Ship Idol


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Chase Wenger wanted to impress the ladies in the audience with his acoustic version of “Let Me Love You” by Mario.

The battle is on for the next Ship Idol.

For the past three weeks, 10 contestants have given all they have into their performances through singing and dancing in an effort to impress voters and prove they are the next Ship Idol.

Eight contestants remained in Round 3, seducing the crowd in the CUB MPR with what they believed was “baby-making” music. Natalie Kunce, Jean Martinez, Faith Bachman and Brian Clarke, otherwise known as the Simon of the group, judged the performers on Tuesday night.

First up was Kat Doyle singing her rendition of “Toxic” by Britney Spears while playing the guitar. So impressed by her performance, Kunce said, “I don’t want to hear anyone else.”

Doyle set the bar high for the remaining contestants, but they did not fail to impress. With sensual songs hot enough to make you sweat and sweet affectionate songs mushy enough to make your heart melt, the audience was sure to feel the love in the air.

After the audience voted, all eight challengers came together to sing “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men. They tallied the results and the audience voted Emily Frye out, ending her Ship Idol career.

For Doyle, Chelsea Belles, Chase Wenger, Ashlee Papada, Olivia Ickes, Tisha Schwanger and Sarah Grillo, the fight continues with show tunes straight from Broadway.

During Week 1, the 10 finalists were “gettin’ jiggy” with one-hit wonders of the ’90s. Meg Miller, who sang “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones, did not know why the audience decided she would not go on to Round 2.

Competition heated up in the second round when competitors got “down home and dirty” with their favorite country hits. Mitch Bamberger’s hat toss was not enough to impress the audience and he was cowboy-booted before the next round.

First place will receive a $250 prize and second place will receive $100. Free tickets are handed out to those who come before the show starts and are worth two votes. Additional tickets equivalent to one vote can also be purchased for 25 cents.

All the proceeds from both Rounds 1 and 2 went to The King’s Kettle Food Bank, located on 30 N. Fayette St.. All proceeds in Round 3 supported TOMS Shoes, who give shoes to children in need.

Students, family and friends are encouraged to come and cheer on their favorite performer until the final round and help determine the next Ship Idol.


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