Donna AbouNasr Editor-In-Chief, The Pawprint
DAA’s 20th Genie awards show was on Thursday (February 13), featuring a senior skit and a talent competition with acts by students from 9th to 12th grade.
First of all, the skit portrayed a competition between some senior high school students where they had to go through different stages of the competition. In the end, the final winner was left to an audience vote which some say was rigged. Audience member Freddy Beck said, “It was amazing. I really liked Samantha’s part. Samantha’s part was top notch.”
Throughout the events in the skit, there were breaks between scenes where the talent would perform. There were fantastic acts including dancing, singing, and playing instruments. There were single and group acts, and overall, it was a great show.
There was an award ceremony at the end for the winners of the talent portion of the show. The categories were Best Overall Performance, Best Group Performance, Best Solo Performance, and People’s Choice Award.
Talent Show Results
Best Overall Performance: Celina Norman singing “Rise Up” by Andra Day
Best Group Performance: the band Iridescent playing “Zombie” by The Cranberries
Best Solo Performance: Omar Taha singing “Someone you loved” by Lewis Capaldi
People’s Choice Award: Yasmine Madani and Tara Alkhas performing Jealous by Labrinth
Let’s see what some of the performers thought:
Omar Taha (Solo artist) said, “Before I went onstage, I was extremely nervous, to a point I was uncontrollably trembling. After a week of rehearsals, I had done everything I could to improve my performance. I found myself improvising little accessories that I never rehearsed to impress the audience.”
Sofia Sahdala, lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the band Iridescent said, “It was absolutely exhilarating to perform. With having the support of my bandmates and with the audience being so engaged it made the experience unforgettable.”
Overall, the show was fantastic, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.