The Ohio Union Activities Board will host “Buck’s Got Talent” – a musical talent show that will serve as the audition for the opening act of the OUAB Spring Concert.
“Buck’s Got Talent” will take place Monday at the Ohio Union’s Performance Hall from 7 to 9 p.m., said Cam Shahrooz, a third-year mechanical engineering student and OUAB member. He said the organization drew inspiration for “Buck’s Got Talent” from the hit talent show “American Idol,” as well as past OUAB events such as karaoke nights and Battle of the Bands. .
Students will be able to attend the event and vote for the winner they think is the best fit for the spring concert, Shahrooz said. The show’s headliner has yet to be announced.
He said six different student bands and musicians — such as Lost in the Moment and Cellar Dwellar, according to OUAB instagram – will perform at the event and were chosen from 21 applicants who sent applications to OUAB by February 15.
“There’s a lot of talent here at Ohio State with music and a lot of incredibly talented musicians and artists who might not have the exposure they want or the platform to show their music,” said Shahrooz.
The six contestants will each introduce their musical act and perform a 10-minute set, Shahrooz said. After each set, student judges will give commentary, similar to shows such as “The Voice” or “American Idol.” Then, viewers will be able to vote for their favorite acts through a QR code projected onto a large screen, he said.
Shahrooz said the OUAB wanted to give members of the public the opportunity to vote on each act and decide who would win, as members of the Ohio State community will also be the ones attending the spring concert.
“We wouldn’t be able to run this event without the students, and that’s the main priority we have in all of our great talent events,” Shahrooz said.
Tonya Dawson, OUAB Advisor and Associate Director of Campus Events, said that over the past year the organization has done its best to provide a variety of creative events for students.
“As we have in-person events again, I think it’s really exciting to see some of these elements come to life because some students haven’t seen any in-person events,” Dawson said.
Shahrooz said OUAB has always focused on events that students can actively participate in and said the organization hopes to return to a consistent calendar of events.
“This will be the first major event where OUAB can showcase student talent and allow the student public to participate in the event,” Shahrooz said.
Shahrooz said OUAB aims to make it clear with this event that students can discover talented musical acts without venturing off campus.
“We really want to encourage students to show their talent and not be afraid and not come out on top,” Shahrooz said.
Dawson said the main takeaway from “Buck’s Got Talent” should be the importance of events that allow students to connect and have a good time.
“Music is something that connects people regardless of your language or culture, so events like this are really exciting because it empowers people to do that,” Dawson said.
“Buck’s Got Talent” is free and ticketless, but a valid BuckID is required for entry on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and snacks and refreshments will be available, depending on the OUAB event page.