Eastern New Mexico University’s Associated Students Activities Board held their annual Eastern’s Got Talent competition on Nov. 6 in the Campus Union Building.
The event featured singers, group performances, hula-hoop dancers, and other talent acts.
Contestant Sarah Bracamonte performed Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold,” which had the crowd bringing out their cellphones and swaying along to the music.
Other contestants’ performances had the crowd roaring with excitement and interest.
Contestant Annabelle Rangel opened the show, performing “Love’s Philosophy” by Roger Quilter.
Rangel said she felt very nervous about opening the event.
“I’m a performer, but I’m shy. My nerves skyrockets, but they don’t get the best of me. But I somehow come out successful,” Rangel said.
Rangel said she was encouraged to try out for Eastern’s Got Talent, because she hadn’t tried out for any music events around campus and figured it was a good opportunity before she graduates.
Contestant David Wade performed “Bloodstream” by Ed Sheeran.
Wade said he has been singing and playing the guitar since he was 6 years old.
Wade said he is familiar with being in front of a crowd and was feeling optimistic about his performance.
“I want to rock the crowd,” he said enthusiastically.
“Well, it’s always been a dream of mine to make my own music and travel the world on tour; Eastern’s Got Talent was kind of a stepping stone for that,” Wade said.
Wade said he’s working on an album of his own, and Eastern’s Got Talent was a great opportunity for him to gain more experience with performing.
Contestant Sydney Teran performed the song “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.
Teran said she has been performing since she was in the fifth grade, and it’s become a regular hobby of hers.
“I used to sing in middle school and high school talent shows. I decided to try Eastern’s Got Talent to perform in front of a larger crowd, and eventually, I want to perform on ‘The Voice,’” Teran said.
She said she was nervous to perform in front of such a large crowd but having the support of her best friends eased her nerves.
Judges decided the final five contestants, then students voted for the final three contestants, using a ticket they received while entering the event.
The final three contestants were:
First place: Jonathan Tucker (Ritzy Ditzy) received a $300 cash prize.
Second place: David and Andres Aguirre received a $200 cash prize.
Third place: Sarah Bracamonte received a $100 cash prize.