Friday night may have had Joe Jonas, but Saturday night saw the real stars of THON put on a rocking show. The Kids’ Talent Show gives the kids a chance to let out their inner diva and shine on stage. Performing in front of thousands of people is no doubt intimidating, but the stands of Penn Staters cheering makes the talent show an excellent venue for even the tiniest of the talented performers.
The opening act of the show was Meghan with “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. Meghan has a voice that most pop stars would envy, so her enthusiastic performance amazed the crowd. She filled the BJC with new fans after her heartfelt rendition.
Next was Alyson, who covered Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” so well that it made the infamous Glee cover weak. Alyson was a small performer, but anyone who heard her act can attest to the fact that she’s a huge talent.
Another highlight of the show came in the form of three incredible singers who cheekily called themselves the Triple A Girls. In tune to pop culture, they chose to bless us with a rendition of “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara. All three girls sang their hearts out, and really drove home the inspiring message of their song choice.
As if their performance wasn’t rousing enough, the trio further showed the crowd their star power by leading a thundering “We Are” chant. Valley also gives them props for their matching bedazzled leggings. We know what we’re wearing for THON 2018!
Students in the stands loved Sydney’s passionate performance of “White Horse” by Taylor Swift. With her sleek blond hair and effortless voice, she could be giving Taylor Swift herself a run for her money in a few years. Valley also gives a nod to her pretty pink tutu, a tried and true trend of THON that she pulled off expertly.
The Kids’ Talent Show was more than just an impressive demonstration of music ability, though. For dancer Sarah Henry from the Reformed University Fellowship, “seeing the kids perform is a reminder of why I’m here. I love that they have such a huge opportunity to perform.”
Alpha Kappa Psi’s dancer Madeline Hinckey agreed, saying, “I love to hear them sing their favorite songs. When they’re passionate up there, we can make them feel loved.”
Tri-State dancer Rachel Pileggi said that her “favorite thing is when they bring a friend with them.” Valley imagines that she especially enjoyed the Triple A Girls, then!
This year, the Kids’ Talent Show featured many amazing performances by the kids that THON is all about. Who knows-maybe someday one of them will be headlining their own concert at the BJC!