Mizzou Idol!

The fourth annual Mizzou Idol competition was held on Feb. 15 in the Missouri Theatre downtown.

This competition, co-hosted by the Department of Student Activities and the Residence Halls Association, is based off of the hit television show American Idol. Mizzou students of all ages were able to try out for the competition and out of the 75 people who auditioned, 13 were selected to perform at the actual event.

Of those thirteen contestants, three were chosen to be wildcards. That means that only one of the three would be able to advance to the semi-final competition. All three performed and the audience sent in a text to vote for the winner.

While the votes were being counted to see which wildcard would advance to the semi-finals, there was a brief performance from Comedy Wars. They did a few improve activities to engage the audience before the real competition began.

Out of the three wildcards, freshmen Armani Cross won the audiences’ votes in order to join the ten other semi-finalists in the next leg of the competition.

All eleven of the remaining singers were given three minutes on stage to win over the audience and the competition’s three judges. After all of the performers showcased their talents, the judges collaboratively narrowed down the competition from eleven participants to six.

After the final round, sophomore journalism major Merrissanee Lewis-Thompson rose above her competition and won the title of the 2013 Mizzou Idol. Along with the honor of winning the competition, Lewis-Thompson received a trophy, 400 dollars, and the chance to sing “The National Anthem” at a Mizzou athletic event.

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Amber Smith