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USC Students Show Off Their Talents

Jonathan Jones won the 2011 "USC's Got Talent" competition earlier this week. Jonathan Jones won the 2011 "USC's Got Talent" competition earlier this week.

By:  Lauren Hinnant

You may have heard of "America's Got Talent," but at the University of South Carolina students are just as talented as those you may have seen on TV.

The annual "USC's Got Talent" event brought together dancers, singers, and musicians to show off their skills on Tuesday night at the Russell House. 

Jonathan Jones played the saxophone, but even more impressive, he taught himself how to do it.

"The more the better, so it felt really great playing in front a lot of people, I really appreciate it," said Jones.

One act came to promote a new break-dancing club on campus called Swype. The dancers said they wanted to show everyone they can dance and that you don't need experience.

Kallie Linsberg spent weeks scanning the campus for talented students.  It was Linsberg's first year coordinating the event, she was elected to the position through Carolina Productions.

"(I've been) going to music departments, going to find dancing groups, finding even a cappella groups, it's making sure that we reach out to those students and that we tell them that we have the text voting that will help you if you bring out your friends," said Linsberg.

Attendees voted on the winner through text messaging their vote. 

Saxophone player Jonathan Jones won in his first competition.  It left him speechless, but his saxophone and the music did all the talking.

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