'Edinboro Idol' Continues Its Search for On-campus Talent

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 9:06 PM
'Edinboro Idol' Continues Its Search for On-campus Talent by Patrick Dewey
Students compete to win Edinboro Idol bi-weekly on Monday nights at Pogue.

Edinboro Idol, the talentbased event that has its roots in the popular television show “American Idol,” is set to continue this week with another round of challenges for competitors.

Caleb Richardson III, one of the main organizers of the event, says that even at this point, with some elimination going on, judging remains largely the same. This means that contestants are judged not only on their singing talent, but also on their presence or presentation.

Another way of putting this is that they are judged not only on their vocal performance, but whether or not they are attentive to the audience. If two out of the three judges agree that a contestant should move forward, then that contestant advances to the next round.

Richardson said there has been some “slight back and forth about who to eliminate or who not to eliminate.”

He says it is to be expected among judges with a variety of opinions, musical tastes, and perspectives.

“Overall the judging is going well,” he said.

In addition to noting this, Richardson reminds us that “the judges are not only there to critique.”

“They’re also there to have fun and to get the crowd to be energetic and into it."

A wide variety of musical genres have been represented by performances at Edinboro Idol so far. Some of these include R&B, punk and country.

“It didn’t really matter what genre people were singing, as long as they were good,” Richardson said.

Through organizing Edinboro Idol, Richardson has rediscovered his interest in marketing, promotion, and advertising. Richardson has been promoting this event since the end of last semester.

“I was pumping posts in and out every day so that people knew about it,” he said.

Richardson has taken his marketing efforts to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. He constantly encourages people to tell their friends and to further encourage “those friends tell their friends,” creating a web of people who are enthusiastic about attending Edinboro Idol.

He was also proud to see that information about Edinboro Idol was written on the marquee outside of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

Richardson said that a unique challenge of putting on Edinboro Idol was convincing people to audition.

“They may be nervous or have their doubts,” he said. In addition, this may combine with a busy schedule or workload.

Despite this, he was very positive about getting people who wanted to audition.

Richardson said that not only students, but Edinboro community members and those from other schools are welcome to come to Edinboro Idol events.

You can see a showcase of the diverse talent on campus demonstrated through a wide variety of musical genres at Edinboro Idol. The finals will be in April.

Patrick Dewey is a Contributing Writer for The Spectator.

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