By Christopher Galvan
Every year, hundreds of Cal Poly Pomona students audition for the CPP’s Got Talent competition. The annual event welcomes students from all over the university with any number of talents, skills or unique acts to audition for a shot at CPP’s top talent spot.
Students gathered at Ursa Minor in the Bronco Student Center on Wednesday afternoon to showcase their talents in front of a panel of judges for a shot at CPP’s Got Talent, an annual competition hosted by the Associated Students, Inc. Bronco Events and Activities Team. The competition is slated to take place next quarter.
The judges this year are ASI senators, chairs and secretaries that represent a large body of students.
Up for consideration were many acts, including singers, dancers and instrumentalists. Many students auditioned solo as well as in duets and groups for a variety of acts.
Third-year marketing student Nick Gable, is in the running to be this year’s winner.
“I’ve been singing all my life and playing guitar since freshman year of high school,” said Gable before his audition. “It’s what I love to do.”
Gable is a musician that has developed his own unique style over a lifetime of singing and playing guitar, covering songs from Coldplay to Led Zeppelin. Although nervous, he was excited to try out for the prospect of winning the CPP competition, as singing and playing guitar are his favorite hobbies.
“Before you perform anytime, you get a little nervous,” he said. “But once I get on stage, it doesn’t matter. That little bit of butterflies always goes away.”
Confidence was key to Gable’s audition. He performed “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s and gave the judges samples of his other covers. Although he was only the fourth audition of the day, Gable set the bar high for the acts that followed.
“I’ve been told I’m good, which sometimes I don’t believe,” said Gable. “[Playing and singing] makes me happy, and it’s important to do what makes you happy.”
Fourth-year hospitality management student and ASI BEAT Music Chair Hana Kim is a part of this year’s judging panel. She wants to see acts the audience get involved, and hopes to see more variety in this year’s auditions.
“If they can get us really engaged with what they’re doing, then I’m definitely behind them,” said Kim. “Maybe even doing something other than singing or instrument playing. We want a variety of acts, definitely not just music.”
Once auditions end and acts are selected, competing performers will be able to showcase their talents in front of a much larger audience at the competition during winter quarter.
Second-year liberal studies student and ASI Programming Chair Sydney Martinez is an event judge, and is looking for unique events that will stand out for students.
“I’m looking for something out of the ordinary that will be interesting and exciting for us,” said Martinez. “Last year, there was a guy who beatboxed while his friends sang and that was really cool. I would like to see more interesting acts like that.”
Although this is her first year judging CPP’s Got Talent, she is eager to provide the student audience with an eclectic group of acts.
Martinez says that the judges see groups with varying levels of experience and professionalism, but all are welcome at the competition.
“We have had people with professional experience in the past, but I definitely don’t expect pros,” she said. “We had a band that was just messing around on stage and ended up being really good. If they can catch my attention with their audition or act, then I think that’s really good.”
Wednesday’s tryouts were the second round of auditions for the competition, featuring acts that utilize audio and video technology such as lights, videos and music. The first round of auditions was held during the first week of November for standalone performances, although walk-ins were encouraged at all auditions.
The CPP’s Got Talent competition will be a First Friday event in the BSC during winter quarter.
Chris Maciosek / The Poly Post
Auditions underway for CPP’s Got Talent
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