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The Blue & Gray Press | August 25, 2019

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Karaoke Night lacks turnout


Every Thursday the Underground hosts Karaoke Night at 8 p.m, but despite advertisements, Karaoke Night is one of the least attended events held during the week.
Karaoke Night is a time for students to enjoy a healthy meal and have a great time. Whether participants are singing or watching others perform, there is no way to mess up at Karaoke Night.
“Karaoke was really fun; funner than I expected. The atmosphere was really inviting,” said sophomore Eniola Afolayan.
“A lot of people do not come and the few that do [come] do not participate because we do not want others to judge us,” Afolayan said. Few students attend Karaoke Night out of fear that others may laugh at them, and do not look at it as just a fun thing to do on a Thursday night, according to Afolayan.
In order to keep their fellow students entertained, the Karaoke Committee started Thursday night’s event off by singing some of the greatest hits on their song list. The opening act included a member of the committee singing “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations, to demonstrate to the audience that singing skills are not needed to put on a performance and have a good time.
As the night went on, more committee members took turns singing karaoke and reminded potential participants of prizes ranging from blenders to Washington Redskins paraphernalia. Talent is not something required when thinking about getting on stage. Participants are not even required to know the words to the song.
Toward the end of the evening, several members of the women’s lacrosse team sang along with Katy Perry and Ke$ha songs.
At the end of the night, the participants and audience seemed to have enjoyed karaoke, regardless of whether they planned on going or just experienced it while getting food. The Karaoke Committee helped a lot with getting the night started and encouraging fellow students to throw off their hesitation and release their vocals.