[Live Blog] Penn State THON 2020: $11,696,942.38 All #FTK
Welcome the central hub of Onward State’s coverage of THON 2020. Follow along here for updates, pictures, videos, and more from the 48th annual THON.
Sunday, February 23
4:12 p.m. — Your THON 2020 total is… $11,696,942.38 all #FTK!!!
4:05 p.m. — Here are this year’s top fundraising organizations: Dancer Relations placed first among committees, with $132,081. Zachary Sowa and Eric Gaspich led all Independent Dancer Couples with $48,725.27. Fayette paved the way for all of the Commonwealth Campuses with $71,063.48. Phi Gamma Nu led all general organizations with $114,481.77. For Greek organizations, Alpha Tau Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha raised the most money with $291,081.06. Lastly, Eclipse came in first for special interest organizations with $158,169.93.
4:00 p.m. — After a countdown led by the Exec Commitee, the dancers are sitting!
3:58 p.m. — That’s it! Two minutes remain in THON 2020! The BJC is roaring!
3:52 p.m. — Go Go Gadget’s set ends, and the THON 2020 Executive Committee is about to lead the final line dance of THON 2020!
3:50 p.m. — Name a better duo. We’ll wait.
3:47 p.m. — Song No. 1 is Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Seems to have been mixed with an original rap.
3:47 p.m. — Gadget’s on to its last song, which is a mashup of two songs that they say they’ve only played once.
3:44 p.m. — The opening chords of “September” draw cheers from the BJC crowd.
3:44 p.m. — Tail Guitar and a little keyboard playing from the Nittany Lion! Zach Sowa, the man behind the mask, danced in THON this year and has been standing for just over 45.5 hours.
3:42 p.m. — The Nittany Lion is center-stage with Gadget’s frontmen, dancing to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
3:38 p.m. — “Zombie Nation,” an obvious crowd favorite, into “Sandsorm.” The BJC is going off.
3:38 p.m. — Lion King remix, complete with Nittany Lion Zach Sowa!
3:32 p.m. — Classic! “Diamonds” into “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
3:32 p.m. — “Diamonds” by Rihanna has the BJC crowd bumping, and probably trying to predict the next awesome transition.
3:31 p.m. — Now we’re into a live trumpet version of “The Final Countdown” and “Mr. Saxobeat.”
3:30 p.m. — ALL OF THE LIGHTS!
3:29 p.m. — SHRED! Guitar solo to break up “No Diggity.”
3:28 p.m. — Go Go Gadjet is now performing a remix of “No Diggity.”
3:26 p.m. — Make that two LMFAO covers during this set from Go Go Gadjet! This time, it’s “Party Rock Anthem.”
3:24 p.m. — “You guys don’t sing all that bad, either,” Go Go Gadget said after the BJC hit the chorus of “Use Somebody” perfectly.
3:20 p.m. — Gadget is slowing it down now with a guitar-and-vocals cover of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon.
3:16 p.m. — “Only shooting stars break the mold.”
3:16 p.m. — Smash Mouth time! They didn’t have to ask the crowd for help singing along to “All-Star.”
3:15 p.m. — Fancy footwork from Gadget to introduce “Valerie!”
3:13 p.m. — TAKE ON ME!
3:12 p.m. — They’re back!
3:11 p.m. — “Can we take a little musical journey?”
Time for some 80s hits!
3:01 p.m. — “Party Rock Anthem” is up next!
3:01 p.m. — Another fantastic transition into “Lean on” by Major Lazer and now Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
3:00 p.m. — Gadget’s getting a little help from the crowd on the chorus of “Lean on Me.”
3:00 p.m. — Go Go Gadget has the BJC bumping as we enter the final hour of THON.
2:59 p.m. — …Blended seamlessly into Kanye West’s “Gold Digger!”
2:58 p.m. — Ridiculous falsetto from Go Gadget’s frontmen while singing “Abc…”
2:58 p.m. — HERE’S A SPONGEBOB REMIX!
2:57 p.m. — “I’m Blue” to Cardi B.’s “I Like It” from Go Go Gadget to kick off the set!
2:51 p.m. — This is Go Go Gadget’s 12th THON performance.
2:47 p.m. — Go Go Gadget is onstage and preparing to bring THON home!
2:35 p.m. — The Nittany Lion is in the DR captain huddle.
2:32 p.m. — The mic isn’t working , but you wouldn’t know it — the entire BJC is singing along.
2:30 p.m. — 2020 Line Dance captains have returned to the stage for their final line dance!
2:24 p.m. — The Singing Lions are performing “Dancing in the Sky.”
2:22 p.m. — The Singing Lions are now onstage to sing in memory of Lexi and Kirra.
2:15 p.m. —
2:00 p.m. — THON’s “Celebration of Life” video is now playing to honor the kids who are no longer with us.
1:57 p.m. — “Although cancer took William from us physically, cancer did not take away who William was,” she said.
1:56 p.m. — “His light is the soft-spoken legacy of a boy who taught the world how to live,” Nesbit said.
1:55 p.m. — William was diagnosed with leukemia. He was declared cancer-free a year later, but relapsed five weeks later. He passed away in 2017. He was 12 years old.
“Throughout all of this, our THON family was there,” Nesbit said.
1:49 p.m. — “He was an old soul, with a giggle that was contagious,” Nesbit said. She added that William loved to fish.
1:49 p.m. — “I want to focus on William, because he was so much more than his cancer journey,” William’s mother, Amy Nesbit said.
1:47 p.m. — The William Sweger family is now speaking.
1:29 p.m. — THON’s “Where are They Now” video is playing on the BJC’s screens, briefly sharing the stories of THON children who have beaten cancer.
1:27 p.m. — “Be brave, be strong, be resilient be fierce,” Sara Consentino concluded.
1:26 p.m. — The Consentino family is pared with Penn State Ultimate Frisbee.
1:25 p.m. — “Positivity doesn’t cure cancer, but it does make dealing with all the horrible awfulness of it a bit easier,” Sara Consentino said.
1:24 p.m. — “I just decided it’s better to be happy than angry,” Celia told her mother during treatment.
1:23 p.m. — In 2018, Celia began experiencing symptoms and was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Celia and her family lived at Hershey from September to May, and she had to receive daily transfusions.
“It was around the third cycle that Celia became someone I didn’t recognize,” Sara Consentino said. “We truly didn’t know how she would make it through two more rounds of chemotherapy.”
1:16 p.m. — “Celia was always the quiet one, cheering on her sister at her plays and performances,” Sara Cosentino said about her daughter.
1:15 p.m. — The Nittany Lion has joined the next Family Hour speakers, the Celia Cosentino family, onstage.
1:14 p.m. — “We’re going to do a selfie because we can, and everyone is behind us,” Lecia Jordan said.
A loud “we love you Lily” cheer erupted from Club Crossfit’s section as the Jordans left the stage.
1:13 p.m. — Jordan had tickets to go see the Jonas Brothers last summer, but couldn’t go to the concert because of her treatment schedule. She was undergoing her last chemotherapy treatment when they visited her personally.
1:10 p.m. — Lily Jordan is now speaking. She was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer when she was 12 years old. her family was paired with Penn State’s Crossfit club when she began treatment at the Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.
“We thought that they would be, for lack of a better word, a bunch of meatheads. They still are, but we love them,” Jordan said.
1:08 p.m. — The Jordan family’s three dancers are with them onstage.
1:07 p.m. — “When we were asked to speak, we knew it would be hard,” Lecia Jordan said.
1:07 — This is the Jordan family’s fifth THON.
1:06 — The Lily Jordan family will be this afternoon’s first Family Hour speakers.
1:04 — The Family Procession has ended.
12:53 — Loud cheers are erupting from each section as the families cross the stage.
12:49 — Four Diamonds Families are crossing the stage during the Family Procession.
12:43 — Four Diamonds families are now onstage for the THON Family Procession.
12:43 — Four Diamonds co-founder Charles Millard is now speaking.
“We want to thank you for everything you do for these families, they’re precious to us and we thank you.”
12:41 — Four Diamonds families will share their stories during Family Hour.
12:39 — Family Hour is about to begin.
12:35 — Journey forward, Happy Valley.
12:33 — LET’S GET HYPE, LET’S GO!
12:30 — It’s the final line dance of THON 2020!
12:29 — We’re all the way back to 2020!
12:29 — Ya’ll thought they were finished? The BJC remembers this one well.
12:26 — “Break it down, BJC, bring it back to you and me.”
12:24 — THON 2019 dancer relations captains are on the stage!
12:24 — “Tomorrow’s wonder, we discover.”
12:22 — DANCE BREAK!
12:21 — “Boom, stomp, bring the thunder, dancing for tomorrow’s wonder.”
12:19 — That “Feel it Still” to “Humble” transition is still an excellent opening.
12:19 — 2018 Dancer Relations captains…To the stage!
12:16 — WHY IS EVERYTHING SO LIT?
12:15 — “Ignite, electrify, come and raise your diamonds high!”
