Western Activity Council’s annual Western’s Got Talent show featured a variety of performances and was won by spoken word artist Zoie Reynolds.
In Spratt 101, 10 acts performed on Wednesday, April 4. From singing to dancing and comedy to poetry, the contestants performed in front of a panel of three judges who decided on the top three performers of the night.
Missouri Western student and singer Dianah Hidzir took third plance. Second place went to singer and performer Na’Ryan Reed.
Host and Western sophomore Trasean Stepne announced the acts for the show and announced the winners at the end and says that all of the acts performed well.
“All the acts were very creative,” Stepne said. “They were very interactive with the crowd and I feel like everyone enjoyed it.”
Stepne says that the contestants were most impacted by the show.
“I would actually say the contestants [were most impacted] because some of them haven’t really performed here on campus before, and it was a great way for them to show their faces to the community here at the university and just have a good time,” Stepne said.
Reed says that while finishing second is an accomplishment, it gives her a goal to reach for next year’s show.
“It feels good,” Reed said. “I’m just happy I was able to do it and show my talent. Second place just lets me know I can still fix and do certain things to adjust myself to win first next time.”
Reed also provided her opinion on her performance and explained what she believed could have been different.
“I’m not going to lie, I don’t think I did my best, just because I don’t feel good,” Reed said. “But I knew with me being so busy and working too, I didn’t have time to get it how I want it. But what you practice is what you perform so it’s okay. I’m grateful for everything.”
The winner of the show was a student who has never performed on stage in her lifetime. Western student Reynolds won the big prize of $100 for her performance.
“I practiced a lot,” Reynolds. “Multiple times a day, and just made sure I had it down perfect.”
Reynolds says that from her perspective the performance felt good even though it had a few mistakes.
“I think I messed up maybe once or twice, but for the most part I performed it how I practiced it, so I was very happy about that,” said Reynolds. “I was glad that I got reactions from the crowd, so I knew it resonated.”
Reynolds says that winning the talent show proves that poetry is still relevant today.
“I was extremely shocked because I really thought at best I’d get third,” said Reynolds. “It made me happy and proud of poetry because a lot of people say it’s dead, but this kind of shows that it’s very much alive.”
Western’s Got Talent is held annually and is open to all students.