HAMILTON TOWNSHIP- John Berchtold, 19, just finished his freshman year at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and while he is looking forward to the start of his sophomore year he is on a mission right now and through Aug. 23 to get as many fans as he can to cast a vote for him for the “ABC Make Me a Star Contest.”
The winner at the close of voting on Aug. 23 is going to win a six-month $10,000 talent option contract with ABC - a dream come true for this 2012 Oakcrest High School graduate and former Mr. Oakcrest.
Berchtold just learned that he had been chosen one of the ten finalists from a nationwide talent search.
“I am always pursuing auditions online. When I saw the ‘ABC Make Me a Star,’ I researched it and followed the instructions; chose a comedic scene, filmed it, uploaded it and really did not know what would happen,” said Berchtold.
“I am confident in my work and in my abilities but I never get too excited and never expect too much and that way I never let it get me down. I just remain upbeat and confident.”
There were thousands of entries, according to Berchtold. He received a phone call about two weeks ago call that he had made the cut and was among the final ten that the general Facebook public will have a chance to see and vote on. The 19-year-old said he put on his most professional voice right after saying “are you serious?” to the ABC producer that called. He is now down to the final six.
“I feel kind of selfish asking my friends and family to vote for me every day through the end of the contest but I need their support and their votes,” said Berchtold. “It means the world to me that people are supporting me, it really does.”
The only stipulation is that voters must be logged in on Facebook to vote for Berchtold.
The rules are fairly simple, and Berchtold he wants to show the world just what South Jersey has to offer. Voting runs through Aug. 23. Anyone with a Facebook may vote and you can vote once a day.
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