UNC Charlotte students take the stage at McKnight Hall to show off their talent
Photos by Chris Crews.
McKnight Hall came to life on Friday, April 8 during the Campus Activities Board Spring Talent Show. With a packed crowd, some of UNC Charlotte’s brightest young stars take the stage to demonstrate their talents.
Darren Brand from MTV’s “Wild N’Out” and comedian, Tyler Does, hosted the two hour showcase of music, dance and poetry. Darren and Tyler kept the audience laughing and brought a fresh and energetic feel to the auditorium. The DJ also kept the audience’s attention during breaks in performances and inspired people to get out of their seats and dance along to the music.
After a few opening jokes from the two hosts, the show kicked off with a dance and musical performance by Benjamin Iuliano, who embodied the rhythm and style of Michael Jackson. The performance as a definite highlight of the show and drew the crowd to their feet in roaring applause. Benjamin ended up taking the second place prize in the end.
Another one of the standout performers was Zachary Timmons, a spoken word artist. Timmons recited two of his self-written poems to the attentive audience. Using language as his medium, Timmons brought chills to everyone. The moving and powerful performance prompted the crowd to snap their fingers and cheer. At the end of the show, Zachary Timmons was awarded the third place prize by the judges.
Some of the other notable performers included acapella group, Finer Niners, who delivered a mashup rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.” A multi-talented guitarist sings and raps a cover of Childish Gambino’s “3005.” Melissa Olarte shows off her talent as she beautifully sings a cover of Ariana Grande’s “Best Mistake.” The show also featured two rappers and several dancers. The various group performances were also highlights of the showcase. Overall, the show spotlighted a very diverse group of talents
Amidst a few delaying technical difficulties and a random departure of one of the hosts, the show was definitely an enjoyable experience. The excitement and the interaction of the large audience absolutely contributed to the lively and energetic feeling of the talent show. Each of the student performers deserve recognition for getting up on stage and pouring their heart out to a crowd of their peers. The Campus Activities Board hosts several on-campus events throughout the year. For more information about CAB and the assorted batch of upcoming events, be sure to visit https://cab.uncc.edu/events/upcoming for more information.