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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!


Miami Idol 2016: Details, Menu and Finalist Info


It’s Miami Idol’s Farewell Year and that means going all-in on the Finale! One week from now, Western Commons will be hosting a special dinner with a menu inspired by music. Shortly after, the final round of Miami Idol will begin, highlighted by 10 very talented students who will be competing for a first-prize consisting 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! Similar prizes for second and third are also on the line come March 2nd!

Between the delicious food beforehand and the exciting Finale, it will certainly be one night you won’t want to miss!

Event Details

  • March 2nd at Western Dining Commons
  • Dinner: 5-8 PM
  • Menu: Available Below
  • Finale:
    • Doors Open at 8:15 PM
    • Finale Begins at 8:30 PM
    • $5 Event Entry – Meal Plans will be accepted

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Miami Idol Special Dinner Menu (5-8 PM)


  • Buffalo Chicken Dip with Pita Chips
  • Caprese Skewers
  • Cheese and Grape Skewers
  • Bacon Wrapped Artichokes
  • Antipasto Tray
  • Veggie and Hummus Tray


  • Beef Tips with Egg Noodles
  • Green Bean Almandine
  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage Brown Butter
  • Roasted Herbed Pork Loin
  • Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Spinach with Brie Cream Sauce
  • Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf
  • Made to Order Primavera Tortellini with Garlic breadstick
  • Roasted Roma Tomato Soup
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • Yukon Gold Potato Bar
  • Deluxe Pudding Bar

GRILL & ROAST (Country/Soul)

  • Barbecue Ribs
  • Mesquite Smoked Wings
  • Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Celery, Carrots
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Garlic Cheese Flatbread
  • Shrimp and Goat Cheese Flatbread
  • Vegetarian Baked Beans
  • Okra, Corn, & Black Eyed Pea Succotash
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • California Vegetable Blend
  • Coleslaw


  • London Broil
  • Butternut Squash
  • Kale Salad with Roasted Carrots and Shallots topped with a Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Fresh Roasted Vegetable Blend
  • Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Lemon
  • Roast Sweet Potato Halves
  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Made to Order Quinoa Bowls
  • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
  • Vegan Mac and Cheeze
  • Chia Seed Pudding

SALAD/DELI (Encores)

  • Spinach Salad
  • Caesar Salad
  • BLT Spinach Wrap
  • Caramel Cheesecake Brownies
  • Black Forest Bar
  • Individual Lemon Pies
  • Vegan White Cake with Raspberry Topping


  • Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes
  • Mini Dessert Shooters
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Miami Idol Contestants

Miami Idol Contestants

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Miami Idol Lip Sync Contest; Rules and Information

  1. Video submissions must be between 15-20 seconds long.
  2. Lip Sync submissions must be submitted by sending us the video through Direct Message on Twitter by 11:59 pm on 2/24 to be valid.
  3. Songs must be appropriate for all audiences. No explicit lyrics allowed.
  4. All elements of the corresponding performance must be appropriate for all audiences.
  5. One entry per person.
  6. Every submission is subject to review and may be removed without warning, if deemed inappropriate.
  7. Voting will begin on 2/25. Vote for your favorite and the submission that receives the highest number of votes will win the prize — two free meal passes to the Miami Idol Special Dinner and Miami Idol Finale!
  8. Have fun and join us at Western Dining Commons on March 2 for our Miami Idol Special Dinner and our Miami Idol Finale!

Please note that these videos will be shared through Miami University Dining Social Media Accounts to all of our followers during this contest. 

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Miami Idol 2016: Announcing the Finalists

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of hosting two nights of Miami Idol Auditions, with one at Harris Dining Hall and the other at Garden Commons. We are incredibly appreciative of the students that came out to participate in the auditions for our final Miami Idol competition.

We got to see a number of wonderful performances over those two nights, but only 10 participants could move on to the Miami Idol Finale on March 2nd at Western Commons. So, we announce our Miami Idol 2016 Finalists:

Miami Idol 2016 Finalists

Charlotte Higgins

Song: I Can’t Make You Love Me

Dan Lenington

Song: Thinking Out Loud

Daniel Thompson

Song: Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

Eric Hill

Song: Tenerife Sea

Katie Snee

Song: Hallelujah

Maddie Mitchell

Song: Since Second Grade

Mateus Faria Maia

Song: I’m Not The Only One

Michela Vanjo

Song: Let It Go

Sam Duemler

Song: Dream A Little Dream

Seth Wagner

Song: Circle Of Life

Can’t wait to see everyone at the Miami Idol Special Dinner from 5-8pm on Wednesday, March 2 at Western Dining Commons! The Miami Idol Finale will occur right after!

UPDATE (2/23): Cam Warland has pulled out moving Dan Lenington into the remaining Top 10 Finalists.