They say every minute a star is born and for the past 14 years, NOVA Idol has been showcasing local stars with its annual production. This year was no exception as the aspiring stars stepped into the spotlight Friday, March 31 to take the stage at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus. The event featured three variety acts and nine singers.
This year, students with talents other than singing were invited to audition for the show. During fall 2016, students from all six NOVA campuses auditioned in an effort to display their talents in beatboxing, dancing, juggling and other skills. This year’s judges for NOVA Idol included singers Shirleta Settles, Sylver Logan Sharp and Carmen Cravan, musician Jerome Price and tap dancer Marshall Davis.
"A lot of our past performers have gone on to do great things," said Dr. Brenda Holmes, director of NOVA Idol. The show is committed to actively raising the quality of life for every contestant. Holmes added, “We want all the contestants to reach their full potential and our task is to make it possible. Our mission is to provide arenas for students of all ages to demonstrate a skill or talent of their choice.”
As the judges deliberated over the contestants’ performances, Davis performed a tap dance routine, 14-year-old high school student, Nicolas McCatty, sang and Jessica Dunne (NOVA study abroad student from Scotland) also sang to entertain the audience.
Beatboxer SangHyuk “Chip” Han took home the grand prize for the variety act. And this year’s winners of the singing portion are Clifton Marble Jr. (1st place), Zamira Rodriguez (2nd place) and Christen Butler (3rd place).
NOVA Idol is open to all NOVA students and welcomes students from all campuses to participate. The now popular event started as a talent show in a classroom on the Alexandria Campus but quickly expanded over the years. If you missed this year’s show, watch it here.
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