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Benton Harbor Finalists Chosen

May 14, 2013 (Updated: May 16, 2013 @ 3:21 PM)

On May 4th, 2013, contestants in the Benton Harbor region auditioned at the Mendel Center for WNIT's new program "Michiana's Rising Star." Five finalists were chosen.

  • Brandon Williams, singer
  • Michelle Giden, singer
  • Matthew Smith, ballroom dancing
  • More Than Sparrows, singers
  • Jessica Agens, singer

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. And thank you to the following regional sponsors: Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Lake City Bank, Lexus of Mishawaka, and Nyloncraft.

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Next: South Bend

The Kroc Center in South Bend will be the next regional host on Saturday, May 25 from 10am to 5pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The Finals

The top performers from each of the five regions will then compete at the WNIT studio each evening from Sunday, July 28 through Friday, August 2, to determine the grand prize winner and "Michiana's Rising Star." Said WNIT's Vice President for Production Angel Hernandez, "We've received over 135 entrants from all over our broadcast area. This is going to be an exciting and fun event!"