A night of moving performances by Northwood’s very own marked another successful Northwood Talent Show on Feb. 22. Aptly named “The T-Wolf Factor” after the popular television competition show “The X-Factor,” the program featured many acts ranging from vocal and instrumental covers to speed painting to dance.
Produced by the freshman class council and adviser Marina Alburger, a total of 10 acts were selected through an audition process. The hosts, junior Jahnvi Mehta and senior Jyo Jain, went back and forth with jokes and lively banter in between routines to introduce performers.
“I was completely blown away by the acts,” Jain said. “We had a great crowd out there, and it helped to make this one of the best talent shows I’ve ever seen.”
The show was judged by a panel consisting of five teachers: Isabelle Comtois, Gabrielle Camacho, Sophia Chen, Angela Bushamie and Timothy Ahn, who enjoyed seeing their students shine outside the classroom.
“This year’s show was wonderful. I thought it was very well-rounded as there were students displaying all different kinds of talents and different genres,” Bushamie, a special education teacher, said.
Junior Elijah Rhee kicked off the night with a classy rendition of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”
“I felt really good about my performance. I was a little nervous, but I was able to sing with confidence after working hard to practice it,” Rhee said.
Senior Zihan Lin’s saxophone cover of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” was another crowd favorite that had clear, solid notes soaring through the hall.
“Zihan’s act was my personal favorite since he used a soprano sax, which you don’t get to see a lot,” sophomore Lara Gursoy said. “He’s a cool person and I’m pretty proud of him for his performance.”
Many acts showcased Northwood’s abundance of vocal skill: senior Mulan Homo opted for a casual guitar and vocal performance of Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved,” and freshman Tiffany Lee sang her heart out to Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One.”
Appearing with a large easel and a small stool with paint, freshman Anjana Narasimhan began creating a large portrait on stage. Around five minutes later, she turned around to show a life-like portrait of Oprah Winfrey.
“The most difficult part about speed painting is the memorization of the face,” Narasimhan said. “Otherwise it will look nothing like what you intended.”
Before the night ended, the show brought out two special guest performers, proving that Northwood’s boundless talent doesn’t just lie in its students. English teacher Angela Allen surprised the crowd with a fun Postmodern Jukebox version of “My Heart Will Go On,” and history teacher Brendan Geck capped off the program with a stirring performance of “Wait for It” from 2015’s popular musical, “Hamilton.”
After Geck’s performance, the audience waited in anticipation as the judges determined the winners of the show. After much deliberation, Rhee was awarded third place, Lin was awarded second place and Lee was crowned winner of the night. Each of them received a small gift bag, a certificate and a bouquet of flowers from freshman class council president Shan Syed and council vice president Katie Peabody.
“This event really brought our council together as we all put our best foot forward and just had a good time,” Syed said. “Our council is so grateful we had the opportunity to help put all of this together.“