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Sophomore Udy wins 11th annual ‘Clarion Idol’

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Hart Chapel was filled with the sound of music as “Clarion Idol” wrapped up its 11th year on Tuesday, April 8.
Eight contestants of various majors and years took to the stage to sing in front of a packed house and three judges.
Among the judges were Clarion University’s director of Marketing and Communication David Love, Interhall Council adviser Tyler Kitzmiller and last year’s “Idol” winner Jeremy Fox.
The event, emceed by Clarion alumni Cody Rapp, began by introducing the eight contestants who had moved on from the previous night. Each would be singing a song of his or her choice.
Natalie Beckman was the first performer, singing a “Wonderwall”/“Call Me Maybe” mashup, and Corey Negley wrapped up the first round with his rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home.”  After all contestants sang, the audience was allowed to vote via a text message system similar to what viewers would use to vote on a reality show competition. The top two from the popular vote and the top two judges’ picks would move on to the final round.
While the votes were tallied, the Clarion University Dance Team performed a short routine to the song “Footloose.”
The finalists were Cassidi Udy, Michelle Connor, Meghan Bettwy and Emily Cooper. All returned to the stage to sing one more song. Udy performed Taylor Swift’s “Sparks Fly,” Connor sang Miley Cyrus’ popular song “Wrecking Ball,” Bettwy did Adele’s version of “Make You Feel My Love,” and Cooper ended with Joshua Radin’s “I’d Rather Be With You.”
While the text votes were tallied, judge and former winner Fox took the stage to perform “Beers with Jesus” by Thomas Rhett.
After Fox’s performance, Rapp announced the winner of the night. Bettwy took fourth place, Cooper came in third and won $50, Connor was the night’s runner-up and winner of $100, and Udy was the night’s big winner, coming in first with the popular vote and walking away with $300.
Udy, a singing competition veteran, was excited by her win, saying, “It was definitely surprising, because I haven’t won a competition for such a long time, but it was really fun being up there, and I was so surprised I won.”
Love said he was pleased with the evening’s talent overall. “I was looking for somebody that was talented; I was looking for somebody that really had spirit and was excited about what they were doing. We had a lot of talented people,” said Love.[/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]

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