FSU’s Dance Team hosted its annual FSU’s Got Talent show in DPAC on April 12. Talents ranged from dancing and singing to magic.
Judges were Marcie Dineen, Larned Hall’s area director, Meg Nowak, dean of students and David Baldwin, associate dean of students.
The program began with a Fusion Team dance set to a Beyoncé medley including songs such as “Love on Top” and “Run the World (Girls).”
Next, junior Stephen Donnelly sang “She Used to Be Mine” from the musical “Waitress.” A handful of “boos” came from the audience when Dineen said she did not feel emotion from his singing.
Kristian Bandeira came out next wearing all black with a Jabbawockeez mask on. He danced to a mash-up of One Republic’s “Apologize” and 50 Cent’s “In the Club.”
Junior Josh Rumple, accompanied by his guitar, sang “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. Baldwin commended Rumple’s choice to begin the song by singing a capella.
“God bless you,” Baldwin said.
Junior Mike Terra was the only magician at the talent show. He asked three women to come up on stage so he could read their minds. He asked each of the women a different question, had them write their answers down on a piece of paper, then placed them in a baseball hat.
Terra got all the answers correct, leaving the judges guessing how he did it.
Then, three dancers, sophomores Elinam Kumahia, Christine Nwafor and freshman Nancy Amankwah from the African Student Association (ASA), came on stage wearing multi-colored cargo pants .
They danced to a medley of songs.
Dineen said she enjoyed the dancers’ stage presence. “Loved the pants,” she added.
As soon as sophomores Kevin Follis and Ciarra Bulgar came on stage, the crowd went wild. The crowd continued to cheer as the duo danced to a Beyoncé medley. They received a standing ovation from the entire audience and the judges.
Kiyanna Chataigne, a freshman, said, “Ciarra and Kevin were my favorite. They were so in sync and definitely had the most energy.”
Taylor Anderson, a freshman, agreed, “The coordination and music choice was the perfect combination of flawlessness.”
Following the dance duo, senior John Ferrera sang “Long Black Train” by Josh Turner. He danced during the instrumentals and got the crowd clapping along.
Baldwin said, “I was surprised by
the baritone, but the dance moves put me over the edge.”
After a final burlesque dance number from the Fusion team, the judges announced the winners. Third place went to Donnelly, second went to ASA and first went to Follis and Bulgar.
Donnelly said the talent show “gave me the opportunity to show what I can do outside of the classroom, as well as highlighting the amazing talents of my peers.”
Margaret Richardson, a sophomore, said, “I would’ve picked the same people.”
Sarah Horwitz, a senior, said, “I’ve gone to this event in the past. This year was the most diverse yet!”