12:13 — “Ohio State gets whited out…Penn State football, guess who’s back.”
12:12 — 2017 Dancer Relations captains to the stage!
12:11 — Iconic line dance move:
12:10 — “Blast off, BJC!”
12:06 a.m. — 2016 Dancer Relations captains — to the stage!
12:02 a.m. — “Raise the roof, don’t stop, don’t stop//Diamonds, up top up top”
12:01 a.m. — 2015 Dancer Relations captains have taken the stage! Welcome to the Final Four!
11:52 a.m. — The growing BJC crowd continues singing “I’m a Believer” long after the music stopped.
11:39 a.m. — OK Otter closes with “Shipping Up to Boston.”
11:39 a.m. — Penn State men’s gymnastics put in another fantastic performance to claim its fourth consecutive THON Pep Rally title.
11:30 a.m. — OK Otter gives New Jersey a shoutout before launching into Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.”
11:26 a.m. — Uh oh…..Seven Nation Army time!!! Just kidding! Ok Otter flirted with the Seven Nation Army bass line before going into Wagon Wheel!
11:23 a.m. — OK Otter remains rocking on the BJC stage.
11:18 a.m. — Switch in the stands!
11:16 a.m. — “Chicken Fried” has the BJC clapping along.
11:05 a.m. — As the Final Four approaches, take a look at our guide to this year’s line dance recap for a refresher on those previous moves.
11:02 a.m. — OK Otter is rocking out with a softer, folk-based style at the moment.
10:50 a.m. — OK Otter, a family band from New Jersey, kicks off its set with “Send Me on My Way.”
10:49 a.m. — “Dancing Queen” is playing, so the BJC crowd is swaying.
10:43 a.m. — A group of performers is setting up on the BJC stage.
10:30 a.m. — GET READY FOR ANOTHER LINE DANCE, FOLKS.
10:26 a.m. — That’s a wrap for the 2020 Kids Fashion show. Man, these kids are stylish.
10:20 a.m. — It really doesn’t get any cuter than this.
10:11 a.m. — Julia O’toole is rocking quite the fashionable green tutu on the runway.
10:08 a.m. — First up we have Shiloh and her sister Harper.
10:07 a.m. — The stage is set for THON 2020’s Kids Fashion Show. Bring ’em out, bring ’em out.
9:59 a.m. — You know what time it is! Line dance time, baby.
9:54 a.m. — The mopping is still going strong.
9:40 a.m. — WE’RE SOARING, FLYING. High School Musical classics always pump up the crowd at the BJC.
9:30 a.m. — We’ve now entered phase two of mopping. Sections 106 and 107 are chanting to try and start the wave.
9:18 a.m. — The first round of Family Feud is underway in the stands. We’ll see what students know their famous Penn State alumni.
9:15 a.m. — Phase one of mopping has officially been initiated on the BJC floor.
9:11 a.m. — Eric and Molly Barron spoke to the THON crowd this morning.
“You know, everybody tells me that THON is about and a part of Penn State. But I would tell you that you are Penn State. You are this family that we love, and I just want you to know that the university you love loves you right back.”
9:03 a.m. — Seniors are feeling nostalgic as “Closer” rocks the BJC airwaves.
9:01 a.m. — Massage train and OPP mopping are happening at the same time.
8:53 a.m. — University President Eric Barron and his wife Molly paid a visit to THON and just left the BJC stage.
8:45 a.m. — Color Wars is a yearlong competition that allows Dancer Relations Committe Members and dancers to get to know each other.
8:44 a.m. — Red is this year’s Color Wars champion!
8:42 a.m. — Shakira’s Waka Waka has the BJC crowd singing along. Earlier today we heard K’naan’s “Waving Flag,” proving that the 2010 World Cup soundtrack was the greatest of all time.
8:32 a.m. — There’s a break on the BJC stage now as Slides of Strength continues on the floor.
8:20 a.m. — Cody Sabol’s THON 2020 speed painting.
8:15 a.m. — BUT FIRST: The Bungee Jumpers return for their second performance of the weekend!
8:14 a.m. — We’ll have a closer look at Sabol’s painting shortly.
8:13 a.m. — Painting complete after about ten minutes! Another Sabol masterpiece now on display in the BJC, and this one is a beauty.
“Be proud of what you’re doing here!” Sabol yelled before walking off the stage.
8:08 a.m. — ?
8:08 a.m. — Sabol’s painting is really coming together. Looks to be two halves of the Nittany Lion’s face in great detail.
8:04 a.m. — Right now the painting just seems to be a collections of lines and marks.
8:02 a.m. — It’s Pittsburgh native Cody Sabol! He’s about to start painting on the easel, but first he took a moment to dedicate it to his parents.
8:00 a.m. — A giant easel seems to have taken over the stage. What could it be?
7:58 a.m. — Last chance for raffle entry, folks. Don’t miss out on a signed Joe Jonas jersey.
7:51 a.m. — DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINSSSS… (you know the rest).
7:44 a.m. — OPP is gearing up for a giant Slides of Strength in the middle of the dance floor. I don’t know about you, but it looks pretty fun to me. I’m jealous.
7:42 a.m. — Oh buddy, oh boy, they’re trying to start another wave. This time section 107 is leading the charge.
7:40 a.m. — ATTENTION DANCERS: This is your last chance to win points for color wars, so hop to it.
7:35 a.m. — Now they’re on stage! Grab your water bottle and chug along.
7:34 a.m. — Are you ready to hydrate with HOS? The Hospitality committee’s hydration hype video is playing on the big screens.
7:32 a.m. — It’s Massage Train time!! Spectators are turning to their left and right to give the person next to them a massage.
7:21 a.m. — It’s been awhile since anyone besides the Dancer Relations captains have taken the stage. Right now, it’s being used for groups of THON-goers to take pictures.
7:16 a.m. — It’s Mama Mia time! “DIGGIN’ THE DANCING QUEEEEEEEN.”
7:13 a.m. — For all of our alternative music fans out there, the BJC’s playing “Float On” by Modest Mouse. It’s a nice break from the electronic and pop.
7:07 a.m. — Getting a little bored? Check out our board — our BINGO board that is ha ha.
7:00 a.m. — They’re back again! Dancer Relations captains to the stage.
6:49 a.m. — Section 122 appears to be trying to start the wave. They’re having mixed success so far.
6:43 a.m. — How well do you really know THON? Put your knowledge to the test with the THON 2020 Trivia Quiz.
6:37 a.m. — An entertainment committee captain just took the stage to wish everyone in the BJC celebrating a birthday today, a happy birthday! So, from the blog to you, happy birthday!
6:28 a.m. — Oh no! A lone tennis ball bounced its way onto the floor. Thankfully, it was caught by a committee captain patrolling the area.
6:20 a.m. — The Line Dance is followed up with a Justin Bieber song blaring through the BJC — somehow, it’s just what we needed.
6:14 a.m. — Oh yeah, baby. Dancer Relations captains have taken the stage and Juliet’s back leading the crowd!
6:06 a.m. — Not much has been happening on the main stage, but there is some funky music playing. It’s kind of electronic and getting the people goin’.
5:53 a.m. — Now the Coda Conduct is taking the stage! They’re performing acapella and who doesn’t love that?
5:48 a.m. — The next two acts will be the winners of the Homecoming for the Glory talent show performances. Up first is the Penn State Dance Alliance, first place winners of the competition!
5:40 a.m. — DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAAAAGEEEE.
5:37 a.m. — A “Diamonds Up” scanner is patrolling the crowd looking for spectators with their hands raised high.
5:28 a.m. — The stands are ~slowly~ starting to fill up, folks.
5:20 a.m. — Dancers, did you hear that? Club Powerlifting is giving anyone who needs it a piggy back ride.
5:18 a.m. — Tapestry ends their performance with their diamonds high. FTK!
5:12 a.m. — Annnnnnnd Tapestry’s back! Woohoo! Let’s get it ladies! It’s finally tap time.
5:10 a.m. — The crowd seems to really like Volé! Shouts of encouragement can be heard throughout the BJC.
5:09 a.m. — Volé is up now. The ballet group is slowing things down a step, but still putting on an impressive performance.
5:05 a.m. — Wow! What a performance by Outcast, their neon green tops really lit up the place.
5:01 a.m. — There seems to be some technical difficulties with Tapestry’s music, so they’re swept off the stage and replaced by the Outcast Dance Team.
4:56 a.m. — Tapestry Dance Company is up next. The group’s lookin’ pretty sleek in all black clothing!
4:51 a.m. — Musician and performer Alex Mitrovic replaces PLL on stage. He’s calling on the BJC to help provide background vocals to his set.
4:46 a.m. — Penn State Lyrical Line is next to take a stage, starting off their dance with a routine to a definite popular THON favorite, “Someone To You” by BANNERS.
4:41 a.m. — Penn State student and musician Ryan Coleman takes the stage for another performance in the early hours of the morning, this time with an acoustic set.
