Another MTSU student is taking his chances at stardom on a TV reality show, this time facing a panel of celebrity judges to sing on Fox’s “The X Factor.”
Brad Wannemacher is a senior majoring in music business in the College of Mass Communication’s Department of Recording Industry and minoring in entrepreneurship.
The Delphos, Ohio, native, who sang in his high school choir, wants to become a pop/rock artist. He posted a few videos of himself online, singing covers of songs like Gavin DeGraw’s “Sweeter” and Rihanna’s “Stay,” which apparently got the attention of “The X Factor” and earned him a chance to audition in June before the show’s celebrity judges in New Orleans.
A snippet of that performance wound up in a commercial for the reality show’s two-night premiere. Wannemacher and other contestants who auditioned in New Orleans will be included in one of the shows, which air locally beginning at 7 tonight and Thursday.
“The X Factor,” which originated in Great Britain, is in its third season on U.S. television.
The weekly competition divides singers after their first auditions into “Boys,” “Girls, “Over 25s” and “Groups.” The celebrity judges then choose a category of contestants to mentor, the singers perform, and 15 to 20 acts are chosen as finalists.
Audience members vote via phone, Internet and text during the live finals to choose the ultimate winner, who will receive a $1 million recording contract.
Wannemacher is following in the footsteps of a trio of talented MTSU colleagues who appeared this past spring and summer on reality TV.
Vocal performance major Jonathan Allen, who attended MTSU through spring 2012, sang himself into the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” last month at Radio City Music Hall. He called the experience “the greatest moment of my life.”
Sophomore recording-industry major Curtis Holland tap-danced his way past hundreds of other hopefuls to make the Top 20 of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” but a shoulder injury eliminated him from the competition in July. He returned to the show Tuesday night for its finale.
Alumnus Kris Thomas, who majored in psychology at MTSU, spent an eight-week run on NBC’s “The Voice,” earning repeated praise for his “incredible” vocal performances and reaching the top 10 before he was eliminated from the show on May 21.