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‘The Winner Is’ Preview: Watch Annie McQueen Battle Vanessa Echevarria

Tue, July 30, 2013 10:35am EDT by Andy Swift 2 Comments
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Check out our exclusive clip from the Aug. 1 episode, then vote for YOUR favorite performance.

Let me start by applauding NBC’s The Winner Is. Rather than attempting to find the next great recording artist — because, honestly, how many singing competition winners actually make it? — the show merely rewards singers for their talent by handing them boatloads of cash! In this preview clip from the Aug. 1 episode, obtained exclusively by, two bodacious belters go head-to-head for a cool $10,000. But who’s the winner?

Vanessa Echevarria is up first with a killer rendition of Heart‘s “Alone,” and while it might be the most cliché selection in music-competition history, Vanessa certainly blows it out of the water. She’s followed by Annie McQueen, who puts her own spin on Aretha Franklin‘s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and although it’s unclear whether the voters prefer her performance to Vanessa’s, the results are pretty darn close.

Plus tune in as HollywoodLife’s own Russ Weakland will be a Celebrity 101 judge!

HollywoodLifers, which performance do YOU think the audience votes as the winner? Watch Vanessa and Annie face off below, then cast your vote!

WATCH: Annie McQueen Vs. Vanessa Echevarria On ‘The Winner Is’

— Andy Swift