Students packed out the Conn Center’s floor seating on Friday, Feb. 1, for Sigma Nu Sigma’s annual talent show – this year renamed The House of Blues.
Traditionally, the club has hosted the Gong Show, which featured students of diverse talents who were not only judged by a panel of three judges but also by the mob of students in attendance.
The show received its title, “Gong Show,” due to the contestants risking being gonged off stage if the audience did not wish the performance to continue.
This year the show rid itself of the negative connotations involved with gonging off the contestants by making it a regular talent show and even changing the name to “The House of Blues.”
We changed it because we felt that it was very negative, and a lot of people didn’t want to participate in it because they would get nervous,
President of Sigma Nu Sigma Kayla Luckie said.
She explained how students would be rowdy and “boo” people simply for fun, and she and the rest of the club wanted to change it this year.
“This year we are trying to make it more encouraging and not let people be scared to show their talent,” sophomore Sigma member Kellie Phillippi said.
Dean of Students Alan McClung was a panel judge for the Gong Show last year and spoke to the audience before the show began, reminding them that this was a talent show, and negative behavior would not be tolerated.
McClung was optimistic about the new direction for the show and stated that the audience was going to see “some really great talent.”
New members to the various Greek Clubs on campus performed a variety of dance and singing routines, many of which were references to the popular movie “Pitch Perfect.” The line up also included a previous year’s winner, DJ Young, along with other musical groups and soloists.
This year’s first place prize went to Jordan Smith who sang “Stay” by Sara Bareilles. Second place went to the Chi Band with a singing act by the new Omega tap placing third.
The night ended in with an entertaining Zumba routine by freshman Jorge Machado. His high-energy act had a majority of the Conn Center up and dancing along with him.
Machado said he did not expect the crowd to react as enthusiastically as they did.
I had so much fun performing, and I’m really glad I did it! I was in it just to raise the roof and have fun with the crowd,
Due to the excited response from the crowd to his performance, Machado won a small prize along with the other winners.
Photo courtesy of Denyse Cruz