Performers heat the stage at auditions

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Students performed an array of acts including singing, dancing and jump roping to be a part of this semester’s BYU-Idaho’s Got Talent show, which will take place Oct. 12 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.

Over 30 acts came out to the auditions Oct. 3 in the hopes of being a part of the 15 performers that will perform in the actual show.

Erica White, a junior studying communication and a judge for this semester’s show, said the judges were hoping for a variety of acts and performers.

“We’re looking for quirky, out-of-the-bag performers,” White said. “We want to give the show variety and leave people amazed.”

Kassandra Furlong, a freshman studying psychology, and Allie Sheffield, a freshman studying exercise physiology, performed a medley of Coldplay and Lady Gaga.

Furlong sang while Sheffield accompanied her on the piano.

Furlong said that she and Sheffield heard about the tryouts two days prior to the actual date.

After they heard about the auditions, they decided to create an arrangement together and try out because of their passion for music.

Sheffield said she started to play the piano when she was younger for medical reasons.

“When I was little I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, and at first I got into piano just so I could use my hands. It was just a need. Then I fell in love with it,” Sheffield said.

Tempo Rush, a male a capella gro, auditioned with one of Billy Joel’s songs called “Longest Time.”

The gro said they got their name from rushing to learn their audition piece.

They said the gro was created three days before the audition.

Erika Smith, a BYU-I alumna, said this will be her first time participating in the show.

She chose to audition with a contemporary dance piece.

“I got so nervous before — I don’t know why, but I decided to finally audition this year. I felt like this semester was the right time,” Smith said.

In addition to these acts, there will be an artist spray-painting a masterpiece in less than 10 minutes, an ocarina player and an illusionist who will perform during the show.

The managers of the show said they and volunteers for the show are currently working to organize the event.

They said they hope to see a good turnout.

General admission will be $3 for the public.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at byui.universitytickets.com or at the campus ticket office.