4:34 a.m. — Dancer Relations captains take the stage and the crowd erupts in applause. Let’s get hype BJC!
4:26 a.m. — It’s water time, baby! The BJC is being challenged to a water bottle chug for a quick Water Social.
4:15 a.m. — Annnnnd just like that Vision to None finishes up their set and leaves the stage.
4:07 a.m. — Wild West hour? Vision to None’s playing an A Day to Remember song and it’s looking more like punk/emo hour to us.
4:01 a.m. — We’re gettin’ a little edgy out here! Vision to None rocks out with their cover of “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard.
3:56 a.m. — The band’s throwing it back again with “Take Me Home Tonight.”
3:48 a.m. — “Are you guys staying hydrated out there?” Vision to None called out before playing the All American Rejects’ hit song “Dirty Little Secrets.” We’re trying to!
3:42 a.m. — Vision to None joked with the crowd claiming the next song up was an original before playing the Chainsmokers’ “Closer.” And now, they’ve got the BJC jumpin’!
3:37 a.m. — “You’ve got mail!” … if you’re a dancer that is.
3:32 a.m. — Now the band is taking us back to the ’00s with a cover of Fountain of Wayne’s classic jam “Stacy’s Mom.”
3:25 a.m. — “I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLLLLLLL!”
3:23 a.m. — I think we speak for everyone when we say these guys are cool. The lead singers vocal range is somethin’ to see.
3:15 a.m. — Vision to None kicks off Wild West hour with a bangin’ cover of “Castle on the Hill.”
3:09 a.m. — Wild West theme hour has begun!
3:05 a.m. — It looks like the Blue Pony got stuck up on some Greek letters. The pink horse won by a large margin, folks.
3:04 a.m. — But before that, it looks like a horse race is getting ready to take over the BJC!
3:02 a.m. — The stage has a drum set now. It looks like someone’s getting ready for a performance.
2:54 a.m. — Dancer Relations captains have taken the stage! It’s Line Dance time, baby.
2:50 a.m. — Forsberg and Suskauer have performed a slew of ’80s top hits so far. They’re bringing the BJC to life with “Livin’ On A Prayer” now.
2:44 a.m. — Singer/songwriters Jasmine Forsberg and Becca Suskauer have taken the stage. They’re long time best friends and they’re rocking it with a rendition of “I Want to Dance with Somebody.”
2:38 a.m. — Dancer and performer Ohila Dibua from Baltimore, Maryland takes the stage for a performance mixed with martial arts, break dancing, and some comedy.
2:27 a.m. — Nashville based country singer Sam Schmidthuber is here and starting to perform.
2:19 a.m. — Dancer Relations captains take the stage yet again!
2:15 a.m. — The water social is underway.
2:06 a.m. — Crowd entertainment directors disperse throughout the BJC for a t-shirt toss.
2:02 a.m. — Mike the Mailman takes the stage for dancer mail call!
1:52 a.m. — Dancer Relations captains to the stage!
1:51 a.m. — That’s all for DJ Dosk.
1:47 a.m. — It’s High School Musical time with DJ Dosk. Let’s go!
1:43 a.m. — Let the good times role Dosk!
1:32 a.m. — Gotta love the DoskBear, folks.
1:26 a.m. — DJ Dosk is set to take the stage!
1:18 a.m. — Line dance still hasn’t gotten old!!!
1:12 a.m. — Dancer Relations captains to the stage!
1:10 a.m. — Mario and Luigi have both taken a beating in this one, but Luigi just got the win.
1:08 a.m. — The first-ever “Mario Bros Race” is about to take place.
1:07 a.m. — Check out some of the best letters we’ve found in the crowd so far at #THON2020.
1:05 a.m. — “Titanium” is now bumping on the BJC speakers. Despite the smaller crowd, we’re still vibing.
1:01 a.m. — I WANNA BE LIKE KANYE!
12:48 a.m. — The Thespians Society wins this round of Family Feud!
12:45 a.m. – Topics so far have included largest THON orgs and most common majors at Penn State.
12:37 a.m. — It’s Family Feud time! AZD and Lamda are facing off against Penn State Thespians Society.
12:36 a.m. — I miss Cash Cash.
12:31 a.m. — “I’m Ready” by AJR is now blasting over the speakers and mopping the BJC floor just got even more fun.
12:24 a.m. — The THON floor is getting a much needed mop after an eventful Saturday night.
12:14 a.m. — Dancer Relations do the thing!!!!! First line dance of Sunday!
12:07 a.m. — The Corner Brothers end with what is possibly the greatest singalong of all time: Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”
12:04 a.m. — “Tonight, we are young,” the Corner Brothers sing to a crowd of THON dancers who have probably never felt older.
Saturday, February 22
11:57 p.m. — “Rocket Man” by the king Elton John up next. And I think it’s gonna be a long long time….. (until I can sit down again.)
11:52 p.m. — COUNTRY ROADSSSSSSS TAKE ME HOMEEEEEEEEE
11:50 p.m. — The Nickelodeon medley continues into the Spongebob theme song.
11:49 p.m. — Now they’re going into “My Shiny Teeth And Me” from the Fairly Odd Parents which has me wondering: are dancers brushing three times a day while they dance? Any floss on the premises?
11:47 p.m. — “Here’s a Penn State classic for y’all,” the Corner Brothers say as they go into Sweet Caroline. BUM BUM BUM, indeed.
11:43 p.m. — Everyone has had a Runaround Sue in their lives. Amen!
11:35 p.m. — HEY NOW! The Corner Brothers are “All Star”s!
11:32 p.m. — Up next is an absolute BARNBURNER, “Send Me On My Way.” Rusted Root ain’t rusted at all, brother! -HH
11:30 p.m. — While the dancers grub, the Corner Brothers have taken the stage to provide some acoustic singalongs. First up, “Sweet Home Alabama.”
11:15 p.m. — May the Dancer Relations captains please make their way towards the stage.
11:09 p.m. — When I first heard the rumors swirling I thought they meant the Cash Cab was coming. :(
11:08 p.m. — CONFETTI CANNON STRIKES AGAIN. THANK YOU CASH CASH.
11:06 p.m. — To close their set, Cash Cash played possibly their most known song, “Take Me Home” featuring Bebe Rexha. Truly an all-time surprise performance at THON.
11:02 p.m. — Playing with a balloon. They are illegal. Sup @THON
11:01 p.m. — MR. BRIGHTSIDE TIME!!!
10:57 p.m. — The accompanying visuals are total mind melters and definitely elevating this performance to a higher level.
10:54 p.m. — FIVE WORDS: ZOMBIE NATION FEATURING CASH CASH.
10:51 p.m. — Not the best song titled “How To Love” of all time (shoutout Lil Wayne,) but it still slaps.
10:49 p.m. — “Keep the energy up Penn State! It’s Saturday night let’s do it!”
10:47 p.m. — It’s been 30 minutes and Cash Cash has ZERO signs of slowing down. This performance alone will definitely inject the dancers with enough energy to last until tomorrow.
10:41 p.m. — Can I “Call You” back for THON next year @CashCash?
10:37 p.m. — CONFETTI CANNON ALERT — Cash Cash brought out all the stops tonight. A performance as energetic as any as I ever done did see in four years of THON.
10:34 p.m. — “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore incoming. Middle school was a movie.
10:29 p.m. — “This is a song for anyone that’s been down before,” Cash Cash said before playing their song “Finest Hour.”
10:27 p.m. — “Grab the hand of the person next to you and put them to the ceiling!”
10:25 p.m. — After throwing it back real quick with Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me,” Cash Cash go right into their classic “Millionaire,” which samples and features the Country Grammar legend Nelly.
10:22 p.m. — “Can We Pretend?” Why Pretend, Cash Cash is right in front of us!
10:18 p.m. — “Feels good being here, y’all are looking so good Penn State!” Cash Cash says during their smash hit “Belong.”
10:16 p.m. — “Surrender” is currently blaring throughout the BJC.
10:14 p.m. — THE BJC IS MELTING SOS
10:12 p.m. — CASH CASH HAS TAKEN THE STAGE
10:12 p.m. — SOMETHING IS HAPPENING
10:09 p.m. — Darude’s “Sandstorm” into “Zombie Nation” back to back???? Uhhhhh yeah, THON has something brewing here. No way are they going to tease us like this and not bring out someone huge.
10:02 p.m. — An impressively large DJ booth is currently being constructed on the THON stage. This could mean an appearance from a very prominent guest — guests? — could be coming up soon. Stay tuned, good folks following this live blog, whoever you are.
9:45 p.m. — DANCER RELATION CAPTAINS,,,,,,,,,do something i guess idk
9:44 p.m. — The Pep Rally was capped off by a rousing rendition of the Alma Mater #AllWithThee
9:41 p.m. — This is the fourth year in a row Men’s Gymnastics has taken home the THON Pep Rally Crown.
9:40 p.m. — And the winner of the 2020 THON Pep Rally is….
Also, deciding something by applause is never a good idea.
