Country Showdown at the Tomato Festival

Country Showdown at the Tomato Festival

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Carolynn

Dyersburg, TN

#1 Jul 10, 2010
Did anyone go to the big singing contest last night at the Tomato Festival? There was some really good talent, but I do not think the judges picked the right winner at all. Of course, Steven Whitson won, big surprise there. I don't think he should have placed. Rumor has it that he was really good friends with two of the judges, which wouldn't surprise me. If you only win in local contests where you know the judges, and never make it to the next level, let's you know there is something funny going on. There were a few there we were sure would place, but only the second place winner was who we predicted. I think they should select only local people to represent 97.3 and not pick people from Illionis and clear across the state. It was a waste of their time to come all this way. I think it should be for amatures, not people with headlining shows. I am not being mean, but if you have opened up for Blake Shelton, Trick Pony, Big and Rich, etc, and don't have a contract yet, maybe you should invest mommy and daddy's money into something else. Tonight was a shame, because 97.3 could have sent a potential winner to the state contest, but once again, they let local people be judges.
Penny

Brownsville, TN

#2 Jul 10, 2010
Why do you think that it's caled Ripley Tomato Festavial of course the Commerce is going to behind who they want to win,I saw alot of good talent tonight too,but who are we to judge good talent,sorry for those who trully won and got tricked into coming this far for nothing,remember never come to Ripley expecting for something big.they will get you everytime.
wondering

Henning, TN

#3 Jul 10, 2010
Did they even have any tomatoes there this year? The past 3 years they have not had ANY for sale. My parents drove 2 hours one year to buy tomatoes and NONE...Why call it a tomatoe festival?
Carolynn

Dyersburg, TN

#4 Jul 11, 2010
they had tomatoes for sale....apparently had some votes for sale too because the people with good, raw talent were not selected. It is all about who knows who in these contests. It is such a shame
Do not Hate

Ripley, TN

#5 Jul 11, 2010
Carolynn I saw it and they picked the right winner,just bcause they didn't pick who you wantd to win you big mouth pig you want to complain.
Carolynn

Dyersburg, TN

#6 Jul 11, 2010
Do not Hate wrote:
Carolynn I saw it and they picked the right winner,just bcause they didn't pick who you wantd to win you big mouth pig you want to complain.
I didn't know any of the cointestants personally, just my family and friends like to watch talent shows, and we are usually right on the predictions. Hell, even his family members came up to us and told us who to cheer for and we didn't know him from Adam, so, take up for a biased vote if you want to. I was just stating my opinion, and you have very rudely stated yours. I just know good talent when I see it.
talented

United States

#7 Jul 11, 2010
The Chamber of commerce did not have anything to do with the talent presented at the country showdown. The tomato festival was only the venue at which the contest was held. There was only one local judge for the event, who has extensive musical training. The other two judges were from out of town, and also had music abilities. I personnally thought the show, had some great talent and wish each of the contestants luck in their future endevers. I am sure we will see some of these young people again. The contest being held in Ripley TN was a boost to the tomato festial attendance and also for our local economy.
Tom C

Ripley, TN

#8 Jul 11, 2010
Your opinion is just yours,don't hate!
tomato lover

United States

#9 Jul 11, 2010
There was a ton of tomatos at the festival this year, and all along the main highway 51, as well as the new farmers market. They sold out of tomatos four times during the day Sat. All of the tomato farmers were selling out. They could not get them picked fast enough! Way to go Ripley Tomato!

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