Mountaineer Idol provides hope, nostalgia
Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 07:09
The second round of West Virginia University’s singing competition, Mountaineer Idol, was held Friday in the Mountainlair ballrooms.
Sponsored by Wishmakers on Campus, a WVU student organization, Friday’s action provided a chance for the competitors to put on a performance and give back to a great cause.
For every $5 the singers collected for the Make-A-Wish foundation, one point was earned for their final judging score, and this incentive proved to be influential.
"I am so very proud to announce that each of the 13 contestants raised at least $25 and raised over $600 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation," said Sonja Wilson, senior programming administrator for the WVU Mountainlair.
Also benefitting from this endorsement was 12-year-old guest judge Emily, a Morgantown native who was selected as Wishmakers’ "wish kid."
In receiving that distinction, Emily joined Miss West Virginia, Kaitlin Gates, as the night’s second guest judge.
With stars lining the stage to commemorate Make-A-Wish’s contributions, competitors performed for Emily and the other judges with stellar results.
The night’s theme was "songs from the year you were born," and tunes from a wide variety of early ‘90s bands were performed expertly by the 13 remaining contestants.
"This has been a record year for us," Wilson said. "A record number of students auditioned for Mountaineer Idol, a record number of money (was) raised for Make-A-Wish and I know other records will be broken as well."
With three contestants eliminated from competition Friday night, Mountaineer Idol is turning to social media outlets Facebook and Twitter to garner exposure for the final 10 singers.
In effect until Friday at 9 p.m., Idol is boasting a social media contest on its Facebook and Twitter pages.
Voters will find pictures of each of the remaining 10 Idol hopefuls, and they can either "like" or "retweet" the image of their favorite competitor.
The contestant with the most combined likes and retweets will be granted immunity for the upcoming round of singing, which automatically qualifies him or her for round four.
With campaigns like this and two successful rounds already in the bag for Mountaineer Idol, Wilson urges students to participate in the competition and make an attempt to catch the talent in person.
"I hope that students will come out to future shows to actually see the talent that we have here at WVU," Wilson said.
Round three, which is themed "oldies," will be hosted Friday in the Mountainlair Ballroom at 9 p.m.
In honor of Homecoming weekend, Mountaineer Maniacs is hosting the round and giving out wristbands to the first 150 guests in attendance.
Do not miss your chance to support your Mountaineers as they battle for microphone supremacy and the chance to become the next Mountaineer Idol.
Follow Mountaineer Idol on Twitter @MountaineerIdol and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WVUMountaineerIdol to vote for your favorite contestant and to stay current with the latest Idol news.