Charles “Scooter” Anderson (Pittsburgh) is Clayton State University’s Idol for 2012!
With his performance of “Dream in the Air,” Anderson sealed the deal. At least 200 students and guests were in attendance for the first Clayton State Idol competition, which took place Monday, Feb. 13, in the Student Activities Center Ballroom. The event featured the vocal talents of several Clayton State University students. Anderson received a trophy, cash prize, and gifts and rewards from local businesses and The Loch Shop.
Anderson (a sophomore pre-engineering major), Andrea Cain (a senior English major from Augusta), Joshua Davis (a sophomore pre-business major from Brunswick), Damoli Harris (a freshman biology major from Detroit), Angelo Mirville (a Dual Enrollment sophomore liberal studies major from Locust Grove), Christian Reynolds (a junior psychology major from Atlanta), and LaDonna Williams (a senior theatre major from Locust Grove) were the seven semi-finalists that advanced from the audition call held on Thursday, Jan. 26. Vocal coaches Jevon Brock and Kelli Ellis worked with each of the semi-finalist throughout the process.
The semi-finalists opened the event with a group selection of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” The three finalists in the competition were Anderson, Harris and Mirville. The judges for the evening were: Ciara Edge, a Clayton State alumna and choral and drama director at Hampton Middle School; Candace Henry, another Clayton State graduate and assistant director of Orientation & New Student Programs, and Jerryal Pettigrew, academic advisor in the Clayton State First Year Advising & Retention Center.
“The elimination was tough and each contestant displayed great talent,” Henry says.
Program hosts Joseph Echols from the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, and Jessica Horton, senior English major, also kept the crowd entertained throughout the night. Clayton State Assistant Professor of Theatre/Communications, Shontelle Thrash provided production assistance for the performers. Audience members also heard renditions of Beyoncé’s “Dangerously in Love,” Luther Vandross’ “Superstar,” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.”
Darius Thomas, Orientation & New Student Programs new student programs assistant, was the program coordinator for Clayton State University Idol. Thomas expressed excitement about the future of Clayton State University Idol.
“This first-time event generated positive student support and interest to kick-off the homecoming week and I look forward to next year’s event,” Thomas says.