Last week, Ship Idol hosted its fourth year of auditions and plenty of eager contestants lined up.
The singers could pick any song of their choice and had to sing a three-minute a capella for the judges.
The judges will select the top 12 singers to move on to the first round. Last year the event was ran independently, but this year the Activities Program Board will be hosting the event for the first time.
APB’s presence has increased the funding and marketing, which means better prizes and a better special host for the final round of Ship Idol.
The first-place prize is $300 and the runner-up will receive $150.
There will be prizes for the audience on every night, and the important dates to remember are as follows.
Feb. 26 will be the first round, March 26 is the second round, and April 16 will wrap up the big finale. All of those nights will be hosted in the CUB MPR at 9:30 p.m. and each night will have its own specific theme.
I got the opportunity to sit down with a couple of the contestants as they nervously waited for their audition.
Cristen Harris, a sophomore, told me she was singing “I’m Going Down” by Mary J. Blige. This was her first time ever singing at an audition and was motivated by her friends to enter. Another contestant, Angie Mason sang “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. She is a first year student and incorporates this song when she is working as a campus tour guide.
All contestants were judged on creativeness, style, song choice and control. With expectations of more than 50 participants, the competition should be fierce.