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WAB Idol 10 Wows the Crowd

April, 2015
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Voters named Grade 10 students Eric Flores-Perez and Vaibhav Malhotra champions on 10 April at the 10th annual WAB Idol.

After 12 stunning performances, audience members at Western Academy of Beijing and watching online in China texted in their votes to support their favorite performers, and the dancing duo from Grade 10 earned the WAB Idol crown.

Sporting wolf-themed t-shirts and cool hats, the boys came out and engaged the crowd on every level. Dancing together since Grade 9 and returning to WAB Idol for their second shot together, Eric and Vaibhav were in sync as they switched between slow motion, pop, and hip-hop movements – as well as some hilarious comedy – to captivate the audience from the moment they walked on stage.

wab-idol-167“We’re so grateful for the supporters we had in the audience. They really motivated us and calmed our nerves as we were performing,” they said of their performance.

And while the boys said they “were amazed” when their names were called and “it felt unreal” to win, that was not their ultimate goal.

“WAB Idol to us was less about winning and more about enjoying ourselves and being part of one of the best annual events in WAB,” Eric said. “It’s less about us performing and more about making an exciting show for everyone to join along,” Vaibhav added.

Economics teacher and CAS Coordinator Lorraine McMullen, as well as WAB Alumni Jasmine Chin and Harrison Kim – who founded WAB Idol ten years ago – served as judges for the competition. They presented the Judges Award to Beverly Tan and Emily Hong, who together performed a mesmerizing song and dance.

WAB Idol Host Brian Li is also a leader of Friday Night Lights, the group which organizes the annual talent show. Along with co-host Lois Eloy, the boys kept the crowd into the action, providing laughs, entertainment and information about the acts between each performance.

But a successful event isn’t the result of a few hours of work. Brian said that the initial planning stages offer uncertainty, but also allow for creativity and teamwork to blossom among the organizers.

“The initial planning stage holds many uncertainties in what might be created for each year’s WAB Idol. This may be scary and terrifying at first, but it allows us as a group to think of any ideas and all possibilities! The possibilities become endless and we, as the group to execute them, can choose from a plethora of awesome and exciting ideas and try them for WAB Idol! Here, we can be as creative and fun as we want to be,” he said.

This year’s event was extra special for some, as the 10th WAB Idol happened to fall on the 20th Anniversary of WAB. This year’s event had special significance because of the coinciding landmark years, and solidified WAB Idol as a lasting and beloved tradition among the WAB community.

“WAB Idol has become an integral part of the ‘WAB Experience,’” Brian said. “Throughout the years, WAB Idol has become a platform for people from all age groups and from all different backgrounds to show their talents and/or hobbies, whether it be dancing, tricks, singing, mash-ups, and more. However, it has become more than just an event; it brings together the passion and appreciation of talent with the anxiety and intensity of challenge and showcasing creativity.”

To see more from WAB Idol 10, head over to my.wab.edu/media or go to livestream.com/WABbroadcast to watch the entire show.


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