California Lutheran University commuters, residents and resident assistants will give Ashlee Simpson a run for her money in the first-ever Lip Syncing Competition in Grace Hall.
On Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., Grace Hall RAs will host the competition and although this event will take place in Grace and is put on by the RAs of Grace, commuters or residents of any hall are welcome to participate or enjoy the performances.
The event will feature individuals or groups of up to five who will mimic a song of their choosing to be evaluated by three judges. Participants are allowed to add props and are more than welcome to dance and get into the groove of their song, according to junior Andrew Atakpo, an RA in Grace.
The top three performances will be given a prize, Atakpo said. First place will receive a $50 gift card, second place a $25 gift card and third place a $10 gift card, all to the location of the winner’s choice.
Sign ups for the competition are open until Nov. 5 and are located on all of the doors of the Grace RAs and the Kramer RA. Although the RAs don’t have a specific number of people they are expecting, they are hoping to get students from around campus to come out, even if it’s just to watch others participate.
There are posters located around Grace Hall, but the majority of the advertising for the event is by word of mouth. There are already about six people/groups signed up and the RAs are hoping for quite a few more, Atakpo said.
“I think the lip syncing [competition] will be fun for people. It’s an opportunity for people to let loose and just have a good time,” said Courtney Brenk, a senior living in Grace.
Maya Alvarado, a junior RA in Grace, came up with the idea for the competition when she was watching a lip sync battle on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show.”
“After watching how silly things could get, I thought it could be a fun program idea. I personally am terrified of singing in front of people, but this is something even I could do because it does not require you to have musical talent,” Alvarado said.
Alvarado explained that the rules are pretty simple. Performers must bring their own music on a phone, computer or iPod, the songs have to be appropriate and no longer than four minutes and performers must be respectful to other participants. Participants will be judged based on “components like originality, creativity, commitment, etc,” Alvarado said.
Although this is a first time event, the RAs are hoping that if successful, it will become a yearly event for all students, according to Alvarado. To get inspired, check out the “Lip Sync Battle with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Stephen Merchant and Jimmy Fallon” video on YouTube. For any questions or concerns, contact any of the Grace RAs.
Published Nov. 6, 2013