The K-pop dance group, “K-Revolution” won second place. PN Photo/Michaela Tisdale

By Michaela Tisdale, Promotions and Social Media Manager

Pembroke Activities Council left everyone on the edge of their seats at the 29th annual talent show. The show was hosted by previous winner and UNCP spring 2019 graduate, Nick Courman.

The show featured nine students who were chosen from previous performances. The contestants were voted on via a poll website. The show had four judges, Brittany Best, a student, Lekya Francis and Lamar Courmon from the Campus Engagement and Leadership Office and Christie Poteet, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

The talent show was a site to see because each performer performed with enthusiasm. Courman was engaged with the crowd as a host. Joshua Mceachern won first place, the dance group K-Revolution won second place and Tai’JeaDavis won third place. First place received $300, second place received $200 and third place received $100.

“I was shocked when I won, I was very excited, and I loved every experience of it. Hopefully, they will let me be a judge at the next talent show, fingers crossed,” Mceachern said.

Mceachern said that he had a few bumps in the road during rehearsal because he didn’t have anything prepared. He said that when the show started he became more confident in himself and that the show went well overall.

Givens Performing Arts Center had 230 people in attendance for the show. The show started off with dances from alumni Courman and his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma.

The first performer of the night was Tai’Jea Davis, a senior nursing major. She sang “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor, a song close to her for her family. Davis previously won the talent show two years in a row. Davis was able to meet new people and enjoy their company since performing is her passion. Davis says that so many people have talent and are good singers but some may just be afraid to show it on stage.

“The Talent show was a great experience! Even though I didn’t win it’s okay because I’ve already won for the past two years,” Davis said.

William Duff, a honors business major, sang acapella to “Goodbye Monday” by Caleb Hyles.

The Korean pop club group, K-revolution, danced to the Korean pop song “Blue Hour” by Tomorrow X Together. The dance was entertaining with the unique culture of the music and outfit changes in the performance.

Isabella DePietro from K-revolution gave insight into the Korean pop club on campus and how students can join. The club started in 2017, the group has grown and done performances in global engagement. They are always open for more members who can join via Braveconnect and no dance experience is needed. 

Senior Joshua Mceachern sang Bruno Mars, “When I was your Man”. The crowd cheered for him as he was singing.

Onyx Odgers, junior, danced to “Bad Mama Jama” by Carl Carlton. The crowd was entertained and excited for the next performer. 

Freshman Chloe Stephens sang “Listen” by Beyonce while playing the piano. She was very energetic with her performance and performed gracefully.

Freshman Ayanni Sequoia sang “One Night Only” by Jennifer Hudson. She was described in her introduction by Courman as a shy person with a big singing voice. 

Junior Brandon Turay danced to “Fall” by Davido and the crowd was energetic. 

“I had a great experience. I got a chance to show everyone what I love to do. Dancing is my passion,” Turay said.

Senior Bonnie Ray sang “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston for her performance. Ray entered the stage with confidence and it showed within her performance. 

Pembroke Activities Council hosts the talent show every year and this was the first in-person show presented in the last two years.