Winner from Stampede Talent Search shines bright!

Calgary – Annika Odegard has stampeded her way to the top! With an electrifying performance ofNothin’ But the Blues, Odegard stood out from the competition to capture the 2012 Grand Prize of $4,000, the President’s Trophy and a commemorative silver belt buckle on Saturday night. Odegard will also be representing the Calgary Stampede as they compete in the Canadian Youth Talent Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba in November 2012.


“This is the 32nd year for the Calgary Stampede Talent Search and every year we are proud that this competition launches the careers of these youth,” says Colleen Tynan, chair, Stampede Talent Search committee. “The Stampede Talent Search provides an opportunity for future stars to shine bright on an international platform and develop into great performers. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Odegard.”


The first runner-up was Kelsey Verzotti who wowed the crowd with Taylor, the Latte Boy.Annie Pattison was the second runner-up with I Will Always Love You. The third runner-up was Layten Kramer with Harvie Heights. A special award was given to Cole Hruska who was chosen as “Fan Favourite” through text or tweet. The Don Welden Award for most promising senior performer went to Bryton Udy.


This year, approximately 250 amateur youth performers from across southern Alberta demonstrated their singing, dancing, acting, musical and variety performance abilities during auditions for this annual showcase of talent. Sixty-one senior performers (aged 13 to 21) were selected to compete for over $10,000 in prizes and a chance to take part in the Canadian Youth Talent Competition. In addition, nine junior performers (aged 6 to 12) were showcased during the eight days of competition.


Registration for the 2013 Stampede Talent Search will begin in February 2013 and auditions will be held in the Spring. Additional information and online registration is available on the Stampede Talent Search website:


The mission of the Stampede Talent Search is to discover, develop, encourage, and showcase young amateur performers from across southern Alberta. This program is just one of the ways the Calgary Stampede fulfills its commitment to provide the youth of Alberta with the opportunity to develop strong roots in their culture and heritage through programs that enhance personal growth, citizenship and education.



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