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BCIS IDOL Roars Into History

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BCIS IDOL Roars into History

On October 27, the 2016 edition of BCIS Idol took place at the Theatre to a roaring and highly enthusiastic crowd. The excitement of both the performers and the large turnout was tangible, indicating another successful evening went down in the annals of music history. Every time the lights dimmed low, the audience waited anxiously to see and hear what the next performers prepared. This year’s very diverse lineup included an amazing jump rope team that everyone had to see to truly believe; a beautiful piano recital; a delicate, yet strong ballerina that spread her wings as a swan does; various dance acts that certainly wowed the viewers; the gothic metal stylings of Pajama Llama; and the purveyors of the new genre “Bad Core,” Death Noodle. One can say pretty much everything under the sun was seen at this year’s show. Although one main act was crowned the evening’s winner (“Mashup”), we would like to mention that anyone who took the stage deserves much recognition and praise for their bravery and talent.

Please read on for various interesting interviews conducted in the “green room” with some of the evening’s performers.


Death Noodle’s Finn Todd, Grade 11

Interviewer: Please tell me who you are.

Finn: My name is Finn Todd and I’m in the band Death Noodle. The song we’re going to play today is “I Cook Noodles with My Face in the United States.”

Interviewer: That is great. Could you please tell me more about your performance tonight?

Finn: We’re trying to bring a new genre to this world called, “Bad Core.” We invented it. It’s when musicians who don’t know how to play music try and play music.

Interviewer: That sounds interesting! Could you please tell us what was an impressive behind-the-scenes story?

Finn: Probably, the most impressive behind-the-scenes story is the fact that we created our song, rehearsed it, and perfected it in 42 minutes in total. There were two minutes before our initial audition, where we said, “Ok. We’re going to play 12-bar blues for a bit and then play a song about Alisher. We’ll have Val play this, Milos play this, and I’ll play this bass line. That only took two minutes to prepare. We went through that once. We auditioned and somehow got in, and then we rehearsed for 40 minutes in the student study lounge the day of Idol. Everything was done on the spot, lyrics included.

Interviewer: Wow! Great! Well, do you have any advice for future Idol contestants?

Finn: It depends what you want to do. If you want to win, you get a full band with a drummer, a bass player, a guitar player, preferably a keyboardist, and a good singer, and sing a song that everyone will like with conviction, and you will win. If you want to have fun, do whatever you want, whatever you think makes you laugh.


Members of Hex, Grade 12 Tony Zhang and Grade 11 Jerry Liu

Interviewer: Who are you?

Jerry: I’m Jerry Liu from Grade 11.

Tony: I’m Tony Zhang from Grade 12.

Jerry: And we’re from the band Hex.

Interviewer: Where did you come up with the name “Hex?”

Jerry: We started this band with several people. However, some of the members left the school, but some new members joined us. Currently, we have about eight people. We decided to keep the name because it sounds cool.

Interviewer: Did you participate in Idol before?

Tony: Every single year.

Interviewer: So for four years for you Tony. How about you Jerry?

Jerry: I came here last year. So only twice.

Interviewer: So you guys are veterans? So why are you starting out the show? Shouldn’t you be headliners?

Jerry: Because they heard us, and we were the loudest. So they decided if they put us in the front, it would make the audience energetic and excited for the show that comes afterwards.

Interviewer: Could you please tell us what you are able to get from Idol?

Jerry: I think the most important thing is to stand up there and perform. And we prepared a lot for it. For me personally, I think it’s really good just to perform. I take Idol pretty much like any other musical performance just as serious.


Pajama Llama’s Helen Hong, Grade 12

Interviewer: Who are you?

Helen: I’m Helen. I’m in Grade 12. I’ve got two acts tonight. The first one I just finished. It was with two of my friends in the same grade, and we played a Chinese song. Just an acoustic guitar and them singing. It was pretty good. And I’ve got one more with Tony (Zhang), which is a gothic metallish.

Interviewer: That’s a big contrast. Chinese folk music and then goth metal.

Helen: I can pretty much handle all types of music. All genres are cool.

Interviewer: Did you participate in Idol before, or is this your first time?

Helen: This is my second time. Last year, I played in a band with the graduates from last year. We were called August 35. They won the Idol the year before I joined. And then we were just asked to do an encore kind of thing last year.

Interviewer: So what motivated you to join this time around?

Helen: It’s my senior year here. So, last year, so you want to try to go out and do everything. And it would be cool just for a memory my friends and I will look back on after we graduate. We’ll say, “Remember that time we played at Idol?” It’s just definitely a great experience and I really, although I’m not going into music, but I really do enjoy playing. So I was like, why not just give it a shot? I don’t really care that much if we win or not because it’s just the experience that matters.


MKE-aqd’s Alice Du and Mia Eddington, Grade 7­

Interviewer: Who are you?

Alice: I’m Alice.

Mia: And I’m Mia.

Mia: We’re in Grade 7.

Interviewer: Did you participate in Idol before?

Alice and Mia: Nope!

Mia: She has performed before, but this is my first time performing in general. So one of us is an experienced musician. And then we have me, not experienced.

Interviewer: So what motivated you to take part in Idol this year?

Mia: We’ve been singing and rapping together for a year now. So we thought, “We’ve practiced for so long. Why not put it to use because we can’t keep hiding this awesome talent.

Interviewer: Can you please tell us what are the differences between the music programs at the ES and SS?

Mia: So in the ES Music Program, everyone is doing the same thing. You’re not learning as many new things [as the SS program] every year. But once you get to the SS, you’re exploring more different forms of music, with the guitar, piano, and so on. For the ES program, you’re doing more of the same thing throughout the year, such as singing or playing the xylophone.

Interviewer: Ok. And how has Idol influenced you?

Mia: For me, it’s given me confidence with my musical talents. I feel like now I can actually do more and go further in the musical world than I would of before because I have stage fright.


And here are some words from two of the judges at this year’s wonderful event.


CAS Coordinator Pamela Smith

It takes confidence to be able to get on stage in front of their peers, teachers, and parents. Students are able to showcase their talents and celebrate with their peers. Events like BCIS idol promote school spirit and help to foster a positive school climate.

Secondary School Deputy Principal Stuart Mcdonald

I was very excited and honored to be a part of BCIS Idol this year. I found out about Idol before I was hired and knew that it was a big deal. People told me to expect great talent, but I wasn’t prepared for the high quality and energetic acts that I saw. I was blown away!

I love that it is open to many ages and ability levels.  The diverse nature of the talent makes the show fun and interesting. The judging aspect is intended to reflect the competition of the TV show and adds an element of suspense. I hope the contestants and audience can appreciate that choosing a single act out of the many different genres is an impossible task.  How can rock-and-roll compete with classical piano? How can hip-hop compete with ballet? All of the performers worked hard to entertain the audience and deserve our applause and appreciation.


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