There were 16 different Soldiers and 16 different styles as Soldiers stepped into the spotlight and on the stage showcasing an abundance of talent in song and dance Saturday at Wallace Theater as they vied for positions in the U.S. Army Soldier Show.

This is the first year the live talent evaluations have been open to the public. Judges included the installation commander's wife, Deborah Blixt.

Songs ranged from the many moods of Motown, to sassy and sexy 60s sounds, along with homegrown, hand-clapping, foot-stomping country classics. Throw in a roller-skater and musical selection from a horn and it made for a memorable afternoon.

"It's a great variety and I'm pleased with the talent that performed today," said Victor Hurtado, production director for the Army Soldier Show. The selected Soldiers will go on to be the troop that provides six months of "Entertainment for Soldiers, by the Soldiers" with more than 100 performances scheduled for 2009 at 50 Army locations worldwide.