Claremore Daily Progress

November 13, 2013

‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist to host ‘Claremore’s Got Talent’

Tom Fink
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — The star power for the “Claremore’s Got Talent” competition fundraiser will shine much brighter this year as one-time “America’s Got Talent” finalist Mike Bliss will serve as host for the evening.

“For us, ‘Claremore’s Got Talent’ is a true ‘labor of love’,” said Donna L. Ross, executive director of Rogers County United Way, the agency which benefits from the proceeds of the event.

“We’re very excited about the variety of acts scheduled to compete this year, and we’re especially thrilled to have Mike Bliss serving as our host — it’s going to be a night of tremendous entertainment and talent, from start to finish.”

Bliss has been performing his magic, juggling, unicycling, and pick-pocketing shows for more than 20 years, across the country from colleges and universities, to companies like Tyson Foods and AAA, to the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, to headlining his own show in Branson, Mo., where he was also voted Branson’s “Specialty Act of the Year.”

Bliss has appeared on national television on Oprah, Fox’s 30 Seconds to Fame, Country Music Star Collin Raye’s 4th of July Television Special, and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where he and his two young sons, Zachary and Stephen, made it to the top 35 out of 100,000 acts during their season to compete.

Scheduled for Nov. 23 in the Robson Performing Arts Center, “Claremore’s Got Talent” will feature performances by local artists, singers, musicians, and others, each of them vying for first place, and all of them, raising money for the Rogers County United Way.

Judges for this year’s competition include music promoter and instructor Ray Bingham, morning show radio host Sunny Leigh from KVOO, Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2013 Ashten Vincent, and Linday Pollock, music director at First United Methodist Church in Claremore.

Contestants will compete in a variety of categories, among them, dance, musician, singing, and variety (youth and adult subcategories).

Rogers County United Way’s “Claremore’s Got Talent” competition will be 7 p.m. on   Nov. 23 at the Robson Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $30, and may be purchased at RCB Bank locations, BancFirst, Robson PAC or the Rogers County United Way office, 919 N. Lynn Riggs.

The Rogers County United Way benefits numerous local agencies, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Claremore Meals on Wheels, Claremore Senior Citizens, Community Action Resource & Development (C.A.R.D.), Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Hospice of Green Country, Inola Senior Citizens Center, The Manger, Rogers County Adult Day Care, Rogers County Drug Abuse Program, Rogers County 4-H, Rogers County Literacy Council, Rogers County Training Center, Rogers County Volunteers for Youth, Safenet Services, Inc., Tri-County CASA, the William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center, and others.

For more information, call (918) 343-1165.