Lambda Chi’s high-energy performance propelled them to their win. Photo by: Aubrey Spencer
An annual greek tradition took place in Palmer Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 26. Lip Jam, Montevallo’s lip-syncing contest held between greek organizations treated a large audience of students and family members to a whimsical and unique take on the average talent show.
Hosted by Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Lip Jam’s moderate fee for entry went to benefit Fighting Hunger, an organization dedicated to anti-poverty measures on a domestic level in the United States, and the ongoing philanthropy of Alpha Gam.
Each year, competing lip-sync groups are assigned a playlist for the performance based on an overarching theme. This year, greeks were randomly paired with a movie soundtrack for their performance.
The event itself was a mix of comedic and often nonsensical lip-sync performance and professional level choreography. Exemplifying the strangeness of the event was Alpha Kappa Lambda’s showstopping choreography to “The Fate of the Furious,” followed immediately by a duet tango between two of the brothers, one of whom was in drag.
By the end of the night, AKL won second place in the fraternity category.
Further down in the fraternity lineup, the Alpha Tau Omega’s were in their element with a show of both Alabama and fraternity pride with a dance to the soundtrack of “Forrest Gump.”
Despite the tight competition, the fraternity winner was Lambda Chi Alpha with an explosive performance to the soundtrack to “Space Jam.” The brothers of Lambda Chi slam-dunked their performance with tight choreography, well mixed music and a healthy helping of humor.
The sororities brought up the second half of the night with an equal show of skill and fun. Keeping with the theme of the night, campus sororities competed for lip-sync superiority with their own selection of movie themes.
Second place was secured by Phi Mu’s fierce performance to the theme of the 2014 hit, “Divergent.” While the soundtrack proved to be a step darker and more intense than some of the other sets, the Phi Mus used this to their advantage, setting themselves apart from the pack with an equally intense act.
Among a full night of strong performances, one sorority pulled ahead with a unique, jazzy twist. Alpha Delta Pi’s performance set to the 2013 “Great Gatsby” soundtrack was a black and white whirlwind paired with the film’s unique fusion of jazz and pop. Choreography was tight and cohesive in both the solo and group sections of the act, leaving the auditorium roaring with applause.
The night was rounded off by a non-competitive performance by Alpha Gamma Delta. While the judges’ results were tallied, the sorority performed a routine set to the widely beloved soundtrack of “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
By the end of the night, Alpha Gamma Delta raised over 1500 dollars for Fighting Hunger.