Recapping Miami Idol 2016

“And the winner of Miami Idol 2016 is….”

In Miami University’s Farewell Year of Miami Idol, guests had the opportunity to enjoy not only the wonderful performances put on by the incredibly talented finalists, but also had the opportunity to enjoy a unique and tasty special dinner menu, inspired by music!

The festivities began at 5pm with the start of dinner service and a menu highlighted by a variety of tastes and flavors. There were Caprese Skewers, Cheese & Grape Skewers, Veggie & Hummus Trays, Bacon Wrapped Artichokes, BBQ Ribs, Mesquite Smoked Wings, Butternut Squash, made-to-order Quinoa Bowls, Chia Seed Pudding or even Vegan Mac & Cheeze,  just to name a few dishes. The desserts were highlighted by Lemon Pies and Vegan White Cake with Raspberry Topping, and that was before the second round of sweets came out for the Finale.

Speaking of the Finale, the Top 10 singers from two nights of auditions took the stage starting at 8:30pm, competing for the top prize, which consisted of either an electric keyboard, acoustic guitar, or ukulele, along with a $75 TicketMaster Gift Card, a $15 Miami Gift Card and an Miami Idol T-Shirt. By 10pm, we brought the evening to a close by announcing our Miami Idol 2016 Winner… but more on that below.

Miami Idol Special Dinner

Special shoutout to The Cheezies, Soul 2 Soul, The Treble Makers and Just Duet for providing guests with wonderful performances during the dinner portion of the evening! If you got your picture taken on the “red carpet” as you walked in, tag yourself in your photo on Facebook!

Miami Idol Finale

The main event didn’t get started until after dinner had already wrapped up, but everyone who stopped by, or stuck around, was in for quite the treat as our performers took the stage and showed off in one of our most competitive and talented Miami Idol Finales ever!

After all 10 performances were said and done (hear them in their entirety below), our judges selected a top three and the audience then helped decide the winner…

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Ultimately, it was Mateus Maia who won Miami Idol 2016 with his incredible acoustic rendition of Hotline Bling. Seth Wagner and Charlotte Higgins finished second and third, respectively. Congratulations to Mateus, Seth and Charlotte! Thank you performers for rocking it this year and sharing your talent with us!

If you missed the festivities, or want to hear them all over again, check out the full performances below:

Dan Lenington – Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Seth Wagner – Halo by Beyonce

Katie Snee – Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright

Sam Duemler – Oh! Darling by The Beatles

Michela Vanjo – At Last by Etta James

Daniel Thompson – I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Maddie Mitchell – One Last Time by Maddie Mitchell (Original Song)

Mateus Maia – Hotline Bling by Drake

Eric Hill – Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO

Charlotte Higgins – Let It Go by James Bay


Thank you performers for rocking it this year and sharing your talent with us!


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