Five contestants advance in Trojan Idol

Photo by Griffin Dunn.

Photo by Griffin Dunn.

By Christy Ulmet

Tuesday night began the 10th year of one of Trevecca’s most attended events: Trojan Idol. The evening attracted some 450 people who lined up at the entrance nearly an hour before the doors opened for the show.

At the end of the show, when all ballots were counted, the crowd came back together to find out who would move on to the final round. Of the 10 original finalists, five advanced: Kathleen Freeh, junior; Craig Tibbs, freshman; Jordan Guthrie, senior; TJ Magee, freshman; and Johnny Knotts, senior.

As the show started, the crowd was surprised to find that Dean Harris, associate provost and dean of student development, was the host. As everybody bowed their heads to pray, a rumble started with a grand entrance by last year’s hosts, Lydia Carraway and Cade Smith, ready to host the show for the second year in a row.

“They were a crowd favorite last year, so we figured we’d bring them back again this year,” Mica Massey, all student body director of social life, said.

Trojan Idol also attracted a variety of per-formers. While upwards of 60 students auditioned, only 10 stuck out to the initial judges. After nearly two months of practicing, the performers were ready to compete.

The music started with a group rendition of “Roar” by Katy Perry. The crowd got pumped up for the show, and people cheered.

While the crowd was still hyped up, the per-formers began. With lights flashing, the stage shaking and people clapping, the performances were a hit. Three guest judges with rich musical backgrounds gave each singer tips on how to improve.

The judging ran a little bit differently for the first round this year. Fifty percent of the votes went to the judges to keep the voting from being a popularity contest, Massey said.

There was a brief intermission while the band played some pop music to keep the excitement in the air, and then Thursday’s round was announced.

After the show, one of the judges, Shreyas Patel, commented on the performances.

“Everybody is in the right place with the right heart. They’re doing it for fun. It’s less about competing and more about providing an art,” Patel said. “I would love to come back and see all of these people perform and see how they’ve grown. I would love to see where they are in two or three years, because I think they are all very talented.”

This article originally appeared in the Thanksgiving 2013 TrevEchoes.

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