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Suffolk Chooses Its Idol

Dylan Santos, a freshman at Suffolk, took 1st place in the 3rd annual Suffolk Idol

Dylan Santos, a freshman at Suffolk, took 1st place in the 3rd annual Suffolk Idol

Freshman Dylan Santos will represent Suffolk University in the spotlights of TD Garden. Wednesday evening, three judges chose her as winner of the university’s “Suffolk Idol” contest. By winning the competition, Dylan will get to perform the National Anthem before the Celtics-Wizards game on April 7th.

Students braved a bitter 10 degree evening when they made their way to the Modern Theater for the third edition of Suffolk Idol, organized by the Performing Arts Office.

“Land of the freezing!” a student joked while entering the theater. Suffolk University’s own rock band ‘Rhythm’ was there to warm up the audience before the contestants took to the podium.

Each of the six contestants, all girls, had the chance to perform one song. The judges would choose four of them to enter the finale. The judges consisted of a student (Samienta Pierre-Vil, President of Suffolk Student Government Association), a faculty member (Vicki Karns, Professor in the Communication & Journalism Department), and a staff member (Dave DeAngelis, Diector of the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement). The panel took several intermissions before they could decide who would be this year’s Idol.

The girls who auditioned could understand: The competition was tough. Luke, band member of ‘Rhythm’, stated that the competition was dramatically better than he thought it would be.

Strong voices are necessary as “The Star-Spangled Banner” is known to be a very difficult song to perform. Where most popular songs require less than an octave of vocal range, the National Anthem spreads over a full octave and a half.

“…You need guts to do it,” says Luke. Judge Karns agrees: “It is horribly hard to sing.”

Winner Dylan, however, is no stranger to the anthem. “It’s my favorite song!” she stated. “I would just sing it in the shower when I was seven.” She claims to have performed it several times at her high school’s sports games.

Dylan, who is a member of Suffolk’s a capella group ‘the Ramifications’, named it one of her goals for college to sing the anthem at a professional sport game. And although Dylan is a big fan of the Celtics, she jokes that performing at a Red Sox game would be even more amazing to her. “I’m moving my way up to Fenway.”

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