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Singing with Spirit

By Selina Shin
On April 15, 2012

Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jordin Sparks. They all were ordinary people until they became megastars overnight through American Idol. American Idol, which began airing on Fox in 2002, has become the biggest show in the United States. It is a reality television singing competition where viewers determine a new solo recording artist. Currently, season 11 is airing.


Frostburg State's University Programming Council (UPC) will be hosting their own version of this popular show. Bobcat Idol will be held on Thursday April 19, in the ARMAH in the Lane University Center at 7 p.m.


The performers are: Aaron Long (Hoopla Hooping), Andre Wilson (singing Bruno Mars "Talking to the Moon"), Derick Brown (alternative rapper), Elizabeth Farinholt (singing Taylor Swift), Gavin, Katherine Kine (singing Christina Aguilera "Walk Away"), Mikayla Young (singing Adele "Turning Tables"), Nicolette Black (singing Mariah Cary "I Still Believe"), Sylvern Groomes Jr. (singing Brian McKnight "One Last Cry"), and Tyron Tilman (beat boxing). The winner will be given the opportunity to perform at Spring Fest and Relay for Life.


Kristine Brown works for UPC, which is an on campus programming organization. According to Brown they, "provide fun and enjoyable activities for FSU and the FSU community."  She said Bobcat Idol is a talent show designed to showcase the many different talents at FSU to FSU students and faculty.  With so many talented people hidden at FSU, UPC aims to let them "have their time to shine!"


Not just anyone could become a participant on Bobcat Idol.  Brown had a selection process for people interested in showcasing their talent.  "To select participants, I had auditions for two days. I had a panel of four judges and they each had evaluation forms. We filmed our auditions to review. Then I chose the contestants."


The same judges that selected contestants will choose the winner amongst the selected candidates.  The judges are Jamie Winters, Robert Cooper, Jennifer Scarborough.  The panel of judges will choose a first place winner and a runner up.  The prize for the winner is their own chance to perform at Spring Fest and for Relay for Life.


Brown is optimistic of the potential of Bobcat Idol. "I hope UPC will begin to have this as an annual show because it is really awesome seeing the different talents of different people."


Aaron Long is the contestant who will be hula hooping in the Bobcat Idol show.  He is a sophomore in the Communication Arts.  When asked why he decided to join Bobcat Idol, Long said, "I can spin hula hoops fluently, as well as other spinning entertainment.  I've been doing it since childhood."


Long wants hula hooping to extend past the kiddy years to people of all ages.  "My resolution is to have activities such as hula hooping reach more people. The world needs more spinners."


If you missed this year's opportunity to perform in the Bobcat Idol, hopefully you will have the opportunity to compete next year.  In order to ensure that you have the chance to perform, come out on April 19 and support Bobcat Idol to show that it is an event FSU can sustain.

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