by ERIC GUZMAN
Offering students a special opportunity to showcase their talent, AVID presents their fourth annual talent show tonight at 7 in the auditorium.
The theme of the event is the “S Factor.” The show will consist of 20 acts, including various student talents such as singing, dancing, comedy and music. The acts are divided into five categories: bands, dance, soloists, duets and other.
“Uptown funk has a jazzy feeling to it that seems to suit the saxophone,” said junior Nick Lopez, who will perform as part of a saxophone trio. “We’ve been practicing for days in the band room, trying to perfect our performance by adding minor tweaks to the song to make it more balanced and appealing.”
The panel of judges for the talent show will consist of AVID tutors and teachers, including Carlos Avila, Linda Chu, Eric Rangel, Jasmine Rangel and Ami Szerencse.
Students will be judged based on five criteria: stage presence, technical ability, performance difficulty, creativity and crowd response. Students will receive up to 50 points for technical ability, 15 points for performance difficulty and crowd response and 10 points for stage presence and creativity.
“Everyone gets nervous, but you just have to have fun with it and have a good time,” said senior Miguel Guzman, who will perform as part of the band BRICKS. “I have to realize that I’m not doing it because I’m being forced to, but because I love doing it.”
The winner of the talent show will receive $150, with second place and third place receiving $75 and $50, respectively. In addition, there will be a people’s champion who will also receive $50. The winner of this prize will be the individual who receives the most crowd applause.
“In the past few years we have been inundated with soloist performers at the talent show,” said Hansen. “We wanted to make sure the talent show serves as a good representation of the student body, so we revamped our selection process this year to include a wider variety of acts.”
Tickets are $5 presale and $7 at the door.