The line outside of Spratt 101 on Nov. 20 got longer as the anticipation grew among the viewers who were soon going to see who would win The Voice of Western.
There were six finalists, two competitors per judge, and it was freshman LaShonda Jefferson whose name was called in the end.
“I was at a loss for words when they said my name. I was beyond ecstatic,” Jefferson said. “I would like to thank all of the coaches for their help and my parent’s for supporting me from back home in St. Louis.”
Gilbert Imbiri, one of the judges, was also Jefferson’s coach.
“I think LaShonda deserved to win because she gave her best performances on the finale,” Imbiri said. “I could tell she was well prepared before the performance even started. That’s why she was so comfortable on stage and very entertaining for the judges and the audience.”
Jefferson was rewarded with 1,000 dollars and named the Voice of Western for 2013. She plans to save most of the money but is also going to make sure her family has a wonderful Christmas.
The audience played a big factor during the performances. The judges could hear the excitement build behind them after every performer sang. There were quite a few voices that stood out after performer Zach Parmenter sang. He had most of the freshman football players screaming and hollering in support of him after every time he performed.
“I think I did pretty good throughout the competition. My strengths were definitely my crowd and my voice,” freshman Parmenter said. “Having all of my teammates and friends there to support was awesome, it made me feel really good to sing.”
Having support during this competition played a large role for the performers, whether it be parents and friends or most of the football team. Confidence, preparation, and support is what will help someone get through a rough competition like The Voice of Western and it could help them possibly win it.