9:37 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball up next to perform, the winner will be determined by the volume of applause. It’s going to be a tough choice between the talent of men’s gymnastics and the Kobe tribute from women’s volleyball.
9:36 p.m. — Men’s Gymnastics are up again, once again dazzling the BJC with their incredible performance.
9:34 p.m. — PEP RALLY FINALIST ONE: Men’s Gymnastics
PEP RALLY FINALIST TWO: Women’s Volleyball
9:33 p.m. — The Lionettes are up next, with some help from the Nittany Lion. The three-time national champion did not disappoint.
9:29 p.m. — Men’s Gymnastics is up next, and performed absolutely INSANE acrobatics for the people, while breakdancing and doing a ton of other cool stuff. They might be the real winners here tonight, folks.
9:27 p.m. — Women’s Lacrosse are next, dancing to the Wonderwall remix that was made famous by, uhh, every frat here, before going into “Waving Flag” by K’Naan, a throwback for AGES.
9:23 p.m. — Women’s Tennis are up now, and just had one girl walk over the backs of her teammates! They also brought tearaway pants, but this time they are all rocking all different neon colors!
9:21 p.m. — Mic Man and the Nittany Lion are back on stage, and the Nittany Lion, who has currently stood for approximately 26 hours straight, just did 46 one-armed push-ups for the kids. Impressive and inspiring!
9:19 p.m. — The men’s swim and dive team also featured American flag pants and also included a Kanye deep cut, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” They then capped things off with the absolutely legendary “Sweet Victory” song from the Bubble Bowl episode of Spongebob. That’s a win, in my book.
9:17 p.m. — Niki Nolte, a member of the women’s swimming and diving team and a cancer survivor herself, is now on the stage to introduce the men’s swim and diving team.
9:16 p.m. — Men’s Golf just got the party started by bringing tearaway pants and revealing bright pink shorts underneath all the golfers. An excellent touch.
9:14 p.m. — Women’s rugby is next, starting out with the “Eye Of The Tiger” and featured a player who performed a magnificent handspring.
9:11 p.m. — The football team turned in an incredible performance, featuring players jumping over players a’la Mike Gesicki, flips, splits, and other athletic feats.
9:09 p.m. — Up next is the football team. Sean Clifford, Pat Freiermuth, and Micah Parsons are onstage throwing t-shirts UNBELIEVABLY far.
9:07 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball are now onstage, wearing patriotic American flag pants. Starting their routine out with a Kobe quote was an incredibly nice touch and on brand for the success volleyball has had over the years.
9:03 p.m. — Since the theme of the 2020 THON Pep Rally is Olympic athletes, PJ Mullen invited Penn State Olympic Athletes to the stage.
Jenny Brown, an Olympic gold medalist swimmer from the 1968 and 1972 Olympics just led the BJC in a “We Are!” chant.
9:01 p.m. — Taking the stage now is the Field Hockey team, who get instant points for their tracksuit Rocky theme. This performance featured a ton of acrobatics and other fun dance moves.
8:58 p.m. — Men’s Lacrosse now takes the stage, all rocking matching jumpsuits and cowboy hats. They kick things off with Kesha’s “Timber” to match the cowboy theme. They then threw all their hats into the crowd as souvenirs.
8:55 p.m. — Women’s Golf is next, who instantly threw it back to simpler times with a routine featuring “Fire Burning” by Sean Kingston. The highlight of their performance by far was their “home run” dance tribute to Trace McSorley.
8:53 p.m. — Up next is Men’s Soccer, performing an acrobatic dance routine featuring Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” “Magic” by B.o.B, and “Renegade.”
8:50 p.m. — Men’s Tennis is next, who are performing a slow motion dance routine to “Chariots of Fire” which turned into a more upbeat medley of songs like “Dance Monkey” and “Evacuate The Dancefloor.”
8:47 p.m. — Women’s Soccer just joined the stage following a video introduction by soccer alumni and current Women’s U.S. National Team members and World Cup champions Ali Krieger and Alyssa Naeher!
8:46 p.m. –Guest judge Brayden just said his favorite sport was wrestling, so PJ decided to bring out PSU wrestling champion Bo Nickal to judge with Brayden!
8:45 p.m. — PJ Mullen has taken the stage and is introducing the judges!
First judge: CEO of the Alumni Association Paul Clifford
8:41 p.m. — Cue “All Of The Lights” by Kanye West. The BJC is now illuminated in cell phone lights!
8:40 p.m. — The Nittany Lion is now joined onstage by Olympic-style parade of kids who are walking in and giving the Nittany Lion healthy doses of fist bumps, high fives, and hugs.
8:35 p.m. — The Blue Band is performing “I Want You Back” while the Blue Sapphire performs!
8:34 p.m. — The cheerleaders have taken the stage! The Blue Band performed “Let’s Go State” while the BJC faithful replaced “PSU!” with “FTK!” in the song.
8:32 p.m. –“BJC, I have one question for you: ARE YOU READY FOR THE THON PEP RALLY?!?!?!”
8:30 p.m. — The Nittany Lion and Mic Man, an independent dancer pairing this year, just took the stage!!!
8:25 p.m. — The Blue Band is in the Building!!! The Blue Sapphire is on the stage now!!!
8:22 p.m. — Uh ohhhhh, The Nittany Lion Roar just went off……that means it’s time for the 2020 THON PEP RALLY!!!!!!!!!
8:14 p.m. — The BJC is BUZZING in antipication for the upcoming pep rally.
8:08 p.m. — The #THON2020 White Out Pep Rally shirts are being handed out!
8:06 p.m. — The atmosphere is ELECTRIC in the BJC thanks to FVNTM and his brand of melodic yet hype EDM.
8:00 p.m. — Local EDM artist FVNTM, known for his performances at Basement Nightspot EDM nights and the Up & Up Festival at Penn State, has taken the stage!
7:48 p.m. — Dancer Relations captains, to the STAAAAAAAGE!
7:47 p.m. — Onstage now is Aubrey Evans, who is celebrating a birthday tomorrow. The entire BJC sang happy birthday as Audrey held her hands in the air and did a twirl :’)
7:45 p.m. — And that’s a wrap for the THON Kids’ Talent Show 2020!
7:43 p.m. — On the big screen was a video of Joyce rapping “Ice Ice Baby” at the THON 5K and another video explaining why she THONs.
7:41 p.m. — The last perfomance of the night is a tribute to Joyce “Lil Drippy God” Ortiz, who passed in January. Her brothers and sisters in Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Tau Omega took the stage to say some words.
7:36 p.m. — Amarie is now onstage performing Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” accompanied by her sisters Alexis and Alivia as well as her friends from Atlas! Duh!
7:34 p.m. — Celia just performed a dance accompanied by her friends in Ultimate Frisbee!
7:29 p.m. — The Nittany Lion, who is dancing all 46, is in costume and on stage during the THON Kids’ Talent Show, dancing with the performers!
7:27 p.m. — Carly Wilfong & Friends have taken the stage to jump rope and dance to One Direction’s “I Would!”
7:24 p.m. — THON has announced that a second surprise show will take place directly following the pep rally.
7:21 p.m. — Josiah Garcia, who was onstage earlier teaching the dancers how to dance to 90s hip-hop, is back performing a routine of his own!
7:18 p.m. — Christopher is next, rocking a gold chain and singing “Memories,” joined onstage by Kappa Delta, Beta Sigma Beta, and THE NITTANY LION!!!
7:13 p.m. — Up next, Garrett will perform “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco.
7:12 p.m. — Alex just ABSOLUTELY KILLED that performance. Possibly the loudest the BJC has been all day!
7:08 p.m. — BACK TO BACK Frozen princesses in the building! Princess Alex is now up to perform “Let It Go!”
7:05 p.m. — The BJC is LIGHTING UP thanks to the multi-color wristbands that were handed out earlier.
7:03 p.m. — Princess Mina is now up and is performing a song from Frozen 2!
7:01 p.m. — EVERYONE PULL THE TABS ON YOUR WRISTBANDS!!!!
6:59 p.m. — Up next, Julia performs a dance routine to Ariana Grande accompanied by Volé!
6:57 p.m. — Jackson leads a “We Are!” chant to the entire BJC after capping off his performance
6:52 p.m. — Jackson Brennan is now performing on the saxophone! Jackson is accompanied by Phi Sigma Rho and Alpha Phi Delta.
6:47 p.m. — Devin is up next, and she is performing a number from the Greatest Showman, accompanied by her friends from Schuykill Benefitting THON!
6:45 p.m. — An absolute ELECTRIC five minutes of one-liners from Evan. We have a modern-day Mitch Hedberg on our hands!
6:43 p.m. — “What’s worse than raining cats and dogs? Hailing taxis.”
6:42 p.m. — “You wanna hear a bathroom joke? Urine for a treat.”
6:41 p.m. — “I could never be a plumber. It’s too hard watching your life’s work go down the drain.”
6:40 p.m. — “What is the most groundbreaking invention? The shovel.”
