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I-Cover, an event put on by BYU-I Talent Activities, happened this past weekend on March 3. This event happened in the Hart Auditorium and was a hit with a lot of people there to support the 13 BYU-I bands.
Maddy Collier, the manager of I-Cover, has been working with talent activities for over a year now. She said, “I-Cover was awesome. I was nervous before the show started that something would go wrong, but it turned out that everything went smooth. The lights, sound, bands and energy were amazing!” Collier added, “My biggest goal was that everyone would have a lot of fun, from the performers, to the audience. It seemed like they did!”[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”4175″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][vc_column_text]Bands auditioned several weeks before the show and rehearsed until the show night to put on a great concert. McKenna Thomas, a BYU-I student, said she came because she was looking for something to do on Friday and heard great reviews about I-Cover in the past. Thomas said, “The bands were good, and it was nice to see everyone go out there and see them do what they love.”
From rock bands to bluegrass, there was a lot of different type of talent for everyone to enjoy. Collier said, “It was great that we had a lot of varied bands audition on their own. During auditions, I was so happy to see people come in who were playing things from One Direction to the Killers, to Mumford & Sons to Pentatonix.”
The lead singer of the band Juana’s Brothers put the group together because he wanted to live out his lifelong dream of being in a boyband.
Ben Sessions played the mandolin in the bluegrass band, This Must Be Us. Sessions said his band performed because, “It’s fun to get out there!” Sessions added, “It’s fun when we work together, and we want to share it. Someone else had fun because we shared it and that’s cool.” He’s been playing guitar since he was seven, but two and a half years ago he picked up the mandolin. “It was hard at first, but once I got the hang of it was really cool,” Sessions stated.
Millennial Tenors slowed down the mood a little bit. The band did a mashup of “Say Something,” by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera and followed up with, “In the Arms of an Angel” by Sarah McLachlan. The lead singer took to the stage and did a shout out to her friend, Amy, who went through a hard time last week. With this in mind, the whole room was able to feel the emotion the band had.
Some bands encouraged audience participation. There were two bands that taught the audience ways to take part during the song by singing or dancing.[/vc_column_text][image_with_animation image_url=”4174″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][vc_column_text]After the last band, The InBetween performed “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers, and the audience wanted more. They started chanting “Encore! Encore! Encore!” The InBetween was able to go back out and perform “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World. The crowd went wild.
Collier said the whole show was her most memorable moment. “From the songs that got everyone excited, to the finale when the audience wanted one more song. Also, inviting all the bands and committee members up on the stage and seeing them smile with the feeling of accomplishment,” she says.
The winner of the show was The InBetween with their cover of “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers. Second place was the Millennial Tenors with their mashup of “Say Something” and “In the Arms of an Angel,” and third place was Juana’s Brothers covering “Steal My Girl” by One Direction.
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