Five student teams competed for the golden microphone, not an athletics trophy, when Notre Dame College Student Engagement presented its first Lip Sync Battle in the Regina Auditorium.
The evening of simulated music performances began with a pre-event that rallied the college formal athletics award ceremony, the FESPYs, featuring yummy appetizers and a red carpet for endless “paparazzi” photos.
Following a memorable opening performance by NDC’s own rock band Cloud 9, a DJ hired from the outside got everyone to sing their hearts out as he had Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” blasting through the auditorium speakers.
“Everyone really had a fun time,” said junior Gloria Voelker. “The room was full of energy, and everyone wanted to get involved.”
The battle began with the team “Da Bruhz” and their song choice of “Just Friends” by Musiq Soulchild. With routine dance and simultaneous lip-syncing, the team earned third place from the panel of student and staff judges.
The list of competitors ended with “Tone Down for What,” a team that selected “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. By dressing in crazy colors, dancing freestyle and even featuring a Bruno Mars look-alike, the team scored second place at the end of the battle.
“We were all nervous about performing, but extremely excited with the outcome,” said senior Megan Murtaugh, a team member of “Tone Down for What.”
The student team that would take home the golden microphone was “Ryan and Sharpay” as they performed their spot-on rendition of “What I’ve Been Looking For” from High School Musical.
Along with the suspense of waiting for a winner to be announced, a surprise event took place halfway through the battle. The DJ called up random members of the audience and divided them into two teams to compete in an unrehearsed mini lip-sync clash.
“It was my favorite part of the battle,” said junior Courtney Chambers. “It was just so random and unexpected but really a lot of fun to see!”
Student Engagement also conducted raffles in between performances, and prize baskets were awarded to lucky ticket holders.
Even President Thomas G. Kruczek was on hand. He presented the awards following the performances.
After a night filled with dancing, singing along, and of course lip-syncing, many students said it was certainly an event to remember.
“I definitely hope another lip-sync battle happens again soon at the college,” said Murtaugh.