6:40 p.m. — Next up, we have Evan Ulsh performing a stand-up comedy routine!
6:37 p.m. — Connor is up now, and he’s dancing with Alpha Phi Omega to Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us,” an incredibly energetic performance!
6:34 p.m. — Next up, McKenna is joined by the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) for a good
6:28 p.m. — Next, Sarah, Karis, and Sophia will perform a dance routine accompanied by members of the Penn State women’s club basketball team!
6:25 p.m. — “THON! Your dancing means that I can be a Dreamer! A Dreamer!”
6:23 p.m. — The song is a take on Imagine Dragons’ “
6:19 p.m. — First up is Tina, Jan, Devon, Brenna, & Four Diamonds Families performing an original song!
6:16 p.m. — It’s time for the THON Kids’ Talent Show!!!!
6:15 p.m. — Wristbands are currently being handed out, but it is IMPORTANT that you must NOT pull the plastic until you are advised to do so!
6:10 p.m. — DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS,,,,,
5:55 p.m. — THE BUCKS COUNTY BUNGEE JUMPERS ARE ON THE STAGE!
5:55 p.m. — Homecoming’s executive committee revealed the theme Saturday afternoon.
5:47 p.m. — Envisioning Nittany Horizons will be the theme of Homecoming 2020.
5:44 p.m. — Homecoming’s executive team is on the stage as it prepares to reveal the theme for Homecoming 2020.
5:36 p.m. — Simultaneous line dance and Slides of Strength? Power move.
5:33 p.m. — That’s a wrap from My Hero Zero!
5:30 p.m. — ALL OF THE LIGHTS — My Hero Zero has successfully raised the crowd’s phone flashlights.
5:23 p.m. —
“When I say country, you say ye haw”
-Jason Oh, immediately before the band played Shania Twain’s “I feel like a woman.”
5:15 p.m. — My Hero Zero is still going strong with a cover of Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer.”
5:07 p.m. — This year’s THON raffle features some serious prizes, including
5:02 p.m. — Lots of giant faces are adorning the BJC stands this weekend.
4:57 p.m. — Indeed
4:49 p.m. — Wow. My Hero Zero making a case for the best sing along of the weekend so far — the entire BJC is following along to “Since U Been Gone.”
4:47 p.m. — Another rendition of “Year 3000” from My Hero Zero.
4:40 p.m. — MHZ INSTANTLY gets the party started with a mashup of the Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started” and Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” with Jason O on the trumpet!!!
4:39 p.m. — MY HERO ZERO HAS TAKEN THE STAGE!!!!!!!
4:36 p.m. — There’s another lull here at the BJC, but judging by the drumsets and guitars being wheeled onstage, we’re in for another band.
4:28 p.m. — This year’s line dancers have had plenty of help from a few THON attendees.
4:21 p.m. — If you’ve already mastered the line dance, try and keep up with Four Diamonds teen Josiah’s 90s dance moves. He’s on the BJC stage now.
4:10 p.m. — Let’s get hype lets Go!
4:01 p.m. — 90s trivia is underway! There’s gotta be a “Friends” question, right?
3:52 p.m. — THON was formally blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1983.
3:45 p.m. — ?
3:39 p.m. — Clouds of bubbles are floating over the stage as Southpaw continues to jam.
3:32 p.m. — Southpaw is still rockin’ on strong at the BJC with a head-banging cover of “Iris.”
3:24 p.m. — Southpaw hops on the THON 2020 Jonas Brothers train! “Year 3,000 is now playing.
3:20 p.m. — Southpaw goes solo! No idols this time, just the band.
3:17 p.m. — Choose wisely.
3:14 p.m. — Mitch was also a solid contender.
3:12 p.m. — Four Diamonds families were treated to a special tour of the Lasch Building by Penn State Football earlier this afternoon.
3:11 p.m. — Second contestant Mitch is out here slinging “Country Roads!” Good tactic here — the crowd is sure to sing along.
3:10 p.m. — Idol Update: Molly crushed it.
3:08 p.m. — Here’s THON Idol with SouthPaw! Molly is tonight’s first contestant. She’ll be singing “Sugar, we’re Going Down.”
3:05 p.m. — OPP has officially finished mopping, and dancer tables are currently being set up.
2:59 p.m. — It’s true.
2:49 p.m. — Trivia is up on THON’s jumbotron as mopping continues.
2:40 p.m. — OPP is hitting the floor’s middle third at the moment.
2:36 p.m. — Blue Car wins this installment of THON’s car races in the stands. Tough break for red there — it was dropped just before the finish line.
2:24 p.m. — MOPPING HAS COMMENCED!
2:12 p.m. –– Another round of the Price is Right!
2:08 p.m. –– Tally Sepot’s parents and friends presented the Tally Sepot Memorial Award to David Cruz. Her family also donated $75,000 to the Tally Sepot Memorial Fund.
2:04 p.m. –– Courtney O’Bryan’s family is currently on the stage as they prepare to present the Courtney O’Bryan Volunteer Award to Breanna Barker.
1:59 p.m. –– Get up!
1:52 p.m. –– MOPPING TIME! Will OPP bring back the wave cross tactic they debuted earlier this morning?
1:36 p.m. –– Greek check:
1:36 p.m. –– Passion Pit’s “Pay no Mind” is quite the THON favorite this year. Same with SOLO by Jennie. We seem to be caught in a loop here.
1:30 p.m. –– Finding and securing your org’s coveted spot in the BJC bleachers is a true art. Here’s how to make it happen.
1:29 p.m. –– How ’bout them Brass Cads?
1:16 p.m. –– Dancer Relations Captains are onstage for the line dance, alongside a few helpers.
1:14 p.m. — She knows the moves already!
1:10 p.m. — Next up at THON: local singer/songwriter Ariana Dove will perform a mix of songs.
1:01 p.m. — Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman is addressing the BJC.
12:54 p.m. — THON’s first international event is happening in Florence, Italy. The program keeps Penn State students who are studying abroad involved in THON.
12:52 p.m. –THON’s first ever Dancer Merchandise sale is happening now on the BJC floor.
12:51 p.m. — THON’s DR captains are sporting an electric shade of blue for this line dance. Stylish.
12:45 p.m. –LINE DANCE TIME
12:36 p.m. — Sadly, the Brass Cads are finished. BRAVO!
12:35 p.m. — There’s a pause from the Brass Cads, but please, I’m begging you, don’t let it be over.
12:32 p.m. — No THON fit is complete without a fanny pack.
12:28 p.m. — JOBROS ALERT: Brass Cads goes straight for “Sucker.”
12:27 p.m. — The Cads just went from NENA’s “99 Red Balloons” to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” to “Valerie.” You wanna talk about range? Or stamina?
12:11 p.m. — Madeline Anasiewicz and Kathryn O’Hara met in Florence while studying abroad. This weekend, they’ll dance in THON as an independent dancer couple.
12:11 p.m. — Come On, Eileen!
12:07 p.m. — The Cads are still on stage, throwing in a bit of the Jackson Five into this set.
11:54 a.m. — “I want a girl who gets up early, I want a girl who stays up late.”
Cake’s “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” from the Brass Cads.
11:46 a.m. — Another crowd pleaser here from the Cads: Jet’s “Are you Gonna be my Girl.”
11:40 a.m. — Oh yes, yes they are.
11:40 a.m. — THE HORNS ARE BLARING! Brass Cadillacs is onstage. They’re a popular downtown State College band.
11:37 a.m. — “Don’t Stop Believing!” It’s the ultimate last song but we still have
11:32 a.m. — Slides of Strength are underway!
11:26 a.m. — “Turn Down for What” is now playing. This is not jazz.
11:26 a.m. — There’s a sax on the stage, accompanied by several horns. Are we in for some smooth jazz?
11:17 a.m. — C’MON LIONS, LET’S RIDE (It’s the line dance).
11:08 a.m. — Did you know you can dance after you graduate? There are four alumni dancers on the floor this weekend.
11:06 a.m. — Several alumni hour activities are taking place throughout the BJC.
11:03 a.m. — CEO of the Penn State Alumni Association Paul Clifford is on the stage addressing the THON crowd.
11:01 a.m. — It’s officially Alumni Hour at THON 2020, and several former Penn State majorrettes are in the crowd teaching THON families how to twirl.
10:55 a.m. — Checking in with stands dancer and reporter AnTHONy:
10:55 a.m. — Society of Women Engineers’ Haley Burbage is onstage performing a powerful solo dance routine.
10:49 a.m. — THON volunteers donated their hair to Wigs for Kids onstage earlier this morning.
10:46 a.m. — HIGH NOTES OF THE SHALLOW CHORUS — A+ for FOTO!
10:46 a.m. — FOTO’s guitarist is hitting the first notes of “Shallow” PERFECTLY. Is that Bradley Cooper?
10:45 a.m. — Now it’s time for a “Shallow” and “Somebody you Love” mashup from FOTO.
10:41 a.m. — It’s Lizzo time once again! “Truth Hurts” now playing.
