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