Cyclone Voice Finalists announced: Jesse McCartney to host Finals

Cyclone Voice finals will be held at 8 p.m. April 14 in the Great Hall (Memorial Union). Jesse McCartney will also be both emceeing the Finals as well as performing some of his own music. The event is free and open to the public.

Mike Burvee

Monday night’s Cyclone Voice preliminary round featured karaoke versions of popular songs such as “When I was your Man” by Bruno Mars and “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. Some of the performers chose to be their own accompanist, mainly acoustic songs, while others just sang the lyrics to their songs background music.

The event coordinator, Hayly Smith thought that this year’s prelim round was as good as expected.

“I thought the Cyclone Voice Prelims went great. We had a lot of talented singers participating in the event and our judges were awesome. I’m excited to see the finalists perform again at finals,” Smith said.

Many contestants entered in the prelims and only a few remain. Below is the list of the performers who advanced to the Cyclone Voice Finals:

Miranda Merryfield 

Emmy Cuvelier

Kimberly Woo

Maddie Moen

Leo Helm

Benito Kayenge

Nick Pigott

Jay Peasley

Kayli Nartatez

Marlon Berkhalter

Jessie Heintz

Sydney Houde

Hannah Bird

Sydney Allen

Here is a clip of some of the preliminary performances, featuring Bethany Russell (“When I Was Your Man”), Jenny Long (“Valerie”) and Sydney Houde (“Girl Crush”).

The Finals will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Great Hall (Memorial Union).

In addition to the entertainment by the remaining contestants, Jesse McCartney will also be emceeing the event. McCartney will also be performing some of his music after the Finalists have performed.

The finals are also free and open to the public.

Crowd reaction is part of the judging criteria for who is deemed to have the best Cyclone Voice, so students and attendees are encouraged to cheer loudly for their favorite vocalist. 

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