10:41 a.m. — Wow, quick transition from “Super Bass” to “Party in the U.S.A”
10:39 a.m. — I misjudged it — we’re starting off with Jessie J’s “Pricetag.”
10:39 a.m. — Were those the opening notes of “Don’t Stop me Now?”
10:35 a.m. — Eclipse was this year’s THON showcase champion. They’re about to perform on the BJC stage.
10:35 a.m. — The THON Showcase is about to begin!
10:31 a.m. — Tucker Haas spoke to the BJC crowd earlier this morning about his experience.
10:26 a.m. — DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE!
9:29 a.m. — There’s a bit of a lull here in the Bryce Jordan Center as dancers eat and bat beach balls around.
9:16 a.m. — Line dance!
9:02 a.m. — Representatives from Penn State’s Greek councils are now addressing the THON crowd.
8:53 a.m. — The DiRoccos and their partner dancers from Alphi Phi and Sigma Chi lead the BJC in a “We Are” chant.
8:53 a.m. — “Please continue to keep the faith and fight the good fight,” Peter DiRocco said.
8:45 a.m. — Peter and Lisa DiRocco are now sharing their family’s story. Their son Alex lost his battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2001.
8:36 a.m. — “As of this February, I have officially been 13 years cancer free,” Haas said.
8:36 a.m. — THON child Tucker Haas is currently sharing his story with the BJC crowd.
8:31 a.m. — The games continue.
8:24 a.m. — Greek Sing winners Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma, Alpha Gamma Rho, and Phi Kappa Psi are currently performing their greek sing-winning Hunger Games dance routine. Girl on Fire is blaring and there’s some great synchronized spinning going on.
8:24 a.m. — There are several gifs of dogs playing with boxes on the big screen as packages are distributed. It’s great.
8:20 a.m. — Dancers are receiving packages now.
8:15 a.m. — Line dance time!
8:08 a.m. — Kicking Sunrise’s performance is now over. What a way to kick off the morning!
8:00 a.m. — Now they’ve moved into a slightly groovy cover of Lizzo’s “Juice.” Lots of Lizzo at this year’s THON — even her tiny purse made the line dance video.
7:58 a.m. –Kicking Sunrise is still going with its maraTHON set here at the BJC.
7:50 a.m. — Keep the hits coming! Now we’ve got “Come and Get Your Love.”
7:45 a.m. — Kicking Sunrise clearly knows their audience well, as they’re now playing the Jonas Brothers hit “Sucker.”
7:40 a.m. — Everyone’s getting involved at the BJC now as Kicking Sunrise moves into a performance of “September.”
7:34 a.m. — Kicking Sunrise is keeping the good vibes coming with plenty of upbeat hits as more people are starting to fill in to the BJC.
7:23 a.m. — Needed some Saturday morning motivation at #THON2020? Kicking Sunrise has got you covered. They’re now playing Andy Grammer’s “Keep Your Head Up.”
7:18 a.m. — The BJC is starting to wake up thanks to Kicking Sunrise’s exciting performance. They’re now playing Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound.”
7:14 a.m. — Hello! Kicking Sunrise is electrifying the BJC with a rendition of Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me.”
7:11 a.m. — If you’re just waking up, good morning! Here’s what you happened at the BJC while you were catching some z’s.
7:07 a.m. — Kicking Sunrise has now taken the #THON2020 stage for a quick set to start the morning.
6:56 a.m. — Water social time! Let’s chug.
6:48 a.m. — Dancer Relations captains to the stage, let’s go folks.
6:45 a.m. — OLD TOWN ROAD IS BEING PLAYED! THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
6:36 a.m. — We’re playing finish the lyric now at the BJC!
6:30 a.m. — Feet feeling tired yet? Here are some tips on how to take care of them!
6:24 a.m. — The BJC is now trying the first ever crowd-controlled game. Yes, the crowd’s voices are controlling the flappy bird.
6:20 a.m. — Reminder: it’s February, but that doesn’t stop the BJC from playing Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer.”
6:00 a.m. — It’s fun to stay at the…
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5:57 a.m. — The THON Salon is now open!
5:52 a.m. — The BJC floor is about to be mopped! Sometimes, it’s just the little things they get us excited.
5:47 a.m. — Rise and shine! It’s time for breakfast.
5:40 a.m. — FOLKS, Dancer Relations captains to the stage!
5:30 a.m. — Penn State’s premier co-ed a cappella group The Pennharmonics is now taking the stage.
5:24 a.m. — 18 year-old singer Abby Traxler will now take the stage!
5:20 a.m. — Zikhari Chapter has now taken the stage to perform a routine and get the energy back up at the BJC.
5:03 a.m. — WE’RE BACK! Dancer relations captains to the stage.
4:59 a.m. — We’re getting into some slow hours here at the BJC, but fear not! The dab cam is making its first appearance on the big screen.
4:45 a.m. — None of the Above a cappella group is now taking the stage.
4:39 a.m. — For their fifth year in a row at THON, Reve Dance Company will now take the stage.
4:36 a.m. — Hospitality is now serving dancers breakfast. Items on the menu include:
- Assorted Oatmeal
- Trail Mix
- Granola Bars
4:34 a.m. — Jason & Kyle will kick off the performances with an original song they created.
4:31 a.m. — The line dance is over for now, but it’s time for the seventh inning stretch!
4:25 a.m. — You thought the energy was down?? Dancer Relations captains to the stage!!
4:23 a.m. — In need of that perfect Snapchat filter for #THON2020 weekend? We’ve got you covered.
4:21 a.m. — Lowjack is here for it, folks.
4:20 a.m. — These guys know what they’re doing. Lowjack finishes things off with another Killers’ classic, “Mr. Brightside.”
4:15 a.m. — LETS. GO. Time for “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers. Stay hot, Lowjack.
4:09 a.m. — Let’s stick with Petty, folks! Here’s “American Girl.”
4:07 a.m. — Nobody’s backing down at the BJC. Lowjack presses on with a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”
4:03 a.m. — Here’s Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Back to the classics for Lowjack.
4:00 a.m. — Lowjack is continuing on with an original song titled “In My Head.”
3:56 a.m. — Ok, so to review. Lowjack’s frontman, pianist, and violinst have all sung. The drummer is now singing “December, 1963.” What a band.
3:53 a.m. — Have you ever seen the rain? Here’s a little Creedence Clearwater Revival for the folks.
3:49 a.m. — LOWJACK IS PLAYING SWEET CAROLINE.
3:45 a.m. — Beaver Stadium, is that you? Lowjack is now performing a cover of “Wagon Wheel.”
3:43 a.m. — This cover of “Drops of Jupiter” is unbelievable. That’s all I have to say at 3:43 a.m. It’s very good.
3:36 a.m. — Lowjack is now playing an original song titled “One Last Kiss.”
3:32 a.m. — Lowjack moves into a performance of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” and the BJC is getting fired up in the wee hours of the morning.
3:27 a.m. — Now that’s how you get it going. First, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys, followed by “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes.
3:25 a.m. — State College-based band Lowjack is set to take the stage!
3:21 a.m. — Matchbox Twenty’s “3 AM” is currently playing. Baby, it is indeed three a.m.
3:13 a.m. — The Price Is Right is starting now! The winner will earn $2,500 towards their respective organization.
3:04 a.m. — T-shirt colors starting to blend in as you look out onto the BJC floor? Here’s what each one means.
2:55 a.m. — They’re back…. DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE!
2:52 a.m. — ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Irish-step dancing to Jennifer Lopez’ “Let’s Get Loud” and “Zombie Nation.” That gets the people going, indeed.
2:49 a.m. — Rince na Leon — Penn State’s first and only Irish dance club — now takes the stage to wrap up this round of performances.
2:47 a.m. — Guys, Shades of Blue’s beat-boxer is still going.
2:41 a.m. — We’ve made it to the Slides of Strength!
2:40 a.m. — Shades of Blue also has a beat-boxer in the crew. You want to talk about range? Unreal.
2:37 a.m. — Here’s Shades of Blue, a Penn State co-ed a cappella group. They open up their set with a rendition of Nick Jonas’ “Levels.”
2:34 a.m. — Ram Squad opened up their performance with dances to Will Smith’s “Friend Like Me” and Nicki Minaj’s “Chun-Li.” No messing around from this crew.
2:31 a.m. — Performances are starting up again at the BJC. Ram Squad will now take the stage.
2:30 a.m. — It’s never too early to start thinking about football season, folks.
2:19 a.m. — Back like they never left! Dancer Relations Captains to the stage!
2:16 a.m. — It’s time for the massage train here at the BJC. Loosen up folks, you’re doing great!
2:07 a.m. — The BJC is now holding a “Renegade” contest on the big screen. It’s getting a little weird but we’re #vibing!
2:04 a.m. — We’re starting to hit some quiet hours here at the BJC, but dancers and those in attendance use a variety of strategies to keep themselves busy.
2:02 a.m. — ACDC’s “Thunderstruck” is now being played at the water social. Unbelievable song selection. Let’s get amped.
