Aggie Idol auditions kick off competition
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 00:10
Students aimed to impress judges during the first round of the first-ever Aggie Idol competition Monday night.
The auditions continue Tuesday night and no instruments or background music will be allowed. USU students will be given one minute to showcase their vocal talent in hopes of impressing the judges. If they successfully make it through auditions, competitors will have a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize on Nov. 25 in the final round.
The managers of this event are business majors Ryan Muir, Trevor Nielsen and Spencer Ellison. The event was started by students as a project for their business management class, but they are going above and beyond project requirements in hopes that this event will become a tradition that carries on for years to come.
The first round of auditions is halfway done, and the event has had nearly 100 students register to audition before the judges. Of those 100 auditioners, half competed on Monday. The remaining students will sing for the judges Tuesday night.
“The event has not been closed off yet, so students hoping to audition will have to hurry and register because there is limited availability,” Muir said.
Of the auditioning contestants, only eight will make it to the final event in November, Muir said. In addition to the grand prize, the winner will be crowned the first Aggie Idol.
The students running the project have gone to great lengths to make sure they have qualified and professional judges for this event, Muir said. Judges include Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and dean of the Caine College of the Arts, Jenny Frogley, a singer and entertainer who performed during the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 and James Case, a member of the pop acapella boy band Eclipse.
“We have really good judges coming for this event, but they are going to have a hard time only being able to choose eight contestants to make it through to the final round,” Muir said.
Amanda Hudson, a senior majoring in business marketing, said she is excited to see an event like this offered on campus. She has tried out for American Idol twice and has been a contender in singing competitions in New Hampshire and Las Vegas. She said these past experiences have helped to make her more confident in her singing abilities and made her more prepared for the Aggie Idol event.
Blake Bower, a student who completed his audition, looks forward to finding out the results of who will make it to the finals. The results will be released in five days and event hosts will contact students who will continue to the final round.
“My voice has been a little scratchy the past few days, but it turned out fine and I was able to hit all of the notes,” said Bower, a senior studying economics and finance. Bower sang two songs for the judges Monday night; “All of Him” by John Legend and “Bring Him Home” from the Broadway Musical “Les Miserables.”