Longhorns Got Talent

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Aspiring UT performers had a chance to sing, dance and recite poetry in front of a crowd of more than 1,100 students and community members Saturday.

The 11 acts ranged from a slam poet and a Chinese yo-yo artist to traditional dance groups and musical acts.

The Texas Revue Committee has hosted the University-wide talent show since 1996. About 60 groups auditioned for the show, said sociology junior Shundeez Faridifar, the committee’s public relations co-chair.

“We think these 11 are more diverse and really showcase the talent that we have here on campus,” she said.

Plan I and Spanish sophomore Eric Nikolaides and undeclared sophomore Olivia Applegate won the $1,500 award for best overall performance for their renditions of “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “My Favorite Things.”

Applegate said her group’s hybrid style of contemporary blues and soul is one that is not frequently heard.

“People can tell that we’re really passionate about the music that we’re making,” she said.

Public relations junior Sara Lasseter attended the event for the first time this year.

“They were amazing musicians, and [Applegate] just has a voice of gold,” Lasseter said

Music performance sophomore Rachell Wong won the $750 award for best technical performance for her classical violin piece.