Vocal Performance major owns the stage at this year’s GSU Idol

Ashley Jones

This year’s GSU idol was one for the books, as the singing match featured a variety of talented students with an appreciable taste in 90’s music.

Senior Vocal Performance major Keandria “Key” Hayes took home the trophy for GSU idol Monday night. Hayes, along with 12 other contestants, competed in this year’s competition.

This year’s host was a very well known Instagram celebrity, Sam Whiteout. Whiteout is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and is known for the popular “Nupe Shimmy”. The public figure has been featured on watchtheyard.com and worldstarhiphop.com.

While the performers were backstage preparing, host Sam Whiteout kept the crowd entertained with prizes, dancing and an abundance of knee slappers. DJ Insomnia made sure to keep the 90’s vibe in the program by playing only throwbacks.

About Hayes

The tournament consisted of three rounds. After each round, several contestants were eliminated until two were left for the ultimate sing off. Hayes stole the show with her rendition of “Gotta Be” by Des’ree.

“I was thinking it was my time. The campus has not really heard me sing as much as I should sing because of my major,” Hayes said. “I’m used to singing classical and I try to put contemporary within our department, but it doesn’t work as well, so why not take a step out there on that olive branch and try out?”

Hayes left her mark on the stage with not only her voice, but also with with her attention grabbing wardrobe.

Her first ensemble featured a mid-length dress covered in champagne colored sparkles. After Hayes passed through to the second round, she made her second debut in a long sleeve white fur coat and casually won the competition in a tye-dye t-shirt and blue jeans.

GSU Idol was sponsored by Eagle Dining Services, Insomnia Cookies, Eagles for Eagles and The Clubhouse. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Eagles for Eagles, a campus organization that gives students the opportunity to donate to other students.