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NASHVILLE — On Wednesday and Thursday, “The X Factor” will debut its third season on FOX network channels. Locals may see a familiar face during one set of the auditions but they might not recognize the voice.

When Brad Wannemacher sang in the St. John’s High School choir, no one really noticed. The 2009 graduate was more concerned with golf than singing.

“I really like to sing but I didn’t have the confidence then to let everyone hear my voice,” Wannemacher said from Nashville in a phone interview with The Herald. “I decided that if I was going to change my life, I had to change. I put myself out there and won a spot on the show. This is the craziest thing I’ve ever done. It was amazing and incredible.”

Wannemacher said the notoriously ruthless “X Factor” judge Simon Cowell and the rest were very cordial and genuinely interested.

“I told the judges I was from Delphos, Ohio, and they all said, ‘Where in the heck is Delphos, Ohio?’ They asked me what I was doing and when I told them I was majoring in recording industry, they were impressed,” he said.

Wannemacher is a senior at Middle Tennessee State and while he’s in the heartland of country music, he prefers pop/rock.

“Most people come to Nashville to make a name in the country music business,” Wannemacher said. “I’m just here to study and get my degree. I like pop/rock music.”

Wannemacher’s parents, David and Connie, have been very supportive.

“They said, ‘OK. If this is what you want to do, we’re behind you’,” he said. “They are with me 100 percent.”

Wannemacher auditioned on June 12 in UFO Arena in New Orleans. He is unsure if he will be on Wednesday or Thursday but said those here at home should watch for the New Orleans audition segment.

“The X Factor” broadcast at 8 p.m.


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