Topper Idol (week one recap)


Emma Beatty

West Liberty students watching Topper Idol together while socially distanced.

Feb. 3, 2021 marked the first week of Topper Idol here at West Liberty University. Seven contestants took the stage to be the next winner. Before COVID-19, Topper Idol would be hosted in the Student Union in front of students and professors alike. This year, however, it was hosted on the West Liberty Residence Life Twitter page (@WLUResLife) over live video. This is where it will be streamed every Wednesday in February.
The show was hosted by sophomore Madison Linzy. Judges of the event included Residence Life Area Coordinator Yodev Ocasio, Creative Video Director Jared Thompson, and Director of Center for Student Success Christopher McPherson. Assistant Director of Development Nick Musgrave spoke on behalf of the West Liberty University Foundation who sponsors this event.
Sarah Booth started the show with her performance of “Something’s Gotta Hold on Me” by Etta James. Due to technical difficulties, Sarah had to perform twice, but she persisted nonetheless. The next performer was Autumn Ducksworth who sang “Stay with Me: by Sam Smith while accompanying herself on guitar. Third on the line-up was Dominic Smith and his rendition of “Your Man” originally sung by Josh Turner. Dominic had the whole room clapping along with him.
After this, Charli McConnell hit the stage with “I Feel a Sin Comin’ On” by Pistol Annies. The accompaniment track added beautiful harmonies to what was already a great performance. The fifth contestant was Emily Rudy who covered “Die from a Broken Heart” from Maddie & Tae. Next, Alexia Schmader sang an original song called “Don’t Cry.” This was the only original piece of the night. Last, but certainly not least, was Rosaleah Brill with a rendition of “Can’t Smile Without You,” a Barry Manilow song. Rosaleah’s performance was the only recorded one due to her inability to be on campus.
The first week of Topper Idol was an overwhelming success despite the challenges COVID-19 has caused. Tune in next Wednesday, Feb. 10 to see these contestants again as they sing songs from the ‘80s.