Exit Interviews with Jonathan Estes: Lauren Leever


On March 10th, the Season Three Top Nine took the stage one last time before two of the contestants were eliminated.  Lauren Leever sang a beautiful rendition of “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna- her last performance as a contestant. She was one of two contestants to be eliminated off.  I recently spoke with Lauren about her elimination and her overall experience on The Spotlight.


Jonathan: What actions did you take in your preparations for the show? What were your thoughts right before stepping on stage?

Lauren: I guess I would say I prepared by finding people to play instruments for me, and then just practicing as much as I could, so I wouldn’t forget the words. My thoughts right before getting on stage were always, “just don’t forget the first line of the song and you’ll be fine.”

Jonathan: You made it to the top nine. When you started the competition where did you expect to place?

Lauren: I didn’t really have any expectations for placing, I just kind of thought whatever happens…happens.

Jonathan: Was it hard to pick songs for the different themes week to week? What was your thought process for picking your songs?

Lauren: Picking the songs was kind of difficult, and the way I picked my songs was just asking my friends and family what they thought.

Jonathan: Summarize your time in spotlight. Was it what you thought it would be?

Lauren: I didn’t really know what to expect going into this, but it was a good experience! I was really out of my comfort zone, but I think it was definitely good for me to try something new! It was kind of stressful for me, but I got to meet some new and very talented people, and I’m ultimately really glad I tried it out!

Lauren Leever is a transfer junior from Warner Robins, Georgia. She is here majoring in biology, and is a part of the swim team. She really enjoys swimming, puppies, and obsessing over Ed Sheeran.

-Jonathan Estes, Spotlight Lighting Director & CAB Crew Member

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