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AMC Television Series Shoots Episode in Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.- A new talent show brings a little bit of Hollywood to Walla Walla.

 Four finalists competed to be the town star Tuesday night at the Gesa Powerhouse Theatre in the AMC Network's new talent competition television series, 'Showville.'

Crowds came out to cheer on their favorite talent for the final competition for a chance to win $10,000 dollars and be named the town star.

'Showville' talent mentor, Alec Mapa, started his career out on Broadway and appeared in television shows such as, 'Ugly Betty' and 'Desperate Housewives.' 

"These are acts that can absolutely play in Los Angeles. We have a stand up comic. We have a song writing trio. We have a talking bunny and a break dancer. That's L. A.," said Mapa.

The 'Showville' Executive Producer, Laurie Girion said, "We choose Walla Walla because we were looking for unique small towns around America. We wanted a place that had physical charm. That had people with personality that had something special to offer and best of all that would have a lot of talent."

The show's talent mentors have extensive work in the entertainment business and had to narrow the open call talent pool down to just four finalists.

'Showville' talent mentor, Lisette Bustmante said, "With each talent, we try to really own in on what they need to grow. I look at what they have is raw and take it and I work it out."

 Bustmante has extensive dancing and directing stage experience, having worked with Pop Starts Pink and Madonna to name a few.  Bustmante and Mapa worked individually with each finalists before making their national television debut.

"I know a lot about live performance and what it takes to make an act snap," said Mapa.

The "Showville' producers said they are keeping a tight lip on the Walla Walla winner, So you will just have to wait to see what happened behind theatre doors on "Showville" airing this spring on the AMC network.

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