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‘My Hero Zero’ Plays Twelfth Consecutive THON

My Hero Zero returned to in-person THON this year, where they turned the BJC electric in the early hours of Saturday morning. After a virtual performance last year, My Hero Zero kept its streak of THON appearances alive and played for its twelfth THON in a row.

A State College staple, My Hero Zero has been known to play around town and rally crowds with plenty of fan-favorite covers and original songs alike — all with lots of energy.

The band opened with “Shout (You Make Me Wanna)” by Otis Day and the Knights to amp up the crowd for their set. After The Kid LAROI’s “STAY,” they broke out a mashup of “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas and BeyoncĂ©’s “Crazy In Love” where frontman Jason O. broke out his trumpet.

Singers Jason O. and Karen Dixon showed off their pipes in “I Want It That Way” from the Backstreet Boys.

The BJC then participated in a game called How Many Sing-Along Songs Can We Do In A Row (Part 2) in which five classic sing-alongs were belted out by the crowd.

As the band always does, they encouraged audience participation and gathered dancers closer to the stage during “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. They moved into a mashup of “Imagine” by John Lennon and “Hey Jude” from the Beatles and everyone brought out their phone flashlights to light up the BJC.

My Hero Zero introduced us to a new original song, “Diamonds Up” that was written about THON. The song brought a much-needed motivational push for dancers on the floor and prompted the crowd to put their diamonds up.

“We got it out just in time for THON 2022… I wrote this song 5 years ago right after the THON 5k,” Jason O said.

The BJC jammed out to other sing-along classics such as “Stacy’s Mom,” “Everybody Talks,” “Tongue Tied,” and “Love Story.”

My Hero Zero closed out their set with “All I Do Is Win” and left the BJC feeling wired after an electric performance.

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