Vote - once - for your favorite, using the ballot below. Duplicate votes will be discarded. The polls will be open through 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.
In addition to the three contestants with the most votes, three critics' picks will be sent on to the finals. The finalists will be announced in the Sept. 13 edition of Applause, and the finals will take place Friday, Sept. 14, at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival. Below are the contestants.
To hear a song, click on the singer-songwriter's name.