THON’s Got Talent featured three performers pumping up the crowd and competing for the title in a live-voting contest. Last year’s winner The New Feel came out on top again with an electrifying cover of When You Were Young by The Killers.
The band Life Lounge started the contest, covering OneRepublic’s Loves Runs Out. It had great talent on the strings — the cellist played with a bow. Life Lounge also had a violin and keyboard, which was nice because not enough people appreciate the keyboard these days. The crowd tossed volleyballs around while most of the floor cheered the band on.
Hospitality served dancers 151- 350 between performances.
PSUkulele was second on the bill. One woman in the six-deep ensemble wearing a headband banged on what looked like a wooden cutting board the whole time, keeping the beat. The act performed Justin Bieber’s Sorry, almost hitting the high notes as well as Bieber himself. For its second song, the PSUkuleles mixed Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA and All Star by Smashmouth. All Star unsurprisingly got the crowd singing along. For a band of tiny instruments, they had some serious fire power. The cutting board player got an enthusiastic “Penn State” back to her “We Are” as she left the stage.
Hospitality served dancers 101-150 between performances. The Nittany Lion made an appearance on the stage while the third band set up and gave it a good luck dab.
The New Feel covered The Killers’ When You Were Young. It won last year after performing Mr. Brightside by the Killers and Shut up and Dance. The five-man band was a guitar army, with three of them on stage, backed-up by a drum set and killer vocals. The front man, Shawn Fox, led the crowd in an energetic performance to wrap up the show. He thanked the BJC as the band received a round of applause. The New Feel’s Mike D’Avella recently released an album and the proceeds are being donated to THON.