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February 19, 2013 — As an alternate, Eric Mitchell of Cheyenne was on stand-by just in case he got the call to compete in last Friday’s (Feb. 15) University of Wyoming Idol competition.
When one of the five finalists called in sick, Mitchell literally was called in during the 11th hour to compete against the other four contestants in front of a College of Arts and Sciences auditorium audience.
The judges were impressed enough with Mitchell’s version of Psy’s "Gangnam Style" and a rendition of "Mad World" by Gary Jules to award him the $1,000 first-place UW Idol prize. He also pocketed an additional $100 for taking the Audience Choice award.
To cap off his winning night, Mitchell will have the opportunity to sing with Nota, the a cappella group, Friday, Feb. 22. Nota, the Puerto Rican six-man group, will perform as part of the spring UW Cultural Series program.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. Tickets cost $24 for the public and $20 for students and senior citizens. UW students with valid IDs will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the Wyoming Union information desk, the Fine Arts box office and online at http://uwyo.edu/finearts.
Alison Ricard of Laramie placed second in the UW Idol finals. She won $500 for singing Sara Bareilles’ "Gravity" and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Riverton’s Jeremy Gross won the $300 third-place prize for his performances of “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers and “Without You” by David Guetta and Usher.
Friday Night Fever, a program in the UW Campus Activities Center office, sponsored UW Idol.