Their experience level ranged from extensive — in the case of Tara Elkins of Warren — to minimal — in the case of Andrea Cicoretti of Struthers.
But their goal and that of the 37 other semifinalists who sang at the Covelli Centre on tonight was the same: to eventually perform in front of judge Simon Cowell on the Fox television show “The X Factor.”
“I want to win. I want to be the next ‘X Factor’ and do my very best,” said Elkins, 26, who has competed about 100 times at various singing competitions and advanced past the local level three times for “American Idol.”
She also has competed on NBC’s “The Voice” and other competitions and has performed since she was 5 years old.
Cicoretti, on the other hand, was competing for the first time, despite having the lead in the play “Miracle on 34th Street” two years ago at the Youngstown Playhouse.
A nurse and sales and marketing representative, Cicoretti, who competed in the 30-and -over category, says her biggest reason for competing was the “wonderful support and encouragement” of her husband, Dean.
Elkins and Cicoretti were among 352 singers who auditioned for producers this afternoon, with no music, in order to narrow the field to 39 for tonight’s competition.
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