News Release

August 13th, 2016

Top 5 Singers Leave Everything on the Stage in Final Competitive Performances of Lakeshore’s Rising Stars Season 3

Manitowoc, WI (August 13, 2016) — Lakeshore’s Rising Stars presented by Bank First National celebrated the theatrics of musicals and the soul of Motown in the final week of competitive performances. The Top 5 kicked off the show with a tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture show that even featured co­hosts and co­producers Terry Stevenson and Riley Haupt.

Following the opening number, co­producer Brennan Seehafer announced this week’s guest judge, Manitowoc native and Grammy award winning composer, Garth Neustadter. He performed for the audience and sang “This Is The Moment” from the musical Jekyll & Hyde.

Kevin Sievert began the competition portion of the show singing his heartfelt version of “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables.

Judge Debbie Seehafer said, “I thought it was delicate and beautiful.”

For Sievert’s Motown song he performed “Stop! In The Name Of Love” by The Isley Brothers, and Judge Steve Lauson, Jr. said, “To me you feel like the leader in the clubhouse.”

Sievert performed choreography with his Motown number and Neustadter said, “I don’t know how you keep the energy up with the choreography and everything!”

Jemma Herrmann sang “All That Jazz” from Chicago first, and Judge Tim Strews said, “That’s a tough song…that was kind of up and down for me. Half and half.”

Herrmann sang “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight in the second half and D. Seehafer said, “That was a great song for you, Jemma. It was right in your range.”

Hannah Mrozak also sang a Les Miserables song titled “On My Own,” and she delivered an emotional performance that left Strews saying, “I felt like I was actually at that musical…like you were playing the part.”

Mrozak sang “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin in the second half. Neustadter said it was “such a polished and professional performance.”

Lauson told Mrozak his life spans five decades, and he said, “the best compliment that I can give you is that I would buy a ticket to your show in any decade.”

Jesse Torres channeled his inner Danny Zuko to sing “Sandy” from Grease in the first half. Neustadter said, “I thought it was a really genuine and sincere performance.”

Torres sang “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations in the second half after which Lauson said, “Your voice got stronger as you went along.”

Closing out the first half, Amanda Satchell powerfully sang “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked.

  1. Seehafer said, “I was expecting big things from you, and you delivered! That was a showstopper!” In the second half, Satchell sang “You Keep Me Hangin On” by The Supremes.

Strews said, “You can sing anything I think,” and Lauson said, “You have been the model of consistency throughout this competition.”

After all of the singers performed, Neustadter was given a chance to award his 2,000 bonus points. Before announcing who would receive the points, he told the audience that while living in Los Angeles he’s had the chance to view live tapings of The Voice and other singing competitions. He said, “I mean this with sincerity…any of these contestants could compete on that stage.” He then awarded his points to Amanda Satchell, the singer whose performance he thought “defied gravity”. Strews, Lauson and D. Seehafer all awarded their individual 1,000 bonus points to Hannah Mrozak.

Next Saturday is the finale. All of the Top 10 contestants will be returning for a fun filled and entertaining show to celebrate the end of Lakeshore’s Rising Stars season three. Also, don’t miss the exciting pre­show red carpet event that will take place outside the Capitol Civic Center.

Tickets sell quickly, so stop down at the Capitol Civic Centre to purchase tickets or call the CCC Box Office at 920­683­2184.

For further information visit or check out pictures from this season by visiting

To see the list of voting locations visit Voting ends on Tuesday, August 16 at noon. The winner of the $10,000 grand prize will be announced at the finale on Saturday, August 20.

Media Contact

Terry Stevenson
Seehafer Broadcasting