Mike Parker, the Fauquier County-raised young man who was snapped up by celebrity coach Jennifer Hudson at the last possible moment during blind auditions on NBC’s popular singing competition, “The Voice,” is coming to LFCC’s Warrenton Campus on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Parker, whose mother Dr. DeJuanna Parker is an LFCC academic adviser, will perform a few songs and act as a celebrity judge during the LFCC ’80s Lip Sync Battle, starting at 12:30 p.m. Mike, who will be a special guest judge during the competition, will also sing a few songs after the contestants have performed.
Dr. Parker and Mike’s brother, Collin, were shown celebrating backstage during his “The Voice” audition that aired earlier this month. Mike won his battle round during last week’s episode of the popular show.
Because this is such a unique opportunity for fans to see Mike perform, the college has decided to open the lip sync competition to members of the public, in addition to LFCC students, faculty and staff. The public is also welcome to just come and watch the show.
“We are so excited and so grateful to Mike for agreeing to come to Lord Fairfax and perform a few songs,” says LFCC campus life and student engagement specialist Chris Lambert – who will perform a 1980s Madonna hit. “Come out to LFCC and see Mike as his musical career is taking off. He’s moving to California shortly after his performance, so this truly could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!”
The first-place winner in the lip sync contest will receive a $100 Visa gift card, with $50 going to the second-place finisher, and $25 to the third.
Thursday’s lip sync battle is part of a week of celebrations as Lord Fairfax celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Fauquier Campus. Other highlights include a Halloween costume runway contest, games, theme days and a showing of 1988 hit movie “Beetlejuice.”