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Candidates vie for students' votes through dance, bash video
The annual king pageant allowed the five senior nominees to display their prowess in the areas of dancing, bashing and flirting, Oct. 14. Held in Ground Zero, the performance pitted the candidates against each other, as they had to compete for students' votes.
As the lights darken, the few whoops and shouts of the crowd begin to build until they culminate into a cheering that is almost deafening. Through the darkness, movement can be seen, and, in an instant, blinding lights flash on, revealing the five homecoming king candidates of 2012 in athletic attire and brightly-colored socks.
These kind of eccentric activities would be odd for a normal school day, but, for the annual king pageant, this is ordinary and expected by the student body. Showcasing the senior candidates' aptitude in areas like dancing, bashing and flirting, this long-awaited occasion took place in Ground Zero after classes concluded on a rally schedule, Oct. 14.
Beginning with "All of the Lights" by Kanye West, the traditional king dance opened the pageant, as each nominee slid onto center stage. In time, the candidates advanced to their own song and dance-solo: Trevor York with "Feeling Good," by Michael Bublé; Tyler Krigbaum with "It's Raining Men," by The Weather Girls; Brady Lee with Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger; Josh Hopper with "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," by Usher; and Jeff Roseth with "Shawty Get Loose" by Lil' Mamma. In addition to this, several other group numbers were displayed, featuring a musical selection that included "Baby," by Justin Bieber, "Thriller," by Michael Jackson and "Party Rock Anthem," by LMFAO, among others.
Alumna Bree Ainley, '11,, who provided assistance choreographing for the dance, only spent a few days working everything out. The rest, she says, came from the guys.
"All the boys kind of practiced by themselves; I kind of just told them what to do and they did it," Ainley said. "A lot of it had to do with them practicing on their own, so I'm really proud of them. The boys really put on an A-plus show."
"I think dancing was the best part because we all practiced so much for it -- like hours and hours every night. It went by really fast, but it was so much fun dancing out there with the crowd, the applause and the intensity." --Trevor York, '12
After watching the dance for four years, Roseth said that, though nervous at first, the experience proved to be a memorable one for him.
"The dance is unforgettable, and you only do it once a year, so it's something that everybody looks forward to," Roseth said. "It's just a great experience dancing in front of all these people. I was [nervous], but it was like those nerves you get before a big game, but you get into it then it's great."
Some songs required props and costume changes in addition to routine. In a rendition of the iconic scene from the 1983 film, Risky Business, Lee glided onto the stage in boxers and a dress shirt, microphone in hand. He then proceeded to strum along to a solo on a Rock Band guitar.
"I wanted my dance to be different then how I usually am," Lee said. "I wanted it to be fun and crazy and like an old, home video where you're just dancing around and having a good time. There were a lot of moves that I could do with the song I picked, so that's why I chose it."
Following their routines, the kings were guided through a challenge -- during which they were given two minutes to draw a portrait of their queen -- and questions. This all ultimately led up to the king bash video, a classic piece where candidates answer inquires about their fellow nominees.
As a part of the pageant, kings are paired up with their queens and allowed one try at winning over their counterpart. After the event, a secret ballot was handed out, the winner of which will be announced at half-time of the homecoming game, Oct. 14.
"I've always wondered if I was asked the bash questions what I would say," York said. "You think you'd have so much fun and you'd make some serious jokes, but then, when you're actually asked the questions, you like the guys, so you don't want to tear them down too much. But either way it was a lot of fun and I was not insulted by it; it's all fun and games and I know it's not really serious."
After the video, the kings were sent back on stage with their queens, this time for pick-up lines -- a long-established installment of the king pageant. Each candidate was given one shot to capture their queen's attention.
It was at this time that a secret ballot was distributed, as, after all, the king pageant is partially geared towards catching student attention in order for candidates to garner votes. The event concluded with this action.
"I thought it [the pageant] was awesome; it was funny and it was real," junior Rachel Quiring said. "This pageant changed my opinion of who I was going to vote for. More than in past years, each boy showed their own personality in it."
Though this marks the contestants' last king pageant, many saw it as one of the most notable of their high school experiences.
"I think dancing was the best part because we all practiced so much for it -- like hours and hours every night," York said. "It went by really fast, but it was so much fun dancing out there with the crowd, the applause and the intensity and it was fun feeding off all that. It's definitely something I will remember as one of the highlights of high school."
The 27th annual homecoming event will take place on the North Field at 6:45 p.m. Floats will be on display throughout the evening. The homecoming king, queen and princesses will be announced during half-time.
For more information about homecoming, read the Oct. 13 article, Princess nominees endure nauseous challenges (VIDEO) or the Oct. 11 article, Eccentric pageant ignites queen rivalry (VIDEO).