Cooks, restaurant managers, casino porters and a variety of other employees at MGM Resorts International showcased their talents in front of 390 people in the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York on Feb. 27.
The event, called “MGM Resorts Got Talent,” pitted 12 contestants, each representing the MGM property where they work, in a singing and talent competition. The show raised $3,193 and proceeds went to a philanthropic fund that MGM reinvests in the community in which their workers live.
Josiah Gerod, a cook at the MGM Grand Detroit, sang John Legend’s hit song “Ordinary People.”
When asked about his singing talent Gerod said, “Well, actually I did try out for ‘American Idol.’ I made it to the second round in Detroit and they told me I wasn’t what they was looking for, but MGM tells me I got talent.”
Gerod went on to finish third in the competition, eventually losing to Sam Berkley, son of former congresswoman Shelley Berkley. The event showcased everything from Berkley’s rendition of Bobby Darin’s “Chubby Clementine” to an original rap from a tower attendant at the MGM Signature.
This was the third talent show for the company of more than 60,000 employees. Organizers pointed out that it was great for employee engagement and morale.