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April 4, 2013

‘The Voice of Somerset’

Brandon Roush advances on NBC competition

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“With the stage he’s on,” she added, “with the exposure he’s getting because of the show, you never know what could happen.”
The audition phase shown on TV this week was actually filmed in October of 2012 — “I’ve been dying to share, but I’ve had to keep it quiet,” said Kimberly. Next comes the “Battle Round,” in which Shakira as a judge will pit Brandon up against someone else on the team. They’ll perform a duet together, and Shakira will pick who moves on. After the “Knock-Out Round,” Shakira will have three people left on her team, at which point the performers will take the stage live on national TV and America will vote for who they want to move on, much like is done on other shows like “American Idol.”
Roush has stayed out in Los Angeles, where the show is filmed, doing promotional interviews for the show, rehearsing, and doing volunteer work (such as at the L.A. Regional Food Bank).
“He’s working six days a week,” said Kimberly, noting that this is the first time he’s been this far away from home by himself. “He absolutely loves it.”
Brandon was also pleased with the way he was portrayed on TV — always a key factor with the art of editing reality shows — and that it showed that he was “average” kid, the same one who first auditioned in Atlanta a year ago, said Kimberly. Brandon’s work with autistic children through his job at ABA (Applied Behavioral Advancements) was also spotlighted. While reality shows tend to focus on a contestant’s personal story, often involving overcoming some kind of tragedy, the producers had to dig a little deeper to find Brandon’s hook, according to his mother.
“He didn’t have a sob story, he wasn’t abused, he came from a good family,” said Kimberly. “They finally asked him what he does for a living, and he said he works with autistic kids every day. Ding ding ding, there you go. But it’s a true story — he’s been working there for years now.”

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