For the last couple of weeks we have been taking entries for our Acadiana Risers competition and it's time to announce the finalists.

First of all, what exactly is the contest? It's really simple. We are looking for Acadiana's best original country music artist. Someone who is looking to take the next step as a performer doing their own music.

We asked video entries to be sent in showcasing those talents. We received many quality entries but our music industry expert panel of judges decided on the following six artists to move on to the finals (in no particular order):

  • Cortney Kay
  • Kyle Daigle
  • Beau Young
  • Johnathan Cochran
  • Chase Dugas
  • Ashton Dupré

These finalists will each film a new video at our videography department here at 97.3 The Dawg of them performing one original song. After those videos are produced, we will post them here at 973TheDawg.com and allow fans to vote on the top Acadiana Riser!

The top vote-getter will be crowned our Riser winner and will receive:

  • $500
  • The opportunity to open up the show at our Rowdy Christmas Concert Dec. 9th at Cowboy's Night Club
  • A spot in the national Risers competition with our friends at TasteOfCountry.com for a chance to be crowned the nation's top Riser

Thanks again to everyone who entered and congratulations to the finalists. Check back soon to see all the great performances and to vote for Acadiana's Risers!