King’s Students Exhibit Their Talents
King’s College students had the opportunity to showcase their talent to their peers at the 4th Annual King’s Got Talent Show on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Burke Auditorium. The show was sponsored by the Columbiettes and was hosted by junior Eric Grego of Campus Activities. During the show, money was collected to help Ruth’s Place, a woman’s shelter inWilkes-Barre.
In November, students who wished to perform in the show had to attend an audition night in the Burke Auditorium. No one was “cut” from the audition process since it was meant to be a talent show-like event rather than “America’s Got Talent,” the reality show seen on TV.
Kelsey Jones, president of the Columbiettes, said the show was well-attended. There were roughly about 200 people that came out to see the show.
There were ten performances in all. The show kicked off with sophomore Cassie Powdar who sang “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” by Alicia Keys.
Next in line was Andie Bunker, who sang “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood. Afterward, Amanda Paterno sang “Over You” by Miranda Lambert. She was accompanied by Erin Dempsey, who played the guitar.
Nicole Lawler played the hit song “What Makes You Beautiful,” by the British band One Direction, on her saxophone.
Chris Gapo sang “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5. Gapo was accompanied by two friends. One played the bongo while the other played the guitar.
Ruthly Cadestin sang and played an original song which she wrote for her father. She said that she played it for him on Father’s Day one year.
Last year’s King’s Idol winner Cathy Ortolani sang “Almost Lover” by A Fine Frenzy.
Tamika Lee, Chelsea Villarreal and Ryan O’Donnell performed “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.
The band Speak Hands For Me (Kati Sudnick and Andrew St. Clair) created an acoustic mash-up of “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and “We Are Young” by Fun.
Kyle Fellows did voice impressions of Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises,” Optimist Prime from “Transformers” and Peter Griffin from “Family Guy.”
The last performer of the night was Lexi Bolinski, who sang a song by Jessica Potter.
Unexpectedly, after Bolinksi’s performance, Serigne Fall went up on stage and did a President Barack Obama impression. The audience was enthralled by how much he sounded like President Obama. A few minutes later, Gapo joined Fall and together, they performed a Christopher Walken and Barack Obama interview. People were impressed by how much Gapo sounded like Christopher Walken.
This year’s King’s Got Talent was a night to remember. “The turnout of the show was great,” said sophomore Columbiette President Kelsey Jones. “All of the acts were phenomenal.”