2:00 a.m. — The water social has begun. Fill up your bottles and chug, BJC!
1:59 a.m. — The line dance still hasn’t gotten old, folks.
1:52 a.m. — YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS! Dancer Relations Captains to the stage!
1:51 a.m. — Island Fever’s high-energy routine is pumping some much-needed energy into the BJC.
1:47 a.m. — It’s cold in State College, but the BJC is starting to heat up with Island Fever’s dance routine.
1:43 a.m. — Savoir Faire closes out their set with a strong performance of Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”
1:35 a.m. — Oh by the way, the Big Uglies are now on the floor of the BJC! We’ve been here for awhile, but this is really starting to feel like Beaver Stadium.
1:32 a.m. — Penn State’s a cappella group Savoir Faire has now taken the stage. They open up their set with a rendition of Dan + Shay’s “10,000 Hours.”
1:28 a.m. — Field Day Theme Hour has begun!
1:23 a.m. — Sher Bhangra now takes the stage. This dance routine is awesome, by the way.
1:15 a.m. — The Dancer Relations Captains are back. Let’s go!
1:11 a.m. — That’s it for Deal or No Deal. We’re not hitting a break in between performances.
1:03 a.m. — There’s plenty of options when it comes to rocking a No. 46 sports jersey at #THON2020.
1:02 a.m. — THON History Deal or No Deal is now being played.
1:01 a.m. — As we hit the wee hours of the morning, Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” blares over the speakers.
12:54 a.m. — Dancer Relations Captains have returned to the stage!
12:52 a.m. — Black is now followed up by the Dark Storm Step Team. This is a tap-dancing clinic, folks.
12:50 a.m. — In case you haven’t heard, everyone is “Renegading” at #THON2020. We want to see yours!
12:47 a.m. — Oh boy. Black is now singing along to The Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way.”
12:44 a.m. — Black is getting the whole BJC involved with his performance. The crowd may be thinning out a bit, but the energy remains high.
12:39 a.m. — Black opens up his set with a spirited performance of Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams.”
12:37 a.m. — That’s all from Urban Dance Troupe. Waldo Black is now taking the stage.
12:34 a.m. — The interactive performance has led the troupe to performances of “Old Town Road” and “Renegade.”
12:32 a.m. — Urban Dance Troupe has now taken the stage for its very first-ever interactive performance.
12:22 a.m. — And now she’s back on stage with her fellow Dancer Relations captains for another line dance.
12:20 a.m. — Line dance leader Juliet Garrigan is now back on stage, not to lead the line dance, but to guide the dancers in what they’re calling the seventh inning stretch.
12:17 a.m. — Hospitality is now serving dinner to the dancers. The menu is:
- Assorted Subway subs
- Packaged apples
12:15 a.m. — That’s all for Jeopardy. Atlas takes home the victory.
12:14 a.m. — The Nittany Lion Shrine weighs 14 tons???
12:08 a.m. — Here we go folks.
12:05 a.m. — It’s time for THON Jeopardy. Showtime.
12:04 a.m. — Still confused on some of the lyrics to the #THON2020 line dance? This just might help.
12:02 a.m. — As we reach day two, find out why just a few of the 707 dancers are participating this weekend.
12:00 a.m. — We reach day two of #THON2020 just as Piano Fight Club finishes its set.
Friday, February 21
11:55 p.m. — Scratch that. Piano Fight Club’s final song is “Somebody To Love” by Queen.
11:51 p.m. — The duo is closing things out with an emotional performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”
11:49 p.m. — Here we go. Here’s Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” from Piano Fight Club.
11:45 p.m. — We only have 15 minutes left in day one of #THON2020, and Piano Fight Club is still rocking the house!
11:39 p.m. — A bit of a genre change now. Here’s Post Malone’s “Circles.”
11:36 p.m. — Piano Fight Club just did the impossible! They just transitioned from “Stand By Me” into Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls.”
11:33 p.m. — Keep ’em coming!! Now the duo is playing Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.”
11:31 p.m. — Another fire song selection. Here’s Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl.”
11:30 p.m. — Shoutout to Tetra for the ingenuity.
11:27 p.m. — Piano Fight Club has transitioned into a rendition of Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” and they’ve got the whole BJC clapping.
11:25 p.m. — A couple of sections are coordinating a dance with another org across the arena. This is what it’s all about, folks.
11:24 p.m. — These guys just can’t play a bad song. Here’s Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”
11:21 p.m. — Stay hot, Piano Fight Club. The duo is now playing Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.”
11:16 p.m. — Here’s a Penn State favorite. The Jonas Brothers’ “What A Man Gotta Do!”
11:11 p.m. — Now it’s time for Abba’s “Dancing Queen.” LETS GO!!!
11:09 p.m. — Piano Fight Club has the BJC rocking!!
11:06 p.m. — The duo is following up the Train classic with Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.”
11:02 p.m. — Piano Fight Club has taken the stage to tickle the ivories and liven up the Bryce Jordan Center! Its first song — Train’s classic “Drops of Jupiter.”
10:45 p.m. — Two THON children’s experiences will come full circle this weekend.
10:38 p.m. — Dancer Relations Captains, to the stage!!!
10:32 p.m. — The Brass Ensemble is wrapping things up with a beautiful rendition of “Country Roads.”
10:28 p.m. — Penn State’s Roar! Brass Ensemble has taken the stage and is getting the BJC grooving.
10:23 p.m. — Daya didn’t disappoint with her Friday night performance at #THON2020.
10:20 p.m. — The Penn State Sign Language Organization has taken the stage and is signing a performance of the Jonas Brothers’ “Burnin’ Up.”
10:18 p.m. — OH BABY! Whiplash is getting the BJC amped up with some impressive moves.
10:16 p.m. — Starting to consider how you’re going to take your break from #THON2020? Here are some tips from 2018.
10:13 p.m. — Whiplash has taken the stage and is opening with a dance routine to “All Of The Lights.”
10:04 p.m. — DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS HAVE RETURNED TO THE STAGE!!
10:02 p.m. — Mario gets the victory in a photo-finish!
10:01 p.m. — The Mario vs. Luigi race has begun.
9:57 p.m. — Welcome to Superhero Theme Hour!
9:55 p.m. — Want to get to know this year’s line dance leader? Meet Juliet Garrigan.
9:52 p.m. — Camp Rock’s “We Rock” has made its first appearance of #THON2020
9:48 p.m. — Teen night has officially begun in the South Annex of the BJC.
9:47 p.m. — Hungry after that performance but short on funds? We’ve got you covered.
9:45 p.m. — Daya’s performance has officially come to a close. But fear not, folks, the BJC DJ has been red-hot all night.
9:41 p.m. — What are thoooooseeee???
9:39 p.m. — Daya now moves into a performance of her mega-hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” The BJC knows this one, folks.
9:35 p.m. — It’s loud.
9:31 p.m. — Daya is now performing her hit song “Hideaway” and the BJC is singing along as best it can.
9:30 p.m. — If you can’t help but think about the line dance, we understand. Check out our power ranking of the lyrics!
9:28 p.m. — Name a better back up dancer than the Nittany Lion, we dare you.
9:25 p.m. — The Nittany Lion now joins Daya on stage!!
9:23 p.m. — “Thank you to the donors, thank you to the sponsors, thank you to the dancers, thank you to the people in stands. This is huge,” Daya said to the BJC crowd before leading them in a “We Are” chant.
9:20 p.m. — Daya is now performing her hit “Wanted.”
9:15 p.m. — Daya has electrified the BJC with her performance so far!
9:14 p.m. — She now moves into a performance of “All Right.”
9:08 p.m. — Daya now joins a long list of musicians who have stopped by THON for a surprise concert.
9:06 p.m. — The Pennsylvania native opens her set with “Sit Still, Look Pretty.”
9:05 p.m. — Daya has taken the stage!
9:01 p.m. — “Zombie Nation” IS HAPPENING!
8:59 p.m. — Check out some of best org letters and signs that we’ve seen at #THON2020 so far.
8:57 p.m. — It’s the thought that counts.
8:56 p.m. — “Tsunami” is being played and the BJC is covering all extreme weather cycles with its music selection.
8:54 p.m. — “Tremor” is now being played and the BJC is #firedup.
8:50 p.m. — Well, that’s it for Family Feud! The BJC is now bouncing as Galantis’ “Runaway” blares through the speakers.
8:47 p.m. — So Faccia Luna came in at last for top pizza places in State College. That’s disrespectful, but whatever.
8:39 p.m. — It’s time for THON Family Feud!
8:37 p.m. — “Since You Been Gone” is now playing and the BJC is now hype as we push through Friday night.
8:32 p.m. — No. 9 Penn State men’s basketball made sure it was a part of THON too.
8:29 p.m. — It still hasn’t gotten old yet…
8:24 p.m. — DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE. It’s time for round three, folks.
8:23 p.m. — Let’s see it!
8:14 p.m. — Disney trivia has now begun. Here. We. Go.
8:12 p.m. — The Disney hour music selection has been FIRE so far, folks. “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” is now being played and the BJC is grooving.
8:08 p.m. — We wouldn’t mind this new rule being implemented either, AnTHONy.
8:01 p.m. — The Music Service Club has taken the stage to sing their rendition of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” as part of Disney hour.
7:59 p.m. — Looking for your org? Look no further, folks.
7:55 p.m. — State College will, for once, NOT be frozen this weekend. Temperatures are only expected to go up from here.
7:55 p.m. — “Let it Go” is perfect for a Disney hour sing along. The BJC is joining in with the “Frozen” classic.
7:48 p.m. — WAVE ALERT! It makes it’s first go around this THON. Now it’s slowing down.
7:47 p.m. — Several Disney princesses from the A Moment of Magic Foundation are greeting children on the BJC floor.
7:41 p.m. — A Lion King mix is currently playing as kid’s mail call comes to an end.
7:40 p.m. — It’s dinner time on the BJC floor. Tonight’s menu:
-Mac & Cheese
7:34 p.m. — Disney hour, the weekend’s first theme hour, is underway.
7:24 p.m. — Familiar faces here at the Bryce Jordan Center are making an appearance — Penn State men’s basketball have stopped by for a visit.
7:22 p.m. — Organizers are calling for a human tunnel in the middle of the floor as we prepare for THON 2020’s first kids’ mail call.
7:16 p.m. — If you’re working on your line dance moves at home or on the floor before round four comes around, our video may be useful.
7:16 p.m. — They’re currently combining with several electric org letter displays to produce even more color and flash in the BJC.
7:13 p.m. — Four Diamonds light sticks are being handed out once again in the BJC.
They made their first appearance at THON 2018 during a surprise Misterwives performance.
7:10 p.m. — If you’re new to THON or just need to brush up on your lingo, here are a few terms to know heading into the weekend.
7:05 p.m. — The party begins.
7:02 p.m. — Darkness has fallen on Happy Valley as THON’s second hour begins.
6:58 p.m. — The BJC has plenty of options if you’re looking for a quick dinner or some stylish THON merch.
6:52 p.m. — The line dance has been a THON staple for decades. Here’s a brief history of THON’s most recognizable tradition.
6:52 p.m. — Now that we’ve learned the moves, it’s time for line dance No. 3.
6:51 p.m. — If some of this year’s lyrics stumped you, take a look at our “Genius Lyrics” breakdown of the line dance.
6:47 p.m. — THON verse time!
6:43 p.m. — “I know you know how to Renegade”
6:40 p.m. — THON’s line dance writers agree — the Game of Thrones finale was a complete letdown.
6:38 p.m. — Time to learn the pop culture verse, which includes a Naruto Run move.
6:37 p.m. — This year’s line dance: an instant classic.
6:35 p.m. — From the top!
6:34 p.m. — Line dance learning continues at the BJC.
6:32 p.m. —
Line Dance Instructors: “Future Lions, dance and see, this is where you’re meant to be.”
BJC Crowd: “Awwww”
6:31 p.m. — Chorus time!
6:27 p.m. — Loud cheers for the lines “Miles helps the Eagles fly” and “hardwood Lions play it cool, say it with me: Bball school!”
6:26 p.m. — Second verse!
6:23 p.m. — Line Dance No. 2 is underway, step by step.
6:23 p.m. — Nittany Lion Zach Sowa is helping Garrigan and her captains teach this year’s dance
This is his last event as the Lion, and he’s dancing alongside friend and Beaver Stadium Mic Man Eric Gaspich
6:21 p.m. — Line Dance Leader Juliet Garrigan is front and center to teach the BJC this year’s line dance.
6:20 p.m. — Several homages to previous line dances there. It’s enough to make any current senior nostalgic.
6:19 p.m. — Here are the full lyrics of THON 2020’s line dance.
6:17 p.m. — Baby Yoda makes an appearance in this year’s line dance, alongside the line “Say it with me, BBall school.”
6:17 p.m. — “PENN STATE FROM THE TOP, LET’S GET HYPE LET’S GO!”
6:15 p.m. — DANCER RELATIONS CAPTAINS TO THE STAGE for the first line dance of THON 2020.
6:14 p.m. — Andy Grammar’s “Good to Be Alive” is one of the first songs of THON 2020.
Grammar appeared for a surprise performance at THON 2019
6:10 p.m. — Four Diamonds co-founder Charles Millard thanked the BJC crowd for its efforts at his 43rd THON.
6:08 p.m. — Penn State women’s volleyball’s Emily Sciorra has performed in several THON Pep Rallies with her team over the course of her collegiate career.
This year, however, she’s one of THON’s 707 dancers.
6:04 p.m. — The BJC is in full THON-mode now as dancers embark on their 46-hour journey.
6:02 p.m. — Hour one.
6:00 p.m. — THE DANCERS ARE STANDING!
5:59 p.m. — The Nittany Lion has taken the stage!
5:56 p.m. — THON’s executive committee are being introduced onstage by Regina Duessler.
5:51 p.m. — Org letters are bouncing here in the stands as 6 p.m. approaches.
5:50 p.m. — Dancers stand in 10 minutes!
5:47 p.m. — K Camp’s “Lottery [Renegade]” just played for the first time in the BJC. It won’t be the song’s last appearance, but that’s a good thing if you have the dance down.
5:45 p.m. — State College will be officially known as the “City of THON” in 15 minutes.
5:44 p.m. — Smooth moves from Ambitions here as they dance to a mashup of “Happier” and “Sunflower.”
5:43 p.m. — Dance group Ambitions is up next.
5:40 p.m. — Not THONing this weekend? There’s plenty to do outside the BJC.
5:36 p.m. — Grammy Award-winning rapper Frzy takes the stage! He’s accompanied by a turntable — expect hype beats.
“Oh we’re gonna have a good time tonight,” he said. “We’re gonna make history tonight.”
5:34 p.m. — The stands are joining Mary Jo Swank for the final chorus of “Forever Young.”
5:33 p.m. — The BJC floor will soon be rocking. Dancers stand in less than 30 minutes.
5:29 p.m. — Mary Jo Swank is onstage now, singing a powerful rendition of Alphaville’s “Forever Young” before transitioning into “Halo” by Beyonce.
“Thank you for having me take part in something beautiful,” she said. “This is For The Kids.”
5:22 p.m. — Next, Centre Dance took the stage to flash some moves and get the crowd pumped ahead of THON’s official start.
5:17 p.m. — This year’s THON Kickoff Show got off to a dazzling start with a performance from the Show Twirlers.
5:10 p.m. — Members from R&R came onstage to discuss safety rules for the weekend, including evacuation plans and severe weather threats.
5:06 p.m. — A Four Diamonds family joined members from the Penn State Thespians on stage in singing the national anthem.
5:00 p.m. — Just one hour until dancers stand! In the meantime, feel free to check out THON’s new merchandise, which reflects this year’s theme in some pretty cool ways.
4:56 p.m. — It’s official, folks. State College Mayor Ron Filippelli came on stage at the BJC to proclaim State College the “City Of THON” for the entire weekend.
4:50 p.m. — Follow our coverage of THON 2020 as we profile dancers, interview student supporters, and maybe even shower in the BJC bathrooms.
4:47 p.m. — The lights are dimming here at the BJC, and this year’s “Journey Together” logo is shining bright above the stage.
4:36 p.m. — Head to Portal 8 to charge up before and during THON 2020.
4:30 p.m. — The BJC floor is lined with dancers stretching and preparing for the 46 hours ahead. They’ll stand in exactly an hour and a half.
4:28 p.m. — And while we’re on the subject of SpongeBob and THON…
4:25 p.m. — The readiest section so far:
4:22 p.m. — If you’re searching for even more BJC guidance, some THON history, or a gate line length check, check out the Penn State Go app’s THON section.
4:17 p.m. — Just arrived in the BJC? Here’s a comprehensive concourse map that will guide you toward food, THON merch, restrooms, and water.
4:14 p.m. — Org letters are filling up the BJC stands as THON’s early arrivals stream in. Check back later for a compilation of some of this year’s most creative designs.
4:12 p.m. — It’s almost real boogie hours at the BJC.
4:09 p.m. — Panic! At the Disco’s “High Hopes” is blaring as dancers continue to make their way through the human tunnel. THON is officially less than two hours away.
4:01 p.m. — The dancers are in the building! Let’s boogie!
3:50 p.m. — Welcome to our coverage of THON 2020! The stage is set at the Bryce Jordan Center, where dancers will be standing in a little over two hours. We’ll be posting pictures, videos, and updates here throughout the weekend.
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Notably, seniors are still not invited to the separate, freshmen-only Beaver Stadium event slated for Saturday, April 17.
Notably, seniors are still not invited to the separate, freshmen-only Beaver Stadium event slated for Saturday, April 17.
“Ultimately, this isn’t about me and what I want to do in the borough. It’s about what the borough needs me to do for them.”
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