Knowing lyrics leads to cash prizes
April 18, 2011 —
A long to-do list greets students each school year: Finish your homework. Finish your taxes. Finish the ... lyrics?
As the last in a series of three musical game show events hosted by Student Association, “Finish The Lyrics” gave representatives ideas for future events.
Last week, students won over $200 in cash prizes at the SA version of the television game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.”
The event last Wednesday brought a group of would-be singers to the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.
As part of this series brought to campus by SA, previous events included SVSU’s version of “Family Feud” and “Minute to Win It.”
Marcus Cooper, Campus Events coordinator for SA, said that these events are experiments for next year.
“These are test events,” he said. “We hope to replace them with one extravagant game show.”
Although experiencing technical difficulties at the beginning, seven students walked away with prizes between $25 and $50. Students could choose from seven categories and songs to perform. They included: “mystery,” “rap,” “pop 1,” “pop 3,” “classic-oldies-rock,” “pop-r&b” and “classic-r&b.”
The only rule was that contestants had one chance to correctly sing the lyrics as the song played. The lyrics were projected on a screen so participants could follow along before they had to fill in the lyric blanks.
Of the seven songs, only two were performed more than once during the event. Under the “pop 3” category, the song “Firework” by Katy Perry was performed four times before a contestant sang all of the lyrics correctly.
Audience member Jillian Elmhirst, a medical lab sciences freshman, said that she was anxious waiting for Cooper to call participants to the stage.
“I was frustrated that I didn’t get a chance to go up there, but it was still fun,” Elmhirst said.
It also took audience members four attempts before someone successfully sang “Friday” by Rebecca Black in the mystery category. The winner was Chamari Alexander, a nursing freshman.
“I can’t believe everyone kept getting it wrong,” Elmhirst said.
Five songs were successfully performed on their first attempt, including “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly, and “Whatcha Say” by Bruno Mars.
“The contestants really make the show, especially the ones who didn’t want to go up there,” Cooper said.
With two weeks left in the semester, Cooper said that SA was in the process of planning next year’s schedule of events.
“Look out for next year,” he said.