Fun, inspiration and good music at Great Lakes ‘Idol’ contest

Students celebrate as they bring tradition from former St. Clair Secondary School

Great Lakes Secondary School presented its first "Idol" contest at the school on Valentine's Day. Steve Barcroft, far left, was the winner. Photo by Sydney Hobin.

On Tuesday February 14 Great Lakes Secondary School had its first-ever “Idol” contest, where there were three rounds in total and six students from grades 10-12 who had performed songs of their choosing.

Three judges talked to the contestants about their singing and accounted for 51% of the decision as to who would continue to the next round, with the audience vote making up the balance.

With 10 minute intervals the judges had time to decide who would continue in the competition and where audience members could reach out to the singers, either for encouragement or to vote as to who would go to the next round.

When it got to the end of the night grade 11 student Steve Barcroft emerged as the winner of the Idol contest. He decided he wanted to sing a song with the rest of the singers as a congratulatory song for all those who sang that night and had the audience sing along to ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz, a very uplifting moment.

Brian Coleman, a science teacher at Great Lakes, served as the host, calling up contestants and moving things along with a quick joke or quip, often using a line from the upcoming song for inspiration. One example: Mr. Coleman looked around seemingly trying to find someone on the stageThe host of the night was a teacher at Great Lakes Mr. Coleman who when calling up the contestants made the audience laugh with jokes or  funny lines that involved an upcoming song, one example being when he was looking for someone then turned around to help with the microphone and called himself “A Lost Boy”—the name of the next song.

The idol show, a tradition from the former St. Clair Secondary School that faculty at Great Lakes brought with them to Great Lakes, was a great way for the students to show people their passion for singing with songs from different genres. And the variety was certainly there, from pop songs like Your Song by Elton John on piano to rock songs like Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes on acoustic.

The night was full of amazing singers who were all willing to help each other out when those who couldn’t play instruments needed someone to lend a hand and play the guitar or piano.

When it got to the end of the night grade 11 student Steve Barcroft emerged as the winner of the Idol contest. He decided he wanted to sing a song with the rest of the singers as a congratulatory song for all those who sang that night and had the audience sing along. His choice was I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, a very uplifting moment when the audience joined in as well.

All in all it was a great night at Great Lakes, the audience got a good laugh at the jokes from Mr. Coleman. The fun included, of course, showering contestants with applause when hearing the wonderful singing styles of the different students at Great Lakes Secondary School.

     

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  • Artestis

    Fantastic night. Thanks to the teachers who brought this about, and the students who participated.