The MAD Talent Show sponsored by The Black Student Union and The Motivating Youth Company had audience members singing and dancing their way out of Beach/Schmidt Auditorium Saturday night.
Eight contestants squared off, competing for the title of Most Talented at FHSU. Out of the six contestants that tested their singing talents, two sang as a group, one sang with piano accompaniment, two sang to recorded music, and one sang a cappella. There was also one poetry artist and one beat boxer.
Highlights of the night included contestants and moms in the audience doing The Wobble, two non-contestants having a “Mad” dance-off and members of the audience dancing to the song “Gangnam Style.”
One attendee even tweeted a picture of the “Wobblers,” found here.
All contestants were required to write down “something quirky” about themselves on their application, which was announced in their introductions.
Marcella McClusky sang Beyonce’s Ave Maria and her “something quirky” was that she is deathly afraid of automatic flushing toilets. “Backstage was a lot of fun!” She said, “Sometimes when you get a lot of performers together, it’s like ‘I’m better than you’ but we all get along and mesh.”
“It was amazing!” said Vernon King, MC of the night, who also urged all contestants to sing Beyonce’s “Love On Top” after each performance.
The judges were Molly Johnson, FHSU baton twirler, Reese Barrick, Director of Education at The Sternberg Museum and Brett Bruner, Director of Persistence and Retention in Student Affairs.
At the end of the night, first, second and third places were announced.
Taking third place was Jamison Green with poetry. Taking second place was Leeah Tinner mystically singing “How Great Thou Art” in a cappella. First place went to Cody Vizcarra with mind-blowing Beat Boxing, creating his own beat and his own “OH YEAH” voices.
Entry was five dollars that donated to the scholarship fund for The Motivating Youth Company, started by King in 2009, that employs speakers to travel and inspire youth nationwide.
The MAD Talent Show was started by Brian Humphrey in 2008.
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