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July 26, 2007

Swon brothers belt it out on TV show

TULSA — Muskogee native Zach Swon will be featured on the fourth episode of “Gimme the Mike” at 7:30 p.m. Monday on KOTV Channel 6.

Swon, a student at Northeastern State University, isn’t the only Swon featured on this season of “Gimme the Mike!” His younger brother, Colton, also tried out and made the list of top 20 performers who auditioned. He will perform on show 5 of “Gimme the Mike!” on Aug. 6.

The Swons grew up with musical parents who sang gospel music. Zach Swon considers himself a musician before a singer and enjoys playing guitar, piano and drums.

The six-week serious spotlights Oklahoma’s vocal talent, representing a variety of musical styles, in head-to-head competition. A panel of judges takes on the difficult dilemma of identifying the top performer.

The three judges Swon will have to impress are Jim Halsey, artist manager and agent who has spent more than 50 years in the music industry; Angie DeVore-Green, chief operating officer and founder of Diversafest (DFEST) Oklahoma’s Music Conference & Festival; and Shari Townes, a singer, dancer, actress and the founder of Theater Arts, Inc.

Other contestants featured in show four include Brent Remy of Tulsa, Heather Rogers of Tulsa and Chris Ducker of Sapulpa. Only one vocalist will be chosen by the judges to advance to the live finale.

Each week four more of the 20 finalists will take the stage at the historic Cain’s Ballroom in downtown Tulsa before a live studio audience hoping to win a spot in the live “Gimme the Mike!” finale in August. The finale will be an all-out vocal showcase featuring the winners of the first five shows and a wildcard favorite selected by the viewers, culminating in the selection of one final champion.

After the broadcast of each half-hour show, viewers will be able to vote for their favorite non-winning contestant from that night’s show. That contestant will become the week’s “wildcard” contestant. On Aug. 13, a special episode will showcase the performances of the five wildcard contestants. Viewers will vote on which contestant should be the wildcard champion. The wildcard champion will compete against the weekly champions on the live finale on Aug. 20.

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