THON’s Got Talent Showcases Impressive Student Musicians

The 2013 THON’s Got Talent competition showcased three talented musical acts that kept the folks at the Bryce Jordan Center on their feet as the hours continue to roll by. The three acts were comprised of Penn State students who were excited to grace the THON stage and win over an audience that would ultimately decide the winner via a text vote.

First up was the duo of Brett Altman on acoustic guitar and vocals and Brian Cugini playing the keyboard and providing backing vocals. Altman and Cugini started off with a medley of over a dozen songs that all use the same three or four chords, perhaps paying homage to Australia’s Axis of Awesome, who played 40 songs using the same four chords in a hilarious five minute medley.

It took a minute for the crowd to catch on to what the duo was doing, but once Altman and Cugini played snippets of enough chart-topping songs, the crowd caught on to their clever performance. To end their set, the duo performed an original song titled “Rhythm Of The Heart,” a nice pop tune that showcased Altman’s impressive vocal range.

Second to perform was another duo. This time Radler Kelly and Tim Jackson graced the stage with Kelly on vocals and Jackson on acoustic guitar for a two-song showcase. First, they impressively covered Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” to the delight of the THON crowd. Next, they performed a rendition of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.” It takes balls to perform a J Biebs song in front of thousands of people, and Kelly’s vocals were so impressive that they might actually rival the pipes of J Biebs himself.

The third act was a trio featuring Steve McGettigan on acoustic guitar, Raul Garcia on vocals, and Dan Filson beatboxing.

The trio started out performing Matisyahu’s hit “One Day.” The beginning of the performance was hampered by some technical difficulties and microphone feedback. Filson’s microphone was turned up too high, making his beatboxing overwhelm the vocals of Garcia. The problem was fixed half-way through the song, and they rebounded nicely and finished the song strong. The performance even featured a cool beatbox-guitar battle before the song’s final verse.

The second song the trio performed was a cover of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 which impressively segued into a rendition of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

The winner was ultimately determined by a text vote by those in attendance and after a brief tally, Altman and Cugini were named the winners.

Personally, I would have opted for Kelly and Jackson for their badass Bieber performance , but each act was definitely impressive and Altman and Cugini are worthy winners.

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Sam Cooper

Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.

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