An interview with Caroline Portu, BC's newest idol

You probably know her as the girl who sings the national anthem at hockey games, that freshman who sounds just like Beyonce, or maybe even the girl with the awesome curly blonde hair walking around campus. Well folks, that girl’s name is Caroline Portu, and now she has BC Idol to add to her list of identifiers.

Photo courtesy of Caroline Portu/Facebook

Photo courtesy of Caroline Portu

After coming off a successful performance at the TD Garden for the Beanpot championship, Portu A&S '16, was feeling invincible. She casually thought to herself, “I really should add a prominent title to my list of achievements,” and auditioned for BC Idol. She knew that becoming the BC Idol was the equivalent of becoming a celebrity on campus, as Ricky Scheiber-Camoretti would know, and the potential fame and glory was just too much to pass up.

It was clear after her performance of “Feelin’ Good” from the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, more commonly known by Michael Buble’s cover, that the rest of the performers couldn’t measure up to the talent hiding in that curly blonde hair.

After fighting off numerous cameras, reporters and paparazzi, I somehow managed to snag an interview with the leading lady on campus, and she was not the least bit shy about her fame.

Caroline, how does it feel to be the most famous person on campus?

Honestly it's kind of a burden. I have constant hand cramps from signing so many autographs and I'm basically blinded by all the flashing cameras. I wouldn't wish such a life even for my worst enemy.

What do you get as a prize for winning BC Idol?

Eternal glory (and 300 bucks). Let’s be real though, only the first one really matters. I could spend $300 in a day at this school, but glory lasts forever.

What was your relationship with the other contestants?

I tried to undermine their confidence right from the get go. Basically, a whole lot of trash talking and a major instillation of fear, Machiavelli style. I have to give a shout out to Professor Pope in the Perspectives department for that one!

Caroline is also a member of the BC Acoustics. Photo courtesy of BC Acoustics/Facebook

Caroline is also a member of the BC Acoustics.
Photo courtesy of BC Acoustics

 What was your winning strategy?

I relied solely on Jedi mind tricks.

So you don’t attribute it to your talent?

No. I learned everything I know from Obi-Wan Kenobi.

What would you do if you got to meet Ryan Seacrest?

I would ask him how he likes living in Ellen DeGeneres' old house. Those talk show hosts all have such homogeneous tastes.

If you could pick the next step in your career, would it be Dancing with the Stars, a movie about your life, or your own reality show on E network?

Definitely a movie about my life starring Kristen Stewart as me. I don't think there would be much of a plot though…

Any advice for aspiring singers out there?

Always try to insert a scream in the middle of a song. Replacing all the lyrics with curse words also guarantees you a standing ovation.

Check out Caroline Portu in the BC Acoustics at their next show on Mar. 23 at 7:30 pm in McGuinn 121! Or feel free to just follow her around campus. She’ll love that.

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