The University of Central Florida hosted its second annual Knights Got Talent competition last Wednesday night during Homecoming Week.
Marketing majors Megan Fuhrman and Misha Chavez-Schmid won after singing a mashup of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" and two versions of "Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics and Marilyn Manson. The duo also sang at the Homecoming fireworks show on Friday night.
Chavez-Schmid started singing at a young age and honed his skills through a PlayStation karaoke video game.
“I would practice on there, trying to train my pitch—it was honestly pretty helpful in the long run because you would get better points for better pitch,” Chavez-Schmid said.
The Knights Got Talent winner said he really developed as a singer during private lessons in high school, while he taught himself the guitar.
“When I turned 15, I had a back [injury]” Chavez-Schmid said. “It bothered me for years after because I kept messing around and [didn't let it] heal properly. Honestly, it was the main reason I picked up the guitar."
Chavez-Schmid said he values and appreciates any singer with a lot of control of their voice.
“[Influences are] Adam Levine, Sam Smith, Aloe Blacc, Labyrinth and Ed Sheeran. Honestly, Justin Bieber is amazing. People give him a lot of criticism, but he’s a very good singer,” he said.
Chavez-Schmid, a member of Zeta Tau Beta, and Fuhrman, a Pi Beta Phi sister, saw the talent show as a way to show the connection between the two Greek organizations. They decided to collaborate during Homecoming Week.
“I didn’t expect it to be as big of a deal as it was, and I definitely did not expect us to win,” Chavez-Schmid said. “We though the girl who sang 'New York, New York' [sung by Frank Sinatra] was going to win. When we didn’t get second or third place, we were like, ‘Damn we didn’t even place!’ and then they called our names and we were like, ‘Are you sure?’”
Chavez-Schmid said he might defend his title next year.
“Yeah, [I] might as well. There’s no reason not too! Maybe I’ll preform with Megan again, and maybe I won’t—maybe we’ll compete against each other,” he said with a chuckle.
Originally published Oct. 17, 2017.
Corrections: The singers' majors were added on Oct. 18.