Waukee Northwest’s vocals murdered me. I am dead. And that was just through the live stream. I can’t imagine being there in person especially at the end of the ballad. Some of the most mature and rich vocals maybe ever. I just CANNOT. That was stunning. WNW seems to be the choir in Iowa that will set the bar for new innovation each year. And they’re only a couple years old as a school. Just amazing.
Y’all. Centennial’s concept is Love Island. And being a super fan of this exact trash reality tv show, I could not have been more excited. They even have three couples that the “public” aka audience can vote for to declare a winner. They put a number up and you can literally text it and vote for which couple you want to win. I voted for couple #2 and they won (note: I watched via live stream so no I didn’t pull out my phone in the gym)! Now I’m not sure if they actually end their show based on actual votes from that specific time or if a certain couple always wins and its planned beforehand - but either way, it was AMAZING and I was LIVING for it.
Someone from Centennial needs to give some details. Does the live vote dictate who wins? Or is the winner picked before the performance so the couples know where they will end up blocked at the end? Either way I LOVED it.
I also want to take a moment to talk about Urbandale Studio. Their show is allll Iowa. Well, Field of Dreams baseball (Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa) and Iowa . They have corn set pieces. The girls wear baseball uniforms ala A League of Their Own. There are a couple guys actually “having a catch” on stage with a baseball. The boys wear cowboy hats and sing the timeless classic “she thinks my tractors sexy”. The show is perfect and I loved it.
I watched both of their shows on YouTube and I going to have to disagree. I think that Eos will sweep Spectum. That being said, it is early in the season and both shows are great. And Spectrum's story/theme is easier to understand than Eos' is. I just think Eos is a step above spectrum this year, which is huge considering they have only been around for 1 year prior to this year.
I agree, I think that this will be a close call between Eos, Spectrum, and Studio. It’s interesting because they all have very different styles. Eos has a very Avant-Garde show, Urbandale’s show is very funny while Ankeny has more of a storyline. Iowa is so talented and competitive I don’t think it’s possible to predict a winner, but I would guess that Eos will take BV and Studio will take BC.
I’ll drop a prediction here. I think this one is going to be close, Eos took best Vocals off of Linn-Mar and Ankeny Centennial won without the Visual caption this past weekend. Studio was second in the prelims in Waukee to Valley. Clearly Iowa is very competitive this year. With that in mind I’ll predict something weird.
I think Ankeny Cent Eternal Rush, Norwalk, or Waukee NW Aurora will nab the last 2 finals spots. Think it’s interesting that the conversation around this comp hasn’t included CR Kennedy as well - they placed very well at a stacked Ankeny Centennial competition. Unbelievably excited for this one this weekend and I think any of the top 4 I predicted here could win the competition.