Mr. R&R and Mrs. Entertainment Crowned at the THON Pageant
More than 2,000 students took their seats in Eisenhower Auditorium last night for the fifth annual Mr. and Mrs. THON Pageant. The attendance set a new record for the fun-filled event, as the various committees pitted against each other for THON royalty.
Larry Moore was the pageant DJ, and he did not take his job lightly. Moore had the crowd entertained from the second they walked in with universal favorites ranging from Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” to The Jackson 5’s “ABC”.
To kick off the show, the Mr. and Mrs.’s of each committee took the stage for an opening dance to a mashup beginning with “Applause” by Lady Gaga. The boys did a solo to another Gaga hit titled “Boys, Boys, Boys,” and the girls then stole the spotlight for Pitbull’s “Show Me Money.” Both parties had excellent can-can technique, and could show the Lionettes some serious competition (not really).
Following the opening dance, the crowd was introduced to the Weinsheimer family. Bryan Weinsheimer, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of six in 2007, and his younger brother joined up with Aly Young, a Family Relations captain, to emcee the event.
The crowd was then introduced to the four judges of the 2014 Pageant. These included Bobby Walter, the former Homecoming executive director; Rhonda Bates, the 2013 Homecoming queen; Tommy Olczyk, the Men’s Hockey captain; and PJ Mullen of B94.5 and The Morning Zoo.
The emcees then made the announcement that, in contrast from previous years, the winners of Mr. THON and Mrs. THON did not need to be from the same committee, which increased the competition between every participant.
In the first portion of the pageant, the representatives of each committee performed a talent segment. A few included a cooking show by the Morale captains, an original mash-up by Mr. and Mrs. Rules and Regs, and a dance performance by Mr. and Mrs. Entertainment.
After the talent portion, the Weinsheimer family stepped up to the stage to share their personal story. Bryan, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of six, will be six years cancer free on April 8, 2014. The family shared that the Four Diamonds Fund has covered bills for Bryan’s surgeries, walkers, and physical therapy sessions — and they couldn’t be more grateful.
The next portion of the night was a gear competition. Captains were required to dress their model with random accessories from a box and explain the meaning of each choice in 30 seconds. As the judges deliberated on the top three choices for each crown, the Weinsheimer Family exhibited their own talents as the children hula hooped across the stage entertaining the crowd.
The top three contestants for Mr. THON 2014 were Mr. R&R, Mr. Public Relations, and Mr. Entertainment. The top three for Mrs. THON were Mrs. R&R, Mrs. Entertainment, and Mrs. Family Relations.
Those who progressed onto the next round were asked a series of questions, and the judges made their final decisions based on their responses.
As the judges deliberated regarding the winners, the THON 2014 Executive Committee performed an original dance to “The Fox.”
Following the dance, a drumroll commenced and the winners were revealed. Mr. R&R Tyler Bank took the crown for Mr. THON, and Lindsay Bloom, Mrs. Entertainment, was crowned Mrs. THON 2014. Congratulations to both contestants and all those who participated in the energetic competition.