Performers Strut their Stuff for ‘Bowie’s Got Talent’
By Sarah Hainesworth
One of the events that kicked off homecoming was the talent show, Bowie’s Got Talent. Although the show left me thinking it should have been called something else like Bowie (Don’t) Got Talent or Bowie’s Got Talent? Some of the acts were pretty good.
The band 1865, opened the show with jazz/R&B renditions of classics by Erykah Badu, Pharell and a hit song by Soulja Boy.
The other performers included Ashley, who sang “He Loves Me” by Jill Scott, Del Afrique, a group who performed an African-style dance, Cholo who recited an original poem and rap group High Definition.
The final performances of the night were a song by Makeda, breakdancing by Kontrol Freaks, a rap by Brandon Woolfolk, Chrisette Michelle’s “Like a Dream” performed by Tea the Songbird and last, but not least, a performance by BSU’s only rock band, 12th of August.
More entertaining than some of the scheduled performances were the impromtu “Dougie” and “Crazy Legs” dance competitions when audience members showed off their dance skills.
We were honored with a special guest judge for our talent show, Grammy Award- winning recording artist Ledisi.
At the end of the show, all the contestants returned to the stage so the winners could be announced. The third place winner was Del Afrique. In second place was, Cholo, whose poetic lines such as, “I ask God to send me a Queen with natural hair” and “If you’re out there looking for love, look inside yourself” had the crowd spellbound.
The first place winner was Kontrol Freaks, with their intricate body movements and unique break dancing style, they moved to techno music while still incorporating modern hip hop.
Overall, the talent show was entertaining. Bowie State has some truly talented students, but some who should stay away from the stage.