January 21, 2020

By JESSICA MARTIN

 “My advice would be if you want to pursue a career in the music business, don’t,” is just one of the  brutally honest comments that came from the mouth of Simon Cowell, the well-known British   personality and judge on the TV show, X Factor.

Thankfully for the contestants, Cowell will not be making his way to Kitchener to help judge the college’s version of the show. Instead, the eight finalists, picked from the auditions by CSI president Ciara Byrne and  CSI campus service co-ordinator Sheena Sonser, will get to stand with their knees shaking before their peers and professors at noon in the Sanctuary tomorrow.

“This is the first year we’re going to let the students decide the winner,” said Sonser.

“Usually there’s a panel of judges but we’ll let the students who are in the Sanctuary during the competition choose the final two and then the winner.”
This is also the first year X Factor is taking place at Conestoga instead of CSI Idol.

“We learned from students who participated in the past that they really wanted to be able to bring their instruments in,” said Sonser. “With Idol, it’s not like that so we thought we’d change it up this year and see how it goes.”

The winner will receive a $500 prize as well as the chance to compete in a competition against other college and university students.

Sonser said she was “impressed with all of the awesome talent at the auditions” and can’t wait for the competition.

“Conestoga is full of talent and I’m excited.”