Winner - Professional: Vic Vaughan

vic vaughan sings in a live show

Winner - Amateur: Brecka Henderson

brecka henderson sings in a live show

KY3 and the City of Springfield are proud to have hosted the inaugural “Great Route 66 Talent Search” competition in 2023. We discovered some incredible talent! On August 12 the finalists put on a great show for the judges and a live audience on the Chevy Dealers of the Ozarks Stage at the Historic Shrine Mosque.

We’re pleased to announce the winners of this first-year event, each of whom “advance” to the America’s Got Talent audition by way of a “guaranteed front of the line pass” to attend a virtual open call audition in one of the official casting call locations.

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Finalists: Professional

  • Victoria Carriger
  • Matt Casciano
  • Dustin Gross – aka Dusty Wayne
  • Jana Henderson
  • Joey Herd
  • Adria Hyde
  • Isabella Love
  • Anna Belle Lyu
  • Sierra Schwanz
  • Vic Vaughan

Finalists: Amateur

  • Summer Azeez
  • Jalyn Berry
  • Rachel Duckworth
  • Chance Havens
  • Brecka Henderson
  • Jazz! Quartet
  • Chloey Johnston
  • Blake Kincheloe
  • Amber Nelson
  • Cameron Shaver
  • Destin Snape
  • Anastasia Vang
  • Merisa Vernoy
  • Jace Widman
  • Janice Wilson


A panel of four local judges, well versed in the entertainment industry, reviewed the videos of the semifinals and determine which acts advanced to the final live competition. Competition criteria included:

  • 25% showmanship
  • 25% execution of performance
  • 25% general audience appeal
  • 25% technical skill