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Posted by: Date: February 1, 2008 In: ,

Sophomore crowned new PLU Idol

Dressed in a half Aladdin, half Jasmine costume, Kingsley Kalohelani belted out “A Whole New World” from Disney’s “Aladdin.”

The sophomore sang both parts of the duet, so the schizophrenic attire seemed fitting, he explained.

Kalohelani was crowned the PLU Idol in February, beating out Shannon Herried and Troy Gessler. His prize was an iPod Nano.

“I thought I lost after Shannon sang her last song,” Kalohelani said. “It was a tough competition between all of us.”

The annual J-Term competition is modeled after Fox’s popular singing competition “American Idol.” Contestants sang songs in a variety of categories, from pop and oldies to country and Disney music.

Kalohelani said he never expected to win. He decided to participate this year because he regretted not trying out last year.

“I wanted to do it (last year), but I didn’t think I’d make it that far,” he said.

Though he doesn’t describe himself as a “solo singer,” Kalohelani said singing on stage wasn’t too nerve-racking.

“I knew a lot of people. It was more like singing for my friends,” he said.

Kalohelani got his singing start last year when he came to PLU. He’s currently a member of the Choir of the West and a music education major.

PLU Idol is sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.