The Mount’s Got Talent competition ended on a high note for Walk of Shame on Thursday Apr. 16, in Club 1808. The band came out on top as the winner of the last three acts to advance to the third and final round.
The night began in high anticipation as hosts T.J. Munns and Bill Witkoski introduced the three acts, including the eight-member male acappella group The Crescendudez and stand-up comedian Brian Wells in addition to the Walk of Shame band. A judges’ panel, including senior Kelsey Ketelsen and Dr. Amanda Beal, reviewed each act and decided the winner after all performed.
The Crescendudez kicked off the night with the vocal talents of Frank Bailey, John Bilenki, Vicente Garcia, Matt Palardy, Eric Szpila, Michael Temple, Christian Winkle and Matthias Wurster singing Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and a polyphony of “Shake it Off” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” The three judges offered high praise for the group’s abilities.
“You guys have improved so much in your stage presence, in the way you’re connecting with the crowd, the way you’re using your different tones,” Dr. Beal acknowledged, “I’m just really impressed.”
Breaking up the musical performances, senior Brian Wells then took to the stage, showing off his comedy skills. In response to his jokes and delivery, judge Ketelsen noted Wells’ growing confidence. “You were great,” she cheered, “your transitions were great. You were so much more relaxed than you have ever been. It was awesome!”
Closing his act, Wells thanked the hosts and judges for the opportunity. “This has been awesome,” he said, “I’ve loved getting to know everybody from these acts. I love the fact that I signed up for this.”
After a brief intermission, the Walk of Shame rocked the night to its end fusing the three members’ talents including guitarist and vocalist Peter Kelly, bassist Andrew Phillips and drummer Chris Sonich. The group covered The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.”
After the judges convened to compile the scores, hosts Munns and Witkoski announced the Walk of Shame as winner of the Mount’s Got Talent competition, presenting them with their $300 prize.
When asked about his feelings after the win, Andrew Phillips expressed his thanks for the judges’ votes and his pride in the band.
“We all had a great time, it was a lot of fun,” he said. “We’re a really great band and we hope to be back again for the competition next year.”