Story by Andrew Bridges
Forget Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. Missouri Valley has its own idol winner Megan Weathers, a junior music major, who won the grand prize of $100 and the riches and spoils of being a celebrity on campus. Weathers won the Valley Idol competition on Monday, Oct. 15, by singing “Super Woman” by Alicia Keys and “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.
After the announcement that she won, Weathers spoke about her song choice. “I wanted to sing a noble song.” Megan said, “I got nervous before I sang but when I was on stage I just let go.”
Weathers shared the stage with Raymond Banks, Natalie Cotto-Garcia, Ashley Llorens, and Jenna Roller.
Natalie Cotto-Garcia, a senior elementary education major, chose to sing “Beautiful Woman” by Christina Aguilera and “Before he Cheats” by Carrie Underwood because they fit her voice the best. “I have been singing for 20 years,” Cotto-Garcia said. That experience helped make her feel right at home on the stage in front of her peers.
Although Raymond Banks did not win, he still was a crowd-pleaser, confessing that he is looking for a girl which fit his song “It Girl” by Jason Derulo. “I love to sing from the heart and love to be the center of attention,” Banks said. Having a church background, Banks chose “I love you, Jesus,” a church hymn from his childhood. Banks said, “If the people are moved, that moves me.”
Much like “American Idol” on TV, “Valley Idol” also consisted of three judges who scored Megan 26 out of 30 with both of her songs. But the Valley students who packed the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre had the last say in the matter of who won.