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Artist of the day: Zack Montana



Could the Disney empire's next big pop prince be a Tampa native? Absolutely.

His name is Zack Montana, because, of course it is. And he's one of two finalists in Radio Disney's Next BIG Thing contest, which wraps up this week. Montana and co-finalist Shealeigh. Montana, 14, moved from Tampa to Los Angeles at age 9, and has been singing, dancing and performing ever since. You can spot him in the video for Billy Ray Cyrus' Somebody Said a Prayer, but he's got much more of a pop vibe. He lists his influences as Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo and Michael Jackson, but another influence might be Justin Bieber, what with that thick mane of bushy brown hair.

"This is my dream, and this is what I want to do for the rest of my life," he says in the video above.

You can help him achieve it. Voting for Radio Disney's NBT contest continues through noon today -- to vote, go here, here or text NBT to DISNEY (347639). Cody Simpson will announce the winner live onstage on Radio Disney (AM 1380 in Tampa) at 9 p.m. Wednesday (12/7). We'll let you know if he wins.

[Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2011 5:27pm]


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