Bobcats showed up to the homecoming talent show to display their unique abilities, ranging from an elaborate stomping number to a performance with a Chinese yo-yo at Evans Auditorium Wednesday night.
Mal Hall, a San Diego comedian, hosted the event that consisted of 14 acts. Eight winners were crowned, including Phi Mu Alpha, the overall winners of the show.
“It’s crazy (that we won) because this is just something that we do for fun,” said Johnny Edds, Phi Mu Alpha member. “This is something that we’ll just be doing in the music hall in between classes and we’ll just start singing.”
Nick Raul’s musical performance won him the prize for the solo category. Singers were a crowd favorite at the event, and Phi Mu Alpha were named the winners of the large group division and the overall champions of the talent show for their rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
“The one thing that we really wanted to make sure that we did tonight was just have fun,” Edds said. “We didn’t expect to win because we had a lot of technical difficulties, or just missing steps, and it’s just an added bonus that we won.”
Harambee Dance Group won the artistic movement category with an energetic stomp routine. Morgan Stephan, French sophomore, performed with a Diablo, or Chinese yo-yo, and was rewarded with the variety category trophy.
Alondra Garcia, interdisciplinary studies freshman, thought the talent show was entertaining and attention-grabbing.
“I really liked the step dancing group (Harambee Dance),” Garcia said. “It was very unique from all of the other acts.”
Throughout the talent show, Hall introduced the performers with comedic delivery.
“I think the event was awesome, the acts were incredible,” Hall said. “There is a lot of talent on this campus and the energy from the crowd was also really, really good.”
The night hosted a diverse array of performers, including a sign language singer known on stage as Victoria Is Redeemed.
“I think that the talent show was really great,” said Brandy Cannon, interdisciplinary studies freshman. “They had amazing acts and it was great to see them showcase their talents.”
Alex Puryear, the Pride and Traditions coordinator, said this year’s show produced the greatest turnout in the event’s history.
“I think this show was the best one yet,” Puryear said. “I think it was a great turnout and we have had a lot more people here and involved than we have ever had.”