Roegiers walks away with $50K

A crowd of local Doug Roegiers fans celebrates after judges picked him as the winner of his first round of competition in the musical talent show “The Winner Is,” which aired Thursday night on NBC. This group gathered at Raziel’s of downtown Vermillion to watch Doug perform. (Photo by David Lias)

A crowd of local Doug Roegiers fans celebrates after judges picked him as the winner of his first round of competition in the musical talent show “The Winner Is,” which aired Thursday night on NBC. This group gathered at Raziel’s of downtown Vermillion to watch Doug perform. (Photo by David Lias)

By David Lias

david.lias@plaintalk.net

Burbank native Doug Roegiers made it to the final round of the premiere episode of the musical talent show “The Winner Is,” which aired at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11 on NBC.

Roegiers, one of six singers competing for a $1 million prize, walked away with $50,000.

His style channels back to the days of the Big Band Swing era and his loyal fans know him as ‘The Crooner.’ He also performs with a nine-piece swing band Phat Cat Swinger.

“The Winner Is” mixes a singing competition with the strategy of a game show.  Each episode features six acts that go head-to-head. Contestants must bet on their own performance, win over 101 jurors, and avoid cash temptations to move forward.

Doug scored so high in the first round of competition Thursday night that he automatically advanced to the night’s third round. He decided, after his third round performance, to accept $50,000. Turns out he made the right decision, as his competitor outscored him in the third round.

Doug is the son of Chuck and Rosie Roegiers of Burbank. He currently lives in North Hollywood, CA.

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