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Snapshots of Stardom:
Seattle | 2007 Homecoming Talent Show
Words like “epic” and “amazingness” were used to describe it. More than 1,000 people braved the lines to get in. Inarguably the biggest event of the year, and an age-old Seattle Pacific University tradition, the 2007 Homecoming Talent Show will go down in the history books as legendary.
Event planners sophomore Josh Anway and junior Kellie Hicks, who worked for several months on the production, were thrilled with the results: “As the evening went on, the momentum kept picking up.
Everything got better and better. We were blown away by the '4 Hearts, 1 Beat' performance at the end. We were in shock!” If you've never heard of “4 Hearts, 1 Beat,” that is not surprising. They are a fake boy band. But since their stellar performance at the Talent Show, T-shirts have been made and there is a Facebook fan club. A professional music video of the band was produced (complete with a helicopter!) and played between acts, culminating in a surprise, fully choreographed performance at the conclusion of the show. “It's crazy,” says junior Callie Webb. “It's like full-blown '4 Hearts, 1 Beat' mania on campus!”
Beyond one fictitious boy band, there were also 10 acts of very real talent. More than 30 students auditioned — everything from tap dancing to glowsticking to a cappella
duets. “We selected the people we thought best represented Seattle Pacific and focused on selecting a wide variety of talent,” says Daniel Skiffington, executive director of the Student Union Board
Cash prizes were awarded to first, second, and third place winners, which were as follows: First place: Secret O' Life, playing a medley of James Taylor songs with sizzling guitar solos and an abundance of soul. Second place: Singer/songwriter Tyler Eide, with an original song about his love of the city of Seattle titled “Shimmer.” Third place: The Pledge performed an original song, “Running Away,” full of polished vocals and unforgettable percussion.
Several former Talent Show performers have gone on to fame and fortune, including Kristen Eddings '04, who finished in the top 10 at the 2007 Miss America Pageant, and Steve Boyd '93, now a producer for Seattle's KOMO-4 News. What will the boys of “4 Hearts, 1 Beat” be doing in 10 years? Only time can tell.
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