[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room was filled with the sound of music Saturday night as 18 hopefuls auditioned for this year’s “Clarion Idol.”
Sponsored by the Interhall Council, this year’s “Idol” is shaping up to be a strong showing of student talent.
“I think we had a lot of great talent come out this year. I think we had a pretty good turnout considering we were battling a lot of other major events on campus. I think we did the best we could’ve hoped for,” said co-programmer Monica Sceffo.
Songs from the evening ranged from Fall Out Boy to the “Frozen” soundtrack, Simon and Garfunkel to the Dixie Chicks.
Sophomore Emani Wallace, who sang “His Eyes on the Sparrow” by Lauryn Hill says she felt confident about her chances. “I feel like I did really good. I actually woke up really sick and was surprised I could sing,” said Hill.
She also said she felt the competition was strong.
“I think it’ll be really tough because there were so many good voices that came out and sang, but hopefully I make it to the top,” said Hill.
Among the few men who took the stage was senior Corey Negley, who sang “Desperado” by The Eagles, “This was the second time I’ve auditioned. It was just nerve wracking but after it was done I felt relieved,” said Negley. “Definitely some good singers this year, mainly female, I’m hoping it should be good.”
Contestants were judged by a panel of three, among them Sceffo.
“I know every judge looks for something different, but I personally look for the entire package. I know it’s one thing to sing, but I really want my contestant to have a personal connection to the audience and use the stage to the best of their ability,” said Sceffo.
On the difficulty in narrowing the group, she said, “We were really crunching the numbers; it was a very close race.”
Of the 18 who sang, 14 were announced as moving on to compete at the actual “Clarion Idol” event. Those who will be performing are: Caitlin Webster, Emily Cooper, Ashlee Evelhoch, Emoni Wallace, Michelle Connor, Meghan Barney, Michelle Ignasiak, Cassidi Udy, Natalie Beckman, Rakeeah Merritt, Nathan Kirkwood, Corey Negley, Aarika Anderson and Nathan Meyer.
Look for the next round of performances at “Clarion Idol,” where there will be a return of some past faculty judges as well as previous performers who will take on the judging role. “Idol” will begin April 7 at 8 p.m. in Hart Chapel and conclude at the same time the following night.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]