Reality check: Ex-CMU student advances on 'Voice'

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  • All three members of Team Adam Levine moved on to the next round of live performances on NBC's "The Voice," including James Wolpert.

    The former CMU art student confirmed his tech geek status when photos of him wearing a vest while playing in a high school band were shown on Monday's program, but he backed up the rocker geek image as well.

    Mr. Levine chose The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" for Mr. Wolpert, who handled the range capably. Even more impressive was his comfort working the stage and the crowd, at one point casually sitting on some steps and later ending the number on his knees.

    Former CMU student still in 'Voice' spotlight

    "The Voice" contestant James Wolpert performs The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" on this week's live show. (Video courtesy of NBC; 11/16/2013)

    "Giving you that high note was the best advice [Mr. Levine] gave you because it did bring the energy to a whole different place," noted Christina Aguilera.

    The top 10 perform live Monday, with a results show Tuesday.

    Auditions for the next season of "The Voice" will be held soon; the closest is in Philadelphia Jan. 11-12. For more information and instructions on how to apply for the show via video submission, go to www.NBCTheVoice.com.

    Also on reality TV ...

    * Four little dancers will be in the finale spotlight of "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" next week (Lifetime, Tuesdays), hoofing it up for $100,000 and a dance scholarship.

    * If there are any Norwegian branches in the family tree, feel free to apply for Season 5 of "Alt for Norge," aka "The Great Norway Adventure."

    Twelve Norwegian-Americans will be chosen to fly to Norway to compete in a series of "extreme cultural" challenges for a $50,000 prize and the chance to meet long- lost relatives. Previous seasons featured C.J. Foss, a delivery man for a Chinese restaurant in Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg ironworker Karac Ellestad. Norway's Monster Entertainment is producing. Apply online and find more information at www.oconnorcasting.tv/index.php/norway.

    * Doron Ofir Casting is accepting submissions for a new anthology series that features tales of pastimes and hobbies that lead to compulsion. The show is "seeking cautionary tales from the people who have lived it and bravely continue to fight for redemption as survivors ... . We are seeking stories then began with an innocent curiosity and led to a darker obsession in the areas of money and greed, sexual compulsion, gambling, technology and fitness.

    "Is it tearing your family apart? Is someone in your family so obsessed that it's destroyed relationships, careers, etc.?"

    The press release suggests Doron Ofir Casting will treat inquiries and stories "with the utmost respect." Submit online at www.ruinedmylifecasting.com.


    Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

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