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Kid’s Talent Show Electrifies The BJC At THON 2018

Before the athletes took over the THON stage for the Pep Rally on Saturday night, the kids got a chance to showcase their talents in front of an at-capacity BJC crowd.

First up is a mixed group of staff and children from Hershey Children’s Hospital, performing an acoustic FTK remix of Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling.” The song featured THON-themed lyrics like “FTK the Four Diamond Way, so just dance, dance, dance.” The group’s remix on the popular jam by the Super Bowl-performer oozed creativity, and certainly got the crowd grooving to kick off the show.

Caleb Deckman and his dad took the stage next to send a message to childhood cancer: “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” The BJC was feeling the heavy guitar riffs and defiant cowbell, as the father-son duo rocked the Four Diamonds stage to the Twisted Sister classic.

Kaitlyn Good, accompanied by backup dancers in Finding Nemo hats, performed a soulful rendition of “Space Between” by Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson. Kaitlyn’s performance earned a phone-flashlight ovation and a thunderous applause.

Cora Beyer threw it back to 1982 by dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Cora nailed the iconic dance moves, red jacket and all.

Dylan Moser kept the energy going with Walk The Moon’s “One Foot.” Dylan looked like a natural performer on stage, and he made sure to win the crowd over by concluding with a “We Are” chant.

Next, Landon Knepp gave the crowd exactly what it wanted. He broke it down to Usher’s “Yeah,” an obvious crowd favorite. Usher couldn’t have done better himself. We have to admit — the kid’s got moves!

Carly took the stage to follow Landon’s performance with a dance routine of her own. She showed off her moves to “Came Here for Love,” which the crowd appreciated.

Emily Robinson then delivered arguably the song of the century: “Let It Go.” Emily, dressed as Queen Elsa, turned the BJC into a Disney sing-a-long, as the audience joined in on the chorus.

Ashley Otstott followed the Frozen hit with Niall Horan’s “This Town.” The capacity crowd showed its approval of her pop-hit cover with a booming applause.

Next was Savannah Keenen singing Grace Vanderwaal’s “Light The Sky.” The light melody and upbeat ukulele chords had the BJC on its feet clapping along to the beat.

Savannah Keenen totally nailed her performance of Grace Vanderwaal’s “Light The Sky” on the main stage at THON 2018.

Jackson Brennan then dedicated a saxophone solo to his little sister battling Leukemia. The tribute won over the hearts of dancers, spectators, and bloggers, alike.

Paula Engel-Herbert followed the woodwind solo by singing her heart out to Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing.” Great song choice, but an even better performance.

Janace Wasser kept the crowd entertained with “The Cure” by Lady GaGa before announcing that she was accepted into Penn State yesterday! The crowd erupted for Janace’s performance and her great news.

Sydney Bush then sang “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus, though her encore of “Fly Eagles Fly” may have been the crowd’s favorite part of the of the evening.

Even though the dancers can’t look at a clock, they knew it was Hammer Time when Josiah Garcia danced to MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.” The crowd erupted each time Josiah busted a move.

McKenna Speed came next, singing Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song.” The heartfelt lyrics sparkled the audience with phone flashlights once again.

Natasha Bigler put a bow on the talent show with a performance dedicated to her sister, Dominique, who passed away. Natasha and a chorus of the entire lower bowl sang along to “Livin’ On A Prayer” in an energetic tribute to end the show.

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Anthony Fiset

Anthony is a junior majoring in Economics. He, like many others, is from right outside of Philly, and by right outside of Philly, he means Pittsburgh. His only source of pride is being a lifetime Costco Executive Member. You can call him, beep him if you wanna reach him at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @antnyfst.

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