Reality Check: Former CMU student's 'Voice' carries


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Everybody loves James.

At least, so far. The former Carnegie Mellon University art major completely wowed the judges during his blind audition on NBC's "The Voice," and if James Wolpert can match his level of singing in the battle rounds, he might go far.

Mr. Wolpert, 22, will be on the show Monday or Tuesday. He performed Jack White's "Love Interruption" on the audition shows in September, compelling all four judges to fight over him.

Former CMU student wows 'The Voice' judges

James Wolpert has gone from working at an Apple Store in Pittsburgh to wowing the judges on NBC's hit show "The Voice.'" (Video courtesy of NBC; 10/19/2013)

"I've never been more flattered in my life," he said in an NBC video clip.

He also was extremely nervous.

"I felt like all my insides wanted to be on the outside of me."

When he mentioned he has worked at the Apple Store in Pittsburgh, Wexford's own Christina Aguilera jumped in to say that was her hometown and therefore Mr. Wolpert should join her team.

He decided to join Adam Levine's team.

Also on the reality front ...

• Making Halloween even spookier, "RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Sharon Needles (aka Aaron Coady) will be rocking a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" benefit Monday at the Regent Square Theater.

The frightfully glamorous Needles will perform a shadowcast with Tim Curry's Dr. Frank N Furter for the big "Sweet Transvestite" number.

Doors open at 8 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and craft brews, and the movie/show begins at 9. Tickets are available via www.showclix.com for $50 and benefit the barebones production theater company (www.barebonesproductions.com).

• Sidebar, an establishment in Kittanning, will be featured on the Oct. 28 episode of Discovery's new series, "Bar Hunters." Tom Powers, a "bar expert," will help the owners achieve their desired "trashy, with a touch of class" vibe.

• There will be arm-twisting. AMC has green-lit "King of Arms," a reality series that will follow five arm-wresting clubs through 10 episodes of he-manly endeavours. "King of Arms" is from the same company that produces "Deadliest Catch."

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Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG. First Published October 18, 2013 8:00 PM


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