Thirteen contestants auditioned for King's Idol on Feb. 7.  Photo Credit: Student Activities
Thirteen contestants auditioned for King’s Idol on Feb. 7.
Photo Credit: Student Activities

Students packed into Connerton’s on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8 pm to watch 13 contestants perform at King’s Idol. The theme for this week was Grammy Award Songs of the Year.

Katie Truillo, a mass communications major, started the night with a performance of the R&B song “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse, which won Song of the Year in 2008.

Mass communications major Caryn Wielgopolski sang the winner from 2012, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

Betty Montgomery, a theatre major, performed “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the country band The Dixie Chicks, which won in 2007.

Tyler Tynes, a mass communications major, sang the 2003 winner R&B song “Dance with my Father” by Luther Vandross.

Physician assistant major Jillian Hall sang the 1999 winning pop song “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.

Kristen Cirilo, a criminal justice major, performed the country pop song “Need You Now” by Lady Antabellum from 2011.

Nadia Anabtawi performed the 2002 winning “Fallin”, an R&B song by Alicia Keys.

Finance major Matt Kropp sang the reggae song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin from 1989.

Marketing major Michael Hoskins sang the 1975 winner, “The Way We Were,” a pop song by Barbra Streisand.

Ide Thompson, a biology major, sang the 1973 winning soul song, ‘Killing Me Softly with His Song,” by Roberta Flack.

Mass Communications major Lexi Bolinski sang the 1998 winning folk-rock song “Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin.

Education major Katie Kuzma performed “What’s Love Got to do with it” a pop song by Tina Turner from 1985.

Shannon Shemanski performed the 1993 winner “A Whole New World” a pop song by Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle.

All contestants received positive feedback on their performances from the judges and the crowd. Friends, family, classmates, and teammates of all the singers excitedly cheered and applauded them after every song.

Matt Powell, a senior mass communications major, said the show was great.

“I thought everyone did really well…they were all a pleasure to watch,” Powell said.

Voting for the next round is available now on the King’s website under the “MyKings” page. King’s Idol will resume next week with the twelve contestants that make it to the next round. It will take place in Connertons on Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 pm.