Julius Liang and Background Dancers Win Saxon's Got Talent
South Salem had their annual talent show, Saxon’s Got Talent on May 27 during a school assembly. Over 15 acts auditioned and eight performances made it in.
In the end, Julius Liang ’16 performing “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Baby” by Barry White came in at first place with the help of his background dancers.
“It’s rather gratifying seeing all those people scream and yell so it was pretty exciting. I just had a lot of fun. I like learning new things. I used to be in a lot of academic stuff so this is definitely something different for me,” Liang said.
Liang held great gratitude to the people who helped him with his performance, his background dancers, Zari Crier ‘16 and Kevin Dong ‘16, as well as Marisa Lutz ‘16 who coached him with his singing.
“I had a really great coach, Marisa Lutz, so really, thanks to her,” Liang said.
Originally Liang almost went with another song to cover.
“I’ve always really liked Barry White, he’s a great guy, has really interesting music. He has a signature bass voice. Initially, I wanted to do Michael Jackson, but my voice was too low, so I was playing some Barry White and Zari [Crier] heard and said it was a much better fit,” Liang said.
After all the performances, the judges picked their top three acts which included Julius Liang and his act, the Cool Kids Band performing Boston’s “More than a Feeling,” and Austin Copeland performing magic tricks. The choice was then left up to the audience to decide the winner.
“It was a very enjoyable experience, definitely being able to represent River City Rockstar Academy as well as just the talent that’s represented in our student body,” Solomon Baez ‘17, the bass player for runner up Cool Kids Band, said.
Some of the contestants have been preparing for months and others just a few weeks, adding in some finishing touches.
“We started preparing for the show last week, hammered out the dance, got the whole thing down Wednesday and then memorized it on Friday,” Crier ‘16, a dancer in Julius’s act, said.
Their performance was well received with the audience as well as the judges.
“He had really a great stage presence,” Sarah Griffis, a judge at this year’s Saxon’s Got Talent, said. “The crowd loved to see him just be himself and the dancers did their thing.”