By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager
West Lib Idol contestants turned up the heat in the third night of the competition tonight, Feb. 17, in the Student Union Ballroom at West Liberty University.
The six singers performed songs that fit into a beach and summertime theme, and some were dressed very appropriately with their flowery leis, short shorts, and Hawaiian luau attire.
At the end of the night, the audience voted to determine the two finalists. However, there was a tie, and the three remaining contestants are Brooke Dorsey, AJ Holden, and Hannah Walters.
According to emcees Kevin Powell and Noah Woods, there is an opportunity to bring one more contestant back into the final round of competition. On the Housing and Student Life’s Instagram profile, you can vote on a post to save one of the following contestants: CJ Coakley, Zarek Wiley, or Luke Sadecky.
The first singer of the night was Zarek Wiley, who sang “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock and got the crowd fired up from the start. Next up was Luke Sadecky, and he performed a smooth “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. AJ Holden followed with a fun rendition of “Knee Deep” by the Zac Brown Band, and he definitely dressed the part.
Brooke Dorsey started the second half of the night with a sleek performance of “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. Hannah Walters followed with a rocking “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard. Last up was CJ Coakley with “Island in the Sun” by Weezer; she was dressed appropriately and even threw out some West Lib shout-outs throughout the song.
The four judges who provided commentary between each performance included Coordinator for Staff Development and Housing Operations Chris McPherson, Activities Coordinator Kate Billings, Executive Director of Housing & Student Life Marcella Snyder, and Admissions Counselor Travis Hinkle. McPherson even awarded free drinks from Jazzman’s Café and Bakery to students who tweeted the correct song title and artist of the lyrics he provided to the West Liberty Idol Twitter page.
Next Week, the finalists will be singing two songs each. One will be a song of their choice, and the other will be a song that is associated with a dead artist.
Be sure to attend the last night of West Lib Idol next Wednesday, Feb. 24, to see who wins!