Lip Sync battle a fun night for all

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Julia Stevens

After a small power outage and a lot of panic, the Lip Sync Battle happened, and it was a great success. Food was provided in the form of BBQ and buffalo wings, pretzels, and buffalo and spinach dip form British Beer Company, and snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookies and whoopie pies from Bean Counter.
The categories for the battle were Rock and Country, Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B, Duets, 80s and 90s, and Today’s Hits and Pop, all with fabulous prizes including a waterproof bluetooth speaker, Coldstone and bookstore gift cards, and much more. Judges were chosen from the audience and were different for every category to keep things fresh.
In the Rock and Country category Julia Stevens synced “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! at the Disco, walking through the audience and creepily singing to people. She ended the song by actually falling down on the stage. Lauren Price rocked out to “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett, making the audience feel the love too. Casey Cerran performed the only country song, “Anything Goes” by Randy Houser, and was a light in the dark for all country fans. The winner was ultimately Julia Stevens, probably because the judges couldn’t tell if her fall was intentional or not, and they felt bad.
For the Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B category, there were only two contestants, so of course it was a close call between them. Naheer Lahdo rapped the classic Eminem song “Without Me” and brought the house down by going ‘round the outside. The second contestant was a girl named Emily who sang Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” and reached up and touched the sky with her performance. The winner was Naheer Lahdo, but it was a hard decision for the judges to make.
In Duets, which was the most popular category, there was intense competition. Binta Paye and Jurnee Ware showed their fierce sides performing a fan favorite “Cheetah Girls Cheetah Sisters.” Emily who synced “Starships” in the Hip Hop round made her second appearance with her friend Faith and they did the massive hit “Closer” by the Chainsmokers, which pulled them closer to a win. Veronica Beaupre and her friend Kelsey synced “Gotta Go My Own Way” by Troy and Gabriella from High School Musical, so naturally the whole audience was singing along with them because who can resist the beautiful voices of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens? Two friends named Casey and Colin kept the High School Musical theme going with “Breaking Free,” and added a twist that was that Colin was Gabriella and Casey was Troy. The winners were Binta and Junree, because Cheetahs are the OG Disney classics.
For the 80s and 90s round, Renee Leavitt of AC Idol fame was just a small town girl but performed like she was born and raised in south Detroit with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” Jenna told the audience what she really really wanted with “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. And Mary performed Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” with the every bit of power the song has. Renee was the winner because she never stopped believing.
Finally, in Today’s Hits and Pop, Mark SanClemente brought the heat with Beyonce’s “Love on Top,” Faith Monroe hit the crowd with an awesome “Sledgehammer” by Rihanna, and Binta Paye returned to the stage and kept with her Disney theme with “This Is Me” by Demi Lovato from Camp Rock. In the end, there could only be one winner, and of course, Queen B remains at the top of the heap.
Congratulations to Julia, Naheer, Binta, Jurnee, Renee, and Mark, all well deserved wins. Thanks to the Campus Activities Board (CAB) for putting together a great night full of awesome performances.

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