By Karina Ultreras
Watch out “America’s Got Talent”! Cal Poly Pomona students made debut performances of their hidden talents at the annual CPP’s Got Talent on Friday, hosted by Associated Students, Inc.
Students from different colleges took the stage at the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Major to showcase their unique skills in front of a group of judges and an audience.
The judges included, ASI President Julian Herrera, Director of Student Conduct & Integrity Susan Ashe, track and field athlete Austin Braunschweiger, Orientation Captain for Orientation Services Jared Tolbert, and ASI Secretary of Programs and Services Xyrine Dapal.
Students enjoyed performances from fellow Broncos and fun foods including tater tots, pretzels with cheese dip and corndogs.
Dancing, ventriloquism, rapping and singing were a few of the talents presented at the show. The judges had a difficult time deciding who to award first and second place. The first place winner received a $100 gift card, which was awarded to third-year chemical and materials engineering student Madeline Durling.
Durling won praise from the judges and crowd with a jazz cover of Radiohead’s hit song “Creep.”
“I’ve never won anything like this for singing and music, so it’s exciting. My hard work is validated and paid off,” said Durling. “I’m in chamber choir on campus, but I’m [a] chemical engineering [student], so it doesn’t really come into my future, but it’s definitely a hobby that I’m not going to let go.”
Postmodern Jukebox on YouTube inspired Durling to perform solo.
“I’ve been in choir my whole life, but I’ve never sang solo before,” said Durling. “I really like jazz and combining like the modern songs with jazz was intriguing. I chickened out two years in a row and finally did it. “
The judges said they appreciated her restraint of keeping in the energy in certain sections of the song and felt transported into a jazz lounge.
ASI President Julian Herrera, a fifth-year communication student, enjoyed being a judge for the annual event.
” This is the first time I’ve ever been a judge. I’m happy they gave me the opportunity,” said Herrera.
Sydney Fisher, a third-year liberal studies student and Bronco Events and Activities Team Music Chair, made sure everything went according to plan.
“This event gets pretty intense to handle because you’re trying to work with a number of people that are performing. It does get stressful balancing this, schoolwork, work and family ” everything gets crazy,” said Fisher.
With almost every seat taken, friends and fellow peers cheered and supported the performers. Niko Hudson, a third-year hospitality student, came out to applaud Nkeiruka Igbonagwam, a third-year international business marketing student and BEAT Outreach Chair.
“This is my first time coming, I think [the event is] good to bring the campus together,” said Hudson.
Igbonagwam’s energized dance performance won her second place.
Aside from studying, exams and projects, students had the opportunity to let lose and enjoy their Friday night in a positive environment.
“It builds confidence, boosts energy and spirit on campus to come out and support these people that are performing,” said Fisher.
Herrera agrees with Fisher that the event helps students in a variety of ways.
“This is an opportunity for students to come up and face their fears to get over their stage fright,” said Herrera.
A technical problem occurred when a song cut off in the middle and forced the performer to restart.
Besides the issues, CPP’s Got Talent came to campus for another year.
“Even with the hiccups, we had the students in the audience happy,” said Herrera.
With a supportive crowd, all students are encouraged and welcomed to express their hidden talents and be themselves.
Karina Ultreras / The Poly Post
CPP’s Got Talent
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