MSU Student Advances To "America's Got Talent" Quarterfinals

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

Most college students are probably spending their summer interning or taking some extra classes.

One Michigan State University student is living out his dream on a national stage by competing in the quarterfinals of the prime time NBC show "America's Got Talent."

19-year-old Steve Price visited MSU's campus for the first time since his life changed a couple of months ago.

"I lived here in West Wilson last year, I can't wait to go back to school," Price said.

But his mechanical engineering classes might have to wait for a little bit. Price, better known as "Sprice," has breezed through two rounds of auditions on "America's Got Talent." The teenager doesn't sing or dance though.

"I first learned what a Rube Goldberg Machine was in middle school, and then I started building a few then, and then eventually I just kept adding more things, making them more complex," Price said.

Complex enough that he took his show on the road to audition in front of the celebrity judges.

"As soon as I finished finals at MSU, I went home, started building stuff, getting it ready, and then we took it all to Chicago to set it up," Price said.

It takes Price thousands of dominoes and up to five days to build one of his chain reactions. He had only three days to do it in Chicago, and about thirty minutes in West Wilson Hall. Both were successful.

"I was super nervous, because there's always a risk that it won't work, but everything went perfectly, and I got four 'Yes's,' Price said. "It was really nice."

Next it was off to Las Vegas, where he was among about thirty people who advanced without having to perform a second time. Now he's preparing for the quarterfinals at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and enjoying some new-found fame.

"I've had tons of people that are in love with me on Twitter and everything," Price said.

His close friends even schedule work accordingly so they can watch when Price is on.

"I'm really excited to see him in New York, because it's going to be live this time, and we'll get to see more of the action," MSU student and Price's friend Kaitlyn Bunyak said.

No matter how far he makes it in the competition, school comes first for Sprice.

"I'm still going to do next semester," Price said. "Hopefully I won't be too far behind."

People back home in Canton, Mich., have already asked Price to perform at events. He said if he wins the million dollars, he'll finish school, travel the world, and then try to make a Rube Goldberg television show.

The second night of Vegas auditions airs tonight on WILX. Sprice will be on again next week when the show moves to New York.

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