On Sunday March 4, 2018, United Way hosted a Lip Sync Battle at Java Loft in Clovis, NM from 4-7 p.m. All of the proceeds from the event went to United Way to help with providing acts of service and improving the lives of those who are the most vulnerable in the Clovis and Portales communities.
A total of 10 contestants participated as they chose two songs to perform; one song per round. Though the majority of the contestants were young girls, Jason McWhorter not only stood out as the only male participant, but as Java Loft’s own talented barista. McWhorter’s performance instantly became the crowd favorite as he danced, flipped, and interacted with the audience while singing Glee’s rendition of “Holding Out for a Hero” and “Bet on It” from High School Musical 2.
For the rest of the contestants, a common theme presented itself through artist selections of Meghan Trainor and Bruno Mars. Six out of the twenty songs were performed to the tracks of these two artists. One contestant, Kayla Holmes, truly committed to her performance of “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor by wearing an animal onesie, much like the onesie Trainor wears in her music video. During round two, Holmes performed another Meghan Trainor song, “Better When I’m Dancing” with a trendy gold vest and a pair of sunglasses. Both performances sent the audience clapping and cheering as she danced around the Java Loft.
Another contestant, 15-year-old Nevaeh Sawyer, chose to perform “No” by Meghan Trainor and “Finesse” by Bruno Mars (feat. Cardi B). Sawyer’s performance involved careful choreography and crowd walking. After receiving a total of 437 votes, Sawyer was announced as the winner of the lip sync battle and received a $100 Visa gift card as her prize. “I would definitely be willing to do it again, as long as I have time for it,” said Sawyer. When asked how she made her song choices, Sawyer shared that she enjoyed how sassy they were because it reflected some of her own personality, “I like singing and dancing, and I love competition.”