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Buck-Idol: Ohio State talent show showcases best of the Buckeyes

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Girls might run the world, but boys win at talent shows.

The Buckeye Showcase featured students competing to be No. 1 from judges and audience members Tuesday in the Ohio Union Performance Hall.

The talent varied from beatboxers to opera singers, baton twirlers to magicians, and even hip hop dancers.

Students showed off their skills to an audience of more than 150 people. At the end of the show, audience members were told to text their favorite act to win the Fan Favorite Award. Three judges also decided who would win cash prizes by selecting the top three performances.

First place from the judges went to Buck That! an all-male a cappella group, who performed “It’s Gonna Be Me” by ‘N Sync, along with “Poison” by Bell Biv DaVoe.

The members of Buck That! said their winnings would go toward their trip to perform in the quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella competition at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kettering High School.

Justine Appiah-Danquah, a third-year in communications, said Buck That! impressed her the most.

“The crowd was hard to please and they got them interested,” Appiah-Danquah said.

The fan favorite vote went to The OSU Freestyle Rap and BeatBox Club. The members played “Flat-Bill Flow” by passing a hat down and selecting different topics to rap about as two other members beatboxed.

The topics ranged from Victoria’s Secret to Lunchables. Each rap had a twist of comedy thrown in, with lines such as, “These ladies run away like I’m bathing in Mirror Lake.”

Jordan Arbaugh, a second-year in exploration, said she voted for the rapping and beatbox crew.

“It was just really clever,” Arbaugh said. The whole show was put together well with a lot of talent, she said.

There were highs and lows at the show.

The Buckeye Twirlers had a rough performance, as several twirlers dropped their batons during their routine.

Other performances included opera singer, Wladimiro Villarroel, who tried to woo his way into the hearts of those watching him, and dances that ranged from hip-hop to Bollywood.

Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” song was the most popular with performers. Two of the dance groups incorporated it into their mixes.

The all-female hip-hop dance crew Stylez, and the OSU Nashaa, a co-ed group who blended elements of hip-hop with Bollywood together, gave their opinion of who is in charge of the world.

Magicians and solo artists also occupied the stage. Drew Murray turned scarves into doves and doves into balloons during his five-minute act.

Performing her own original song, “One too Many Winters,” Devra Laserson took home second place from the judges.

Taylor Snyder, a first-year in biology, said she enjoyed the range of talent that was displayed.

Buck That! might have taken first place, but they weren’t the only a cappella group with an OSU-themed name that performed in the talent show.

Scarlet Fever also showed off its a cappella and beatboxing skills. The scarlet-and-black-clad group presented a Michael Jackson mashup, mixing “I’ll Be There,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Billie Jean” and more.

Other talents included rock band The Backup Plan, who performed a garage band-style version of Rihanna’s song “Umbrella,” and solo artists Eric Billman and Hannah Meagan. Dance crew Dance Linx also appeared.

Eighth Floor Improv members interacted with the audience as they acted as MCs in between each set.

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