Local teen turns down X-Factor offer
While the majority of Covington County residents knows about Christian Wossilek, the Andalusia Middle School singing sensation, it seems the world will have to wait a bit longer before being introduced to his talents.
Why? Wossilek has turned down an appearance on the hit television show, The X-Factor. A video interview of the teen after his audition in New Orleans reveals “four yeses” from judges – music mogul Simon Cowell, former Disney star and pop artist Demi Levato, Mexican singer and actress Paulina Rubio and former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland – during the first round of auditions.
“It was nerve-wracking,” Wossilek said of his performance, where he sang Impossible by James Arthur and Closer by Alex Care.” I was worried about what Simon was going to say, but I got positive feedback from all four judges. The best comment was from Demi and Kelly, who said I gave them chills.”
But, after careful consideration after hearing the show’s contractual requirements, Wossilek opted out of the show only to be offered two amazing opportunities, his mom, Kay, said.
“We have entertainment attorneys looking over things to make sure that Christian is choosing the best option,” she said. “We went to the X-Factor thinking, ‘This is such a great opportunity,’ but when the others came our way, they were so much better. We’re so grateful he has a choice, especially at such a young age.
“Truly, I have to thank Cathy Powell (Andalusia Elementary School teacher) for where we are at this point,” she said. “She was put in his life and she encouraged him so much. She helped teach him to express himself, and we can’t thank her enough.”
Over the last several months, the family has made trips New York and LA and all points in between. To date, Wossilek has recorded two songs at Paramount Studios in LA, she said.
“One is an original song, written for him, and the other is a cover of another song, but I can’t tell what it is,” she said. “It’s been a really busy summer. Christian has met a lot of people in the music industry, and we’re so happy that he gets to make the choice.”
Wossilek, who is home-schooled, will turn 14 next month, she said.
On Friday, he described things thus far as “truly amazing.”