Why I Will Not Support Chase Goehring From 'America's Got Talent'

Why I Will Not Support Chase Goehring From 'America's Got Talent'

Chase is not the fresh, innocent songwriter that he appears to be.
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If you keep up with "America's Got Talent" (or you just watch all of the Facebook videos that pop up on your timeline) then you probably have seen Chase Goehring.

Chase is a 21-year-old singer from Tennessee and he's been blowing up online. He takes the AGT stage with just a guitar and a mic, and one of the first things people notice about him is his resemblance to Ed Sheeran; same ginger hair, same casual hoodie and jeans, same simple stage presence.

When he opens his mouth, the resemblance continues: Chase performs original songs that are a mix of song and fast rap, and millions of people dig his sound. The comments are full of people writing, "Is it just me or does this guy remind you of Ed Sheeran?" and "The next Ed Sheeran." This is where my perception of Chase goes sour.

Let me back up a little bit. A few years ago, I got a follow on Twitter from someone named Chase Goehring. (Yes, the same Chase now getting millions of YouTube views.) I did a thorough creeping, looking through his photos and his videos. I'll admit, he reminded me of Ed immediately as well, and as a die-hard fan of Ed, I decided to give Chase a shot.

I listened to his music on iTunes, Googled him, and scrolled through his Twitter feed. To be honest, the more I listened to Chase, the less I liked him. At first glance, he does bear similarities to Ed, but his music is entirely different. His voice is higher and more nasally and his lyrics are kind of silly. (Example: in his song "A Capella" he sings, "I would say I put my soul all up in [my songs] but I am a ginger, you know how that goes.")

I decided not to follow him back and a few days later, he unfollowed me. I forgot all about him until he started showing up on my Facebook feed.

Normally, I would just ignore the videos of Chase on AGT since I already know that I'm not a fan. But the more I see his face in my feed, the more annoyed I get that he is rising to fame.

I'm not denying that Chase has talent, I just wish he could make a name for himself without being compared to someone else. I also prefer performers who don't have a fan base or musical experience before going on the show.

Chase already had music on iTunes when he took to the stage, and in my opinion, that isn't fair. His song "A Capella," which earned him the golden buzzer, isn't a recent composition--it was put on YouTube over two years ago.

On top of that, he's toured with Magcon and he was a contestant on the third season of "The X Factor"--Chase is not the fresh, innocent songwriter that he appears to be. Now he has turned to "America's Got Talent" to promote himself.

Chase isn't the type of AGT performer that I root for; he's not an underdog who has undiscovered talent. He already had fans, music on iTunes, and a background on "The X Factor" when he took to the stage, and I think he uses his resemblance to Ed to his advantage. It's tricky and dishonest and for these reasons, I will not be supporting Chase Goehring in "America's Got Talent."

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Forget Halloween Costumes And Trick Or Treating, Inktober Has My Full Attention This Year

Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.

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Besides waiting for October to celebrate Halloween, artists look forward to something else in October, which is Inktober.

Inktober means artists can draw things each day according to the month of October, under the requirement that they must be drawn in ink. Often times, many people will think it is a waste of time to draw during the month of October, but it's not for artists. Other than putting up costumes and preparing Halloween decorations, artists can try out ink for the first time if they have not done so already during this time of the year when drawing. Also, for ink, artists do not have to use expensive or any fancy ink at all, it can just be simply drawing with pens that have ink. And of course, artists need to draw on a paper to do Inktober as well.

In addition, this does not only challenge artists in drawing in ink but also their consistency and time management. Inktober is more fun if you actually do create one ink drawing each day in October. However, many people who are so busy with their lives, have the tendency of not able to have time to draw. Therefore, Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.

Besides challenging artists for time management and consistency, it is also a time for artists to see and view other artists' Inktober drawings. This is also the best part. Artists will then can see many unique and beautiful Inktober drawings posted on social media such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. Then, all the inspiration will be overflowing within the artists during the month of October. This is the perfect time to do Inktober because this October is a big hype for many Halloween festivities and film anniversaries. Artists will then be in touch with their creativity and imagination this October.

Furthermore, this year is the first time that I have tried Inktober, which is great to do in an hour or so. Although I was cluttered with lots of work and homework, I decided to take a little time off from them and give myself some time to draw a little to celebrate October. It is a perfect way to cope with stress. As I was drawing for Inktober, I already forgot what I was stressing about. Then, I was amazed by what I could draw with ink. After, when I am done with an Inktober, I will have the confidence to finish up my homework. Other than that, you will also be amazed by how your Inktober drawing turns out at the end and the reaction you will get after seeing the finished product of your Inktober drawing.

It's another fun activity that I insist artists should do this October because it's another way for artists to express themselves through drawing. I also encourage artists to hurry to do some of the Inktober because it only lasts only in October, which means one month. Overall, I am excited to see what kind of Inktober drawings there'll be for this year!

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