Music and laughter filled the Hughes-Trigg Student Center M Lounge Thursday night. The SMU Talent Recruitment & Entertainment Agency Team, also know as TREAT, hosted their annual SMU’s Got Talent competition.
Performers competed for a $150 first place prize, $100 second place prize and a $50 third place prize. A panel of judges scored the acts based on four categories: originality, entertainment, charisma and audience popularity.
Acts ranged from solo musical performances and group choirs, to two-man bands and even a magic show.
Senior Julian Spearman took home the first place prize with his blindfolded keytar act (an instrument containing both a keyboard and guitar).
Senior environmental studies major and former TREAT executive, Yaw Asante, said he was proud to see an organization he helped start doing so well.
“There are people here that I recognize from the very beginning,” Asante said. “The people that used to attend the events are now the executives.”
This event was a first for senior human rights major, Cayley Miles. She wasn’t sure what to expect, but walked away pleasantly surprised.
“I had never even heard of TREAT before tonight, but they definitely lived up to their name,” Miles said. “The show was a real treat.”
On Thursday Oct. 30, students can check out the Trick or TREAT open mic night. Cash prizes will be awarded to audience members with the best halloween costumes. The event will take place in the Hughes-Trigg commons at 10 p.m.