Winner for ‘Edinboro’s Got Talent’ announced

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 10:10 PM
Winner for ‘Edinboro’s Got Talent’ announced by Madi Gross
Photo: Madi Gross

The “Edinboro’s Got Talent” finale was held on April 7 in Cole Auditorium. The competition began with a performance by the Xlcusive Step Team and an introduction by host Caleb Richardson III. Each of the three remaining contestants — Noah Saylor, Richard Gibson and Makayla Murray — were given time to perform multiple songs and magic tricks.

Noah Saylor, a freshman, performed a set he titled “Progressions,” which contained three songs: “Everlong” by Foo Fighters, “Karma Police” by Radiohead and “Two Head Boy, Part II” by Neutral Milk Hotel. At the beginning of the competition, Saylor was a part of a duo, which split a few weeks ago. This was the second performance in which Saylor performed by himself.

Sophomore Richard Gibson performed a set, titled “The Final Curtain.” He completed two magic tricks within his set, titled “Dots” and “Split.” In the first trick, he asked an audience member to pick one of the three dots on boards on the stage; the audience member picked the green dot. Gibson then revealed an envelope taped to the stage where he had written a note to himself that the audience member was going to pick the green dot.

In his second trick, Gibson had an assistant get into a large box, which he then proceeded to shove swords through. After he removed all the swords, his assistant was again revealed without harm or injuries.

The third contestant was junior Makayla Murray, who sang a set titled “My Favorite Things.” Murray’s first song was “Popular” from “Wicked,” where her sister joined her on stage to portray “Elphaba” from the play. Her set continued with “The Man that Got Away” from “A Star is Born” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from “Phantom of the Opera.”

After the performers finished, the judges went backstage to deliberate. After that, one of the judges, Casey Conrad-Medvis, performed “My Way” by Paul Anka and Claude François. Rachel Nicely — the winner of last year’s Edinboro Idol — performed “To Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.

When these performances were finished, judge Drew Patrick held short interviews on stage with each of the last three contestants. The end of the interviews led to judges George Morgan and Debra Campbell announcing that the final two contestants continuing into the final round would be Gibson and Saylor.

In the final round, Saylor performed an original song that he and his friends wrote. Gibson completed a trick where he had an audience member with a ring come up to the stage, where he then proceeded to somehow make the ring disappear and end up in a walnut, an egg, a lemon and a bag.

At the end of it all, it was Noah Saylor who took first place in the competition.

Richardson III closed the program by extending his gratitude to all who participated in the show. Whether it was setting the program up, performing in, judging, being a part of the crew or audience, he expressed that all of these people were important to the success of this show.

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