The THON Factor: Second Variety Show

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Shortly after 10 a.m., the second part to the Children’s Variety Hour kicked off to a very large, enthusiastic crowd in the BJC.

Dani Otstott started the hour surrounded by her THON committee, singing her own rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s “Good Time.” She was wearing a giraffe headband, and rocked her performance. After Dani, her sister Ashley, danced to a mix of *NSYNC songs, even incorporating some of the “Bye Bye Bye” music video choreography into her routine.

Bryan Weinsheimer followed the sisters, performing the smash hit, “Home” by Phillip Phillips. He did a fantastic job getting up on the stage and singing his heart out!

Katie Bush followed Bryan, performing an incredibly moving rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “I Miss You,” bursting out into tears at one point. She was surrounded by a loving embrace, which helped her performance grow stronger. After Katie, her little sister Sydney sang her own version of everybody’s favorite Carly Rae Jepsen hit, “Call Me Maybe.”

Tucker and Taylor Haas took to the stage after the Bush sisters, performing Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj’s newest single, “Beauty and the Beat.” The crowd absolutely adored their performance, and Tucker and Taylor finished their song to a boom of applause from the audience.

Jacob and Ella Trimble showed off their wicked awesome hula hoop tricks, looking absolutely adorable.

After the Trimble siblings, Dylan Moser sang Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” with some serious spunk and swag. “Cancer…we are NEVER EVER EVER getting back together!”

Following Dylan’s swag-tastic performance, a group of THON families, as well as some staff members from Hershey Med, sang and danced to Phillip Phillips’ “Home.” They sang about the Four Diamonds Fund, thanking them for all of their work.

A trio of girls followed Dylan’s performance, singing One Direction’s “That’s What Makes You Beautiful.” At the end of their performance, they, like so many of the children performing before them, shouted out a “WE ARE!” chant.

The variety hour is always one of the favorite parts of THON, and neither of the two this year disappointed.

Photo By: Evan Ponter

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Meghin is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She transferred from the Harrisburg campus as a junior to finish out her schooling at University Park. She has a passion for all things music, fashion, art, and food. She's a Pennsylvania native (born outside of Pittsburgh, and lived in Lebanon for 11 years), but resides in Virginia when she's not in school, and has moved a total of ten times in her life, mostly thanks to the military.

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