This year’s MU Idol contestants did not disappoint in their overall vocal deliveries on Tuesday night. Contestants sang two songs of their own choice and also contributed in opening and closing numbers. The opening number consisted of a Disney Medley which included songs from The Lion King, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and many more.
Next the contestants began singing their first round song choice. The first contestant to sing was Tara Steigerwalt, a senior biology major who sang “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. Next was Colin DiLucido, a sophomore music major who sang “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain. Thirdly went a duet number by Abby Stimach and Felicia Guarriello both juniors and meteorology majors who sang “Bouncing Off the Ceiling” by the A-Teens. Next went Tristan Wilson, a senior communcations major who sang acapella with his acoustic guitar to the song “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman.
In the fifth slot went Julia Roehm, a MU Alum that studied art sang “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. Next went Michaela Whitehouse, a freshman majoring in secondary education sang “This Is Me” by Demi Lovato. Lastly, went Philip Rooney, a freshman majoring in linguistics who sang “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie. After the first round was a brief intermission where Expressions Dance Team performed to “Don’t Wake Me Up,” followed by a special performance by MU Idol 2011’s winner John Scargall who sang “Raise Me Up” by Josh Groben.
The second round consisted of the contestants singing their second choice of song with commentary from the judges who were Dr. Boyle, PRSSA adviser, John Scargall, MU Idol 2011 winner and Amanda Reedy, PRSSA member.
Song choices for the second round included: Wilson, “Darkest Dream” by himself; Stimach and Guarriello, “For Good” by Wicked; Whitehouse, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor; Steigerwalt, “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera; Rooney, “I Am Alive;” Roehm, “Landslide” by Glee; and DiLucido, “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel.
The judges then deliberated and the votes were counted for people’s choice and third place went to Whitehouse, second place (people’s choice) went to Roehm, and the first place winner was DiLucido.
Lastly, the contestants gathered on stage for a closing number to the song “We Go Together” from the musical Grease. This event was presented by PRSSA, and Blossom Public Relations sold baked goods to benefit Church World Service of Lancaster as part of their fundraising campaign.