Seniors Realize their Dreams on Ryman Stage at Silver Stars Finale.

Talented competitors vie for $5,000 prize, performing for audience and celebrity judges Bonnie Bramlett, Billy Burnett and Mel Tillis at free-to-public event

Ten Silver Stars™ will take the stage to compete for thousands of dollars in prize money before a live audience when HealthSpring presents the Silver Stars™ talent competition finals, Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The show is open to the public with complimentary admission.

HealthSpring’s Silver Stars™, now in its fourth year, features a roster of impressive 60-plus singers and musicians who will perform before a live audience and celebrity judging panel for the chance to be crowned HealthSpring’s 2011 Silver Star. Music industry icons Bonnie Bramlett, Billy Burnett of Fleetwood Mac and Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis will serve as judges to determine the first-, second- and third-place winners, who will receive a total of $7,500 in prize money.

“The show will be fantastic, with something for everyone,” HealthSpring of Tennessee President Greg Allen said. “We are honored to host this unique event for the senior community. Every year we are so impressed with the level of talent we see in the Silver Stars finalists and this year is no exception. It’s going to be great family fun, and as always, a tough competition for the top prize!”

Event host and producer Billy Block said, “The show will feature a variety of entertainment, from country and gospel music to jazz and Latin vocals and more. Come early to what is sure to be a great show. The first one thousand attendees will receive a free Silver Stars CD, featuring performances from finalists.”

The finalists were chosen by local celebrity judges during weekend auditions in Nashville and, for the first time, Memphis. Over 200 talented contestants competed for the chance to perform in the spotlight of the Ryman Auditorium. The 2011 Silver Stars™ finalists are:

Nashville Finalists

David Balph
Boomer Castleman
Richard Fagan
Diane Hill
Marilon Larson
Alicia Lundquist
Lawrence Thomison
Memphis Finalists
The Masqueraders
The Memphis Reed Riders
Ruby Wilson

The 2011 Silver Stars™ competition is co-sponsored by Harvest Construction, Healthways Silver Sneakers, Human Arc, Solid Gospel 105 FM, Southeast Venture and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Silver Stars™, presented by HealthSpring, is a Nashville talent competition for active adults 60 and older. HealthSpring established Silver Stars™ in 2008 to reach the pool of untapped talent ignored by shows like American Idol™ and Nashville Star™, which exclusively focus on young contestants. HealthSpring, a Medicare Advantage plan dedicated to helping older Americans get more from Medicare and more from life, designed the Silver Stars™ competition to give local seniors the chance to share their talent from the stage in Music City.

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