our 36th season March 1st! We are searching for soloists, duos, trios and groups all with a passion for having a career in country music.


Stages of the Country Showdown

#1 – LOCAL FINAL: Enter online and participate in a local showcase put on by one of our many radio stations across the United States. Some radio stations will have a preliminary requirement prior to participation in a local final. Winner moves onto a regional final and may win other cash and prizes as awarded by each radio station.

#2 – REGIONAL FINAL:  Local final winners will compete in one of our over 30 regional finals. Check with your local radio station or our website to find your regional final location. Regional winners receive $1,000.

#3 – SEMIFINALS: Regional Winners will travel to one of our 5 Semifinal locations where the semifinal winner will win an all-expense paid trip to our National Finals.

#4 – NATIONAL FINALS: Our national finalists will showcase their talent in a live streaming show at an exciting location (previous national finals held at Universal Studios, Grand Ol Opry, Epcot and the Ryman Auditorium), as well as participate in workshops and networking events. The National Winner will receive the title of “Best New Act in Country Music” with a career boosting prize package that includes industry mentoring, artist development, recording session at Blue Grotto Sound and a single release to radio!


New This Season!

When you sign up for the Country Showdown, you will receive a seasons worth of artist mentoring and development through our backstage area. Participating artists will have access to insider industry tips, networking, webinars, our private Facebook group, live events and more! All of this is our way of helping you on your road to opportunity. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many showcase events and hope to see you at the 36th annual National Final!

*Participating radio stations will be added at various times throughout the season. Check the website regularly for newly added local final locations. All entries must be received on time using our online entry system. For more information click here