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Eagle Eye's Auburn Sings: Meet the Contestants of Season 2

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn Sings is Eagle Eye TV's singing competition show and Auburn University's first TV broadcast singing competition. Formally known as AU X Factor, the show underwent a name change and is currently filming its second season. Auditions were open for all AU students, and the top 10 contestants were chosen earlier this month. Every Thursday night, Eagle Eye TV airs a new episode at 8 p.m. on campus-channel 6.1 or on www.EagleEyeTV.com. While contestants sing their hearts out in front of a panel of honest and comical judges, the viewers' votes dictate which two contestants will be eliminated each week. Viewers can vote via Auburn Sings' Facebook page immediately after the show. This season's winner, chosen by the judging panel and viewer vote, will be earn a WEGL 91.1-produced, five-song EP album. 

 

The show debuted last spring for its first season and was brought back by popular demand. While its name has undergone a makeover, it's co-producers, Eagle Eye TV's News Director Amanda Foster and Eagle Eye TV's Programming Director Shannon Smith, are back to oversee season 2. 

MEET THE TEAM:

 


HOST:

Amanda Foster  

 


DIRECTOR:

Shannon Smith 


JUDGES:

Matt Barnes | Emily Moore


CONTESTANTS:
  1. Grace Albritton
  2. Caleb Carden
  3. Alexa Combs 
  4. Stephanie Cortner
  5. Grant Daly
  6. Brooke Higdon
  7. Caleb Hyles
  8. Garner Martin  
  9. Sarah Plantz 
  10. Evvie Walker

 

MEET THE CONTESTANTS:

 




Grace Albritton

Junior

 

Age: 20
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Major: English
Minor: Spanish

 

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?
I wanted to gain experience in a competition setting.

 

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?
AU Family, DUH!

 

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.
I love to cook and hike.

 

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be?

The Raglans, they're my boyz.


Caleb Carden

Sophomore


Age: 20
Hometown: Hueytown, Ala.
Major: Public Relations

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?

All I've ever wanted is to perform, and I feel like this is an excellent platform for me to do that. I want to gain performance experience and grow as an artist.

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?

The Auburn family spirit. Nothing beats it.

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

I can do some interesting vocal impressions of famous musicians

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be?
Lady Gaga because all of her performances are so shocking and captivating.




Alexa Combs 
Freshman 

Age: 18
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Major: Pre-Business
Minor: Spanish

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?

I thought it would be a fun opportunity to perform in front of a larger audience and great experience performing by myself. Also...why not?

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?

I love that a simple "War Eagle" establishes a bond and understanding between two people, even if they are strangers.

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

As a member of AU Singers, I had the opportunity to sing and dance to "Greased Lightning" during the halftime shows of the Georgia game and the Iron Bowl

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be?

Probably Rascal Flatts or John Mayer because I grew up listening to them and admiring their work.


Stephanie Cortner

Senior 

Age: 22

Hometown: Smiths Station, Ala.

Major: Apparel Design


Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?

To prove to myself that I still have it

What is your favorite thing about Auburn.

The people and the traditions

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

I was a competitive baton twirler in high school. I can twirl knives and fire.




Grant Daly 
Senior


Age: 22
Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
Major: Chemistry

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings? 

I like to sing and play guitar

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?

The family atmosphere

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

I'm left handed and colorblind. I am the 1%.

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be and why?

Dire Straits because Mark Knopler is my favorite guitar player


Brooke Higdon 

Age: 21
Hometown: Decatur, Ala.
Major: Psychology
Minor: Women's Studies

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?
For fun!

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?
Everything, but especially football, the tradition and the atmosphere

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.
I'm obsessed with Doctor Who!

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be?

Grace Potter




Caleb Hyles

Age: 22
Hometown: Montgomery, Ala.
Major: Radio, Television and Film

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?

I've never been in a competition, and it sounded like a ton of fun!

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?

The small-town vibe and friendly atmosphere

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

I'm a huge nerd. Video games, Anime, you name it. If something is eclectic and involves technology, I more than likely am somewhat interested in it.

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be?

Metallica because of their AMAZING music and awe-inspiring presence.


Garner Martin 
Freshman

Age: 19
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Major: Communications 
Minor: Philosophy

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?
Because it sounded fun.

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?
Football

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.
I eat a lot of food, I know everything about college football and I'm always wearing chaos.

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be?
Jimmy Buffett



Sarah Plantz 
Sophomore

Age: 20
Hometown: Brentwood, Tenn.
Major: Apparel Merchandising
Minor: Business

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?

I wanted to get back into playing guitar and singing since I haven't played since August and this seemed like a great opportunity.

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?

FOOTBALL SEASON and the school spirit.

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

I transferred to Auburn las semester from South Carolina, I've written two songs of my own, and I love to dance

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be?

BEYONCE! Because she is the one and only Queen B.


Evvie Walker 

Sophomore


Age: 20
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Political Science

Why did you decide to compete on Auburn Sings?

I've been singing my entire life and stopped once I got to college and wanted to get back into it

What is your favorite thing about Auburn?

The family atmosphere; I've made the best friends here and I wouldn't trade that for anything

Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

I used to sing the national anthem at girls varsity soccer games and then go play!

If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be?

Miley Cyrus. I know everyone thinks she's "too much," but I think she is an amazing artist and performer that is showing women that they can do whatever they want.

 


Viewers can vote here, watch the latest episode here and follow live tweets here.

Check out the first episode of season 2 here as the top 10 contestants performed for your votes! Make sure to vote for your favorite contestant on this week's episode to see them come back to sing the following week! Here's Auburn Sings Season 2 Episode 1 from Eagle Eye TV on Vimeo. Vote for your favorite here.

 


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