Marquette gets ready to crown its next superstar

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“It was like bad wedding singing.”

“It was like bad karaoke.”

“It was a complete and utter mess.”

Hopefully we won’t be hearing this tonight.

Those better suited for singing in the shower have been weeded out of the competition, and Marquette Superstar is down to its final four contestants.

They will perform duets in the season finale taped tonight in the Alumni Memorial Union Ballrooms. Freshmen Brian Moore and Ellen Kingsbury will sing together, as well as senior duo James Molnar and Kristine McGinley.

According to judge Becky Simo, a College of Communication senior, she will be performing a song along with judges Luke Patton and Greg Shutters, College of Communication seniors, to add excitement (and longevity) to the show.

Last year’s winner, Tommy Moore, will be performing as well. The top two contestants will be revealed and each will perform a solo song before the ultimate winner, this year’s Marquette Superstar, is announced. Here’s a quick look at the final four contestants to get an idea of what to expect tonight.

Kingsbury is the only contestant that is not in the College of Communication. Tonight she’ll be singing “Gravity” by one of her favorite artists, Sara Bareilles.

“I’m excited to be singing in front of a live audience,” she said. “Honestly, I didn’t think I would make it past round two, but it feels very exciting to know that I’m a part of the top four.”

Moore said that he had no idea how long he would last in the competition, and every week he’s been surprised to stick around. But, he said, “I’m glad I am here, and I think every week gets progressively better and more fun.” He said he hopes the live audience tonight will fuel his energy to have a good performance.

“If I win, I will let the world know that I am a ‘Marquette Superstar’, and I don’t think many people can say that,” he said.

McGinley said she loves performing live and getting audience feedback instantly.

“I actually think I’ll be less nervous than when we filmed in the studio,” she said. If she wins, she said she’ll use her new found celebrity status to champion for world peace.

Last year, Molnar didn’t make it past the audition round, but this year he’s made it to the top four. He said he’s excited to have come this far and can’t wait to perform in front of the live audience tonight.

“If I win, it will be a testament to my hard work and all those years I sang in choirs and musicals,” Molnar said. “And, I’m going to Disney World!”

The season finale of Marquette Superstar tapes tonight at 7 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms and airs live on Channel 99 MUTV.,”Sara J